- 1 hr 41 min
Sidekicks is a 1992 American martial arts film directed by Aaron Norris, starring Chuck Norris, Beau Bridges, and Jonathan Brandis. The story revolves around a young boy named Barry Gabrewski, played by Brandis, who dreams of being a martial arts hero like his idol, Chuck Norris. Barry is a bullied asthmatic who takes solace in his imagination, often picturing himself as a sidekick to his hero, Chuck Norris, in imaginary fights against bullies and criminals. He trains in martial arts under the guidance of his local karate teacher, Kelly Stone, played by Norris. Kelly Stone, a retired martial arts champion, is obsessed with winning the national karate championships. When his regular partner is injured, he agrees to team up with Barry for the competition. Together, they embark on a journey of training and practicing, preparing for the championship. In addition to the training for the championship, Barry also has to deal with the troubles of adolescence, including a crush on his neighbor, Lauren, played by Julia Nickson. Lauren is a journalist who is investigating a corrupt businessman, played by Joe Piscopo. Bridges plays the role of the schoolâs vice-principal, Mr. Edwards, who is also a fan of martial arts. He supports Barryâs ambitions and tries to help him overcome his asthma by running with him. However, Mr. Edwards is also involved in the investigation into the corrupt businessman, which puts him in danger. As the championship approaches, Barry finds himself facing his biggest challenge yet. He must face off against his own fears and asthma as well as his opponents, including a ruthless karate champion, played by Richard Moll. The film is a coming-of-age story that explores the themes of perseverance, self-discovery, and overcoming obstacles. It also features a strong message of anti-bullying and standing up for oneself. Sidekicks was praised for its martial arts choreography and the performances of its cast members. Brandis was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film for his role in the film. The film also features a memorable theme song, âDreams,â performed by the late Roy Orbison. The song serves as the perfect accompaniment to the movie, as it captures the spirit of the film and the aspirations of its hero. In conclusion, Sidekicks is a heartwarming and inspiring film that has stood the test of time. Featuring a mix of heartfelt drama, humor, and action, it is a movie that will uplift and entertain viewers of all ages. It is a must-see for fans of martial arts and those looking for an uplifting and inspiring story.