<p>Sidekicks is a 1992 film starring Jonathan Brandis and Chuck Norris.
The main protagonist is Barry Gabrewski, an asthmatic boy who lives with his widowed father, Jerry Gabrewski, in Houston, Texas. A loner, Barry has vivid daydreams about being Chuck Norris's sidekick, battling against Norris's movie enemies - who are often personified by Barry's everyday bullies such as Randy Cellini (John Buchanan). Noreen Chan (Julia Nickson-Soul), his favorite teacher, often plays the damsel in distress in his dreams.
In order to fulfill his dreams at least in part, Barry wants to be taught martial arts, but is turned down by the arrogant dojo owner Kelly Stone (Piscopo) for being too weak. Instead, he is taken under the wing by an old Chinese man called Mr. Lee (Mako), the sly uncle of his teacher. Mr. Lee decides to teach Barry some kung fu so that he can defend himself from the bullies, and treats his asthma, increasing Barry's endurance. Barry later enters a tournament with Mr. Lee and Ms. Chan and finally sees his dreams fulfilled when Chuck Norris, originally only a guest at the tournament but persuaded by Lee to aid one of his most ardent fans, joins them as a team member.
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