Sidekicks

The movie with Chuck Norris, Mako (one of the great character actors of his day and it’s a shame he never got that gold statue), Richard Moll, Joe Piscopo and others.

On Facebook I saw that this movie was released 25 years ago yesterday.  That doesn’t add up to me, but that’s okay; it’s what brought it to mind.

I’ve got to admit, it has always been one of my guilty pleasures.  Behind the send-up of action movies, well, to a large extent I was  that kid.  Oh, I didn’t have the asthma excuse for getting out of gym.  No, I had it worse, I had the combination of being a physical “late bloomer” (meaning I hit puberty, and the various growth spurts, later than my peers) so I was always the runt in the class without having an excuse from showing everybody how small and weak I was.

And, of course, there was no Mr. Lee to take me under his wing and help me through all that.  And I didn’t have a “father figure” of any type really for guidance and support.  My parents had separated when I was very young.  The stepfather that came later was also gone (praise the Norns–and that abusive SOB is now long dead; may his shade haunt Niflhel until Ragnarok and beyond).  So I had to deal with that all on my own.

But I’m not bitter.  No, not in the least.

If you didn’t get it, that was sarcasm.

Anyway, back to the movie.  I don’t know how long it will be there, but for now at least the whole thing appears to be up on Youtube for free:

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