Hollywood’s remake of the 1984 hit film The Karate Kid came under fire as an Australian children’s group said it was too violent for kids.
The Australian Council on Children and the Media wants the film, which stars Jackie Chan and Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith, given a higher classification because of the brutality of some scenes.
The remake should have been given an ‘M’ rating in Australia, indicating it was not recommended for those under the age of 15, rather than the Parental Guidance tag, said Elizabeth Handsley, the council’s vice president.
Glenn Cupit, a child psychologist and council board member, described the movie’s violence as “quite brutal and of an adult type”.
Handsley said that this film was a stronger version as compared to the original. “No-one’s saying it’s a bad movie, but that doesn’t mean it's appropriate for kids,” she added.