Underdog Kids

Synopsis: Jimmy "The Lightning Bolt" Lee is a former mixed martial arts champion who returns home and is asked by his father figure, Charlie, to teach a group of inner city kids martial arts in preparation for a tournament. The reigning junior national champions, the Beverly Hills Scorpions, are coached by the very cocky and arrogant Ted Barret, who is a former rival of Jimmy's. With help from local food truck vendor Big Mama, Jimmy's team becomes the Underdogs. As the Underdogs prepare for the big tournament, both the kids and Jimmy learn some lessons from each other that will make their bond stronger as they prepare for a showdown with the Scorpions.
Genre: Action, Family
Director(s): Phillip Rhee
Production: Starz Media
94 min


- Yo, come on, man.

- James! James!

- Come on, man.

- What about the kids?

Don't you dare call them kids.

Those are not kids.

Those are little animals, man.

No. No.

- I can't do it. I can't do it, no.

- Sure, you can.

No, no, look, I don't even want

you to pay me to teach them.

All right? No, no.

I can't pay you,

but I would if I could.

Listen, that one with the attitude,

man, I can't deal with him.

- Well...

- I'm not here for that, okay?

One of them keeps farting. No,

I gotta get out of here, man.

- I can't do this, man.

- Wait, wait, wait.

What about the tournament?

You can't quit now.


watch me.


Now what?

- Awesome.

- Mm-hmm, yes. Thank you.



- Inspiring.

- Yeah. Thank you.



- Ooh.

- Great balls of fire.

You gotta keep your chin down.


I said you gotta

keep your chin down.

Uh, excuse me, mister,

but I believe you're disturbing

our concentration.

Wait, let him speak.

Yes, let him speak.

So what do you know

about karate?

A little.

Like what?

I know that if you

keep your chin down,

you won't lose balance.

And how do you know that?

I just know.


Are you here for an audition?


Can you show us?

Maybe some other time.

I knew it.

All talk and no action.

He thinks he's all tough

with his leather jacket.

- Come on, guys.

- And his glasses.


I'll show you.

So, who wants to hold the pad?

- He does.

- Careful.


Put it up.

Which... what are you

knuckleheads trying to do?

Break a window or what,

for crying out loud?



You came.

You're all back together again.

Look at you.

Charlie, how come

you're limping?

Ah, it's just a hip.

I'm just getting old, you know?

It's nothing. It warms up.

Hey, listen, did you eat?

No, not yet.

I gotta... I gotta

take you someplace.

- Oh, yeah?

- Yeah.

Where are you

taking me, Charlie?

You're late.

- Hey, Big Mama.

- Hey, Charlie.

I brought you a surprise.

Well, for heaven's sakes!

Hey, Big Mama.

How are you doing?

Boy, we have not seen you

in this neck of the woods

for a long time.

Last time I heard,

you hit it big.

Then it hit me that you got hit

by a bus or something?

- Semi.

- A what?

A big truck.

Oh, semi, big truck...

what do I know, Charlie?

I just heard you got hurt

really bad.

So, tell me, Jimmy,

are you coming home for good

or are you just visiting?

No, I'm just visiting.

Jimmy's training

for his big fight.


Boy, are you gonna fight again

after all that?

Are you crazy?

Can't give up now.

Besides, it's the only thing

that I'm good at.

Well, if you're gonna fight,

you gotta eat.

So what can I get

for you, sugar?

- Charlie?

- Get the special.

- The special.

- You got the special. Charlie?

- I'll have my Hebrew.

- Your Hebrew dog.

Uh-uh! You know good and well

your money is no good here.

Now you put that back

in your pocket.

That's on me.

All right, give me a special

and a Hebrew dog for my Charlie.

This is a bad idea.

Why do you keep saying that?

Because I hate kids, Charlie.

They smell

and they're a pain in the butt.

Just give it a chance, okay?

Hey, kids!

Gather up here.

I want you to meet

the former mixed martial arts

champion of the world

Jimmy "the Lightning Bolt,"

your new coach.

I bet a dollar

you won't last one week.

I'll give him two weeks, tops.

Hi, kids.

- Hi, Valerie.

- Hi, Charlie.

- How was class today?

- We didn't have class today.

You still couldn't find a


No, I found a replacement.

Meet Jimmy.

Jimmy, this is Valerie.

Valerie is Sean and Alex's aunt.

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Phillip Rhee

Phillip Rhee (born September 7, 1960) is a Korean American actor, director, martial artist, and film producer, most famous for his role in the Best of the Best movie series. more…

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