Bullying of some kind is a pretty much a universal high school experience. At one point or another, you were probably made to feel like an inadequate loser, and most of the time you couldn’t do anything about it. That’s why The Karate Kid resonated so much with kids in the ’80s and beyond. Daniel LaRusso was the quintessential embattled geek with a chip on his shoulder who, through the wisdom and teaching of Mr. Miyagi, found the courage and skill to stand up to his bullies and defeat Cobra Kai (insert triumphant fist pump here).
The Karate Kid made ’80s icons of Ralph Macchio and Elisabeth Shue, so let’s see what they and the rest of the cast have been up to since Daniel crane kicked his way to victory.