Rocky Loves Emily

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I just got finished watching 3 Ninjas. That's right. You heard me. This movie from 1992:

I remember seeing it in the theater, too. Multiple times. I. Was. Obsessed. And it helped that my parents ran a movie theater :-)

So what did I do after the movie was over? I proceeded to go around the house, chasing my husband and PeeWee, kicking and punching, screaming AYAH! AYAH! AHhhhh! AYAH! At 11:30 at night. On a weekday.

You see, watching this movie and its Home Alone type hijinks made me giggle, but it also made me remember how BADLY I wanted to be a ninja when I was a kid. Seriously. I begged my parents to take karate for years (Karate Kid is another favorite childhood film). They never caved. I wonder if I'm too old to start now?

Watching this movie tonight reminded me how much I'm still a kid at heart.

Which is probably why middle grade is my favorite category in books. Don't get me wrong, I love YA and adult as well...and a good picture book I can read over and over. But 9-12 years...well, that's me. And you know how I know? Because when the dumb-surfer-kidnapper in the movie goes "If I were a little booger, where would I be?" I laugh hysterically. And when Colt gets angry at his dad for not understanding how much being a ninja warrior means to him--I'm *totally* pissed, too. Parents just don't get it.

So I'm going to leave you with a montage of some of the great 3 Ninja scenes here. Maybe it will remind you of being a kid, too. In fact...what did YOU want to be when you grew up?

Sidenote: Rocky's kip up 2:36 in is awesome! I knocked the wind out of myself trying that move more times than I can count....

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Just Your Typical Book Blog said...



This is my movie! I so just fangirled right along with you while reading this. I even got my niece who is 11 to love this movie. She always wants to watch it when she comes over.

One of my favorite lines: "We don't wanna hurt you, we just wanna kidnap you."

Shallee said...

Ooh, I loved this movie as a kid! I had a tiny bit of a crush on Rocky. :)

NiaRaie said...

Oh my Gahhh! I'm truly freaking out. I LOVED that movie as a kid and I totally remember the chant, "Rocky Loves Emily."

Susan said...

Rocky loved Emily, and I hated Emily for it. Rocky was miiiiine!!!! Oh, the first crushes of Little Me..

Le sigh. I still have a special place in my heart for the 3 NINJAS.

Susan + Rocky 4Ever <3 <3

Elaine AM Smith said...

Thanks for posting. Multiple memories: I loved this movie and all versions of The Karate Kid.

Josin L. McQuein said...

*laughs at ninja fangirl*

*ducks flying kick of death*

I didn't realize this was a theatrical release film. I thought it was one of those Direct-to-video family movies. (That was how I watched it as a kid.) It's like the ultimate mash-up: Karate kid + Home Alone, with a bit of Bill & Ted (for the surfer dudes), a huge dose of the Stooges, and even a little Steven Segal wannabe in the villain.

Was there a single commercial that didn't include the "We should run! We should hide! We should kick their butts!" line?

Joanna said...

Just for the record--I heart Colt 4Eva! Seriously--I always like the funny guy and the dark ones, and Colt is BOTH. <3

Turns out Max Elliot Slade aged quite nicely, too. And he's in a band, to boot!

But Rocky was cute, too. :-)

Keith said...

You're never too old to begin martial arts. Besides, nothing relieves stress better than slapping on protective gear and beating the crap out of each other!

Loretta Nyhan said...

I'm adding this to netflix...

And you are NOT too old to take Karate. My friend got her black belt at 43. The JSV could totally kick some butt!

Lara said...

I LOVED this movie! And I took karate. And I had a huge crush on Colt. Sigh. Surf Ninjas was another fabulous 90s karate classic, though I'm not sure it would hold up quite as well as 3 Ninjas...Will just have to watch both and see!

Monica said...

So, if you were a ninja, would that make you a ninjo?

Thanks to Raiders of the Lost Ark, I spent the better part of my child hood wishing, hoping, praying to be a archeologist.

I spent years digging holes in the woods looking for the next big find. Once I found this rotten old board game and was *so* convinced it was a historical relic. My parents, however, were not swayed, and I totally cried when they wouldn't help me call the museum to report it. Stupid parents. :)

Anonymous said...

Joanna, as a martial art instructor myself I can safely say you are never too old to start a martial art. The only thing to bear in mind is there may be moves the older practitioner might not be able to do, it’s no good asking an 83-year-old to do a jump spinning back kick. Of course I’m not suggesting for a second you are 83 :)
Was the move you liked at 2.36 the jumping double front kick or the back flip up from the floor?

Joanna said...

Anonymous--the back flip up from the floor. My husband calls it a kip up, and he can do them really well (so well, that my little cousins thought he was really Spider Man for a number of years, haha).

I am actually pretty pumped about this. Since writing the post, I've gotten some encouraging emails from friends and colleagues who have started something like this later in life. So I asked my husband to pay for lessons as an Xmas gift! We'll see if I get it :-)

You don't happen to teach martial arts in the NYC area, do you??

Anonymous said...

Joanna, I teach in the UK, but I really recommend having a go at martial arts and every woman should know something about self-defence. The back flip from the floor is something I used to be able to do, but haven't done for years. One of my black belts is very good at it though, but he's younger and fitter than me :) I have a good f.a.q section on my website for people thinking about starting martial arts it might give you an idea of some questions to ask or things to expect.
Best of luck

Joanna said...

Thank you, Jim!! I'm reading your website now....

Anonymous said...

No problem, Joanna, I’m always happy to help people with martial arts. If you have any questions feel free to use the email address on the site. Maybe your martial art adventures would make a good blog post?
All the best