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Who doesn't love to watch a good old-fashioned butt whooping? Especially when it involves a smart-mouthed young punk getting what he deserves from a older guy or gal with a wicked left hook. With coming back this year for one more round in (or is it the last round?), it's a great time to celebrate by watching some of those videos where young jerks are put in their place by the elderly.

There are fictional bullies from coast to coast, from tiny schoolyards in Palo Alto to big white houses in Washington, D.C. If someone wants to see one of those bullies start a fight and get their comeuppance (weirdest word ever, by the way), all they have to do is fire up the YouTube, and watch them learn that, well...

Pulled from some of my favorite movies, here are some of the greatest scenes in movie history where youngins screw with the wrong senior citizens.

7. Karate Kid (1984)

  • Senior citizen: Mr. Miyagi
  • Whippersnapper: Cobra Kai

Not satisfied with just kicking one punk's butt, Mr. Miyagi takes on five Cobra Kais at once and makes them look like garter snakes. Really tiny baby ones.

6. Terminator Genisys (2015)

  • Senior citizen: Old/Present T-800
  • Whippersnapper: Young/Past T-800

Does an old Arnie fighting a young CGI Arnie count? Why, I do think so!

5. Rocky IV (1985)

  • Senior citizen: Rocky Balboa
  • Whippersnapper: Ivan Drago

Technically, isn't every Rocky movie an old guy beating up a young guy? At least after Rocky III. Here, Drago takes Rocky to town during pretty much the entire fight, but the old guy takes the title in the end.

4. Gran Torino (2008)

  • Senior citizen: Walt Kowalski
  • Whippersnapper: Bad racial stereotypes

Not only does he save his neighbor, but he manages to insult both the innocent (albeit annoying) kid and the bullies, who were the ones being the jackasses who needed to learn a lesson in the first place. To top it off, after getting a verbal ass kicking from Walt and a gun in his face, one of the gang members actually wishes Walt a good day at the end of it all.

3. Happy Gilmore (1996)

  • Senior citizen: Bob Barker
  • Whippersnapper: Happy Gilmore

With every crazy moment in that movie, seeing Adam Sandler getting spayed or neutered by Bob Barker was still one of the best parts.

2. Secondhand Lions (2003)

  • Senior citizen: Hub
  • Whippersnapper: The Greasers

Robert Duvall takes some punk kids back to school while Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment cheer him on.

Still in a fighting mood? Check these cinematic fight scenes out:

1. Road House (1989)

  • Senior citizen: Wade Garrett
  • Whippersnapper: Wesley's goons

One rule about fight lists is you can't have a fight list without going back to the Jasper, Missouri! Patrick Swayze may be the star of the show, but Sam Elliott's Wade gets called “dad” once, and he promptly sends those boys to their rooms.

Bonus Middle-Aged Beatdown - Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

  • Middle-aged citizen: Harry Hart
  • Whippersnapper: Neighborhood thugs

Rewatching that scene made me think we really missed out on seeing Colin Firth as James Bond. And that I want a pint of nice, cold Guinness.

Old man Logan arrives to kick some young ass on March 3, 2017!


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