- Plural of sidekick
Sidekicks is a 1992 movie about a kid named Barry Gabrewski who has asthma. He has a lot of daydreams about being Chuck Norris' sidekick, the two of them battling against Norris' movie enemies who are often personified by Barry's school bullies. He lives with his father Jerry Gabrewski, a widower.
Barry is taught martial arts by an old Chinese man called Mr. Lee (Mako), the sly uncle of his teacher Ms. Noreen Chan (Julia Nickson-Soul). Mr. Lee decides to teach Barry some karate so that he can defend himself from the bullies. Barry later enters a tournament where he confronts his bullies and gets to fight alongside Chuck Norris after all.
This movie has many elements in common with The Karate Kid, but it is unusual for the movies starring Norris since it parodies his previous movie roles.
- This movie is one of the few that was filmed primarily in Houston, TX. It is suggested this was done as a result of funding from well known furniture outlet owner, Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale, produced and invested 8 million dollars on this movie. It is believed his relationship with Chuck Norris, who starred in many commercials with "Mac" came to him with the idea of creating this film. In McIngvale's book, "Always Think Big", he states going into film and producing was a huge mistake. This movie only grossed $17,180,393.00 and lost a considerable amount of money.
- While Julia Nickson-Soul plays Jonathan Brandis' teacher in this film, she would later portray Lieutenant Commander Heiko Kimura alongside Brandis' Lucas Wolenczak in the final episode of seaQuest DSV.
- The high school shot was filmed in Houston Independent School District's Lamar High School.
- In the scene where we first see the tournament, the people on stage performing with various weapons were not (All at least) stunt doubles, one has been confirmed to be a teacher of Karate in the Houston area.
- If you watch closely during the forms competition, you will see a student of Kuk Sool Won performing the jumping crescent kicks used in Kicho Hyung, the first form learned under Suh In Hyuk, the founder of true Kuk Sool Won.
sidekicks in Russian: Боковые удары (фильм)