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‘Never Back Down’ gets its kicks

Film the first that Summit has produced itself

HOLLYWOOD — After Tuesday’s Cinerama Dome preem for “Never Back Down,” which centers on a teen (Sean Faris) trained to fight by a martial arts veteran (Djimon Hounsou), one guest remarked that the movie was like ” ‘The Karate Kid’ meets ‘The Karate Kid.’ “

The line went over well at the Goa after-party with director Jeff Wadlow, who added that “our mentor is not a little old man. Our mentor can kick your ass.”

The film was the first that Summit Entertainment had produced entirely itself since its relaunch. Co-chair Rob Friedman said the pic represents “the broad commercial” movies the company plans to market.

“This film,” Friedman said, “was finished with the perfect release window: spring break.”