Shanghai Knights

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

Jackie Chan's back in another action comedy, this one a follow-up to the western-flavored Shanghai Noon. After his father is murdered in the late 1880s by an English noble, John Wong (Jackie Chan) follows the killer to England with his womanizing partner Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson). Upon arrival they meet up with Wong's sister, Fann (Chon Lin), and upon her escape from a Scotland Yard jail, the three begin their hunt for the killer. As they search London, they encounter several obstacles and get into the usual predicaments. Chan?s comedic martial-arts skills, along with assists from O'Bannon and Fann, help them escape danger and uncover a plot to kill the royal family. Climaxing with fireworks at Queen Victoria's jubilee celebration and a sword fight atop Big Ben, Wong is faced with an opportunity to avenge his father?s death.

Shanghai Knights is a funny and exciting film. The martial-arts violence is light-hearted, rarely showing any blood, as Chan uses everyday items to defend himself. He grabs an umbrella and fights off the bad guys to a parody of "Singing in the Rain." Later, he makes his escape by throwing fruit and squeezing a lemon in an adversary's eyes. There are numerous people punched, kicked, hit with swords and stabbed, although little of the violence is particularly graphic. The language is moderate with a few crude words, obscenities and exclamatory profanities. Wilson's character is a ladies' man who is constantly enamored with the opposite sex. This leads to several instances of suggestive dialogue, including references to his fertility and a few instances of implied sexual behavior. While overall a fun picture, Shanghai Knights has enough negative elements, primarily the sexual emphasis, to earn an unacceptable rating.

Preview Reviewer: Bob Nusser
Spyglass and Buena Vista

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Crude Language: Many (14) times - mild 10, moderate 4.

Obscene Language: Few (4) times - S-word 3, BS 1.

Profanity: Many (7) times - Regular 1 ( JC), exclamatory 6 (G, J, G Sakes, others).

Violence: Many - man stabbed, man shot with arrow, many people kicked, men and woman punched, man hit in crotch in martial arts sequences, men hung upside down, woman tied up and threatened with torture, people shot with machine gun.

Sex: Few implied - man and woman in hotel room, woman climbs on top of man on bed.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many (man asks woman to go to hotel room, man refers to sexual prowess, man's fertility discussed, man has dream/fantasy about woman kissing him).

Drugs: Few - cigar smoking and drinking in pubs.

Other: Man prays to God when in peril, family honor upheld as commendable.

Running Time: 115 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and up

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