What? The Karate Kid is Not a Girl?

Summary: Sometimes identifying gender can be tough for kids

My daughter’s been looking forward to seeing the new Karate Kid with Jaden Smith ever since she saw the first preview. We go too see it on Saturday and after some previews the movie finally starts. Five minutes into it my daughter asks a most interesting question.

“Is that a boy or a girl?”

“Uh, that’s a boy.”

“I though it was a girl.”

“So every time you saw the previews you thought the Karate Kid was about a girl?”


“I’m sorry about that. Are you disappointed that he’s a boy?”

“Yes. But that’s Ok, I’ll just pretend he’s a girl.”

So a word to Hollywood. Make more family oriented action movies with lead characters that are girls.

File Under: My Daughter Still Assumes People with Long Hair are Girls Even Though Her Own Dad Has Long hair.

One Response to “What? The Karate Kid is Not a Girl?”

  • James P. Wack Says:

    Long live longhairs!

    Now, on topic, I wish there were more female leads in action movies too, I can only remember Sarah Connor and Jessica Biel’s character in Blade. In the Japanese animation there are some, just look for Hayao Miyazaki’s creations: Nausicaä and Kiki (now translated an distributed by Disney).



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