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Forbidden Kingdom

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of martial arts action and some violence.
Profanity:Some crude language
Nudity/Sex:Some potty humor
Alcohol/Drugs:Character is perpetually tipsy (played for comedy), reference to opium
Violence/Scariness:A great deal of peril and action violence, bullies, gun, characters injured and killed
Diversity Issues:Diverse characters
Movie Release Date:April 19, 2008
DVD Release Date:September 9, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of martial arts action and some violence.
Profanity: Some crude language
Nudity/Sex: Some potty humor
Alcohol/Drugs: Character is perpetually tipsy (played for comedy), reference to opium
Violence/Scariness: A great deal of peril and action violence, bullies, gun, characters injured and killed
Diversity Issues: Diverse characters
Movie Release Date: April 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008

forbidden%20kingdom.jpgIt’s not a good movie, but it is a lot of fun. It’s a fantasy with three things going for it: it does not take itself too seriously, it does take the action scenes seriously, and it includes both of the most popular martial arts movie stars working today, Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Michael Angarano plays Jason, a generic loner-teen role that does not give him a chance to show off the impeccable comic timing he displayed as Elliot in “Will and Grace.” He seems to spend most of his time hanging out in Chinatown, renting kung fu movies and talking to Old Hop the ancient proprietor of the pawnshop (Jackie Chan under old-age make-up). When some bullies attack them, Hop hands Jason the mysterious staff and asks him to return it to its rightful owner. And Jason wakes up in ancient China. He quickly figures out how to understand Chinese, and meets up with Lu Yan, a tipsy immortal (Chan, in a nod to his early “Drunken Master” hits). They embark on a journey to return the staff to its owner, the Monkey King (Jet Li), who has been turned into a statue by the evil Jade Warlord. And they are joined by Golden Sparrow (Liu Yifei), who plans to kill the Jade Warlord to avenge the death of her parents, and Silent Monk (Li again), who first has to fight Lu Yan just because that is why we all bought tickets. “We can kill each other when it’s over,” they agree, deciding to work together to help Jason return the staff to the Monkey King.

  • Steve

    When the critique makes known that there is profanity…it would be nice to know what direction that profanity takes. Profanity without the sexual derivatives would be a separate category for me.

  • jared

    The reviewer was right in saying that this is not a good movie. I only say that because it’s a GREAT movie. Every time I see a Jackie Chan movie, it amazes me that he can do have the stuff he does and apparently not break a bone. Jet Li, who I had only seen before in “Lethal Weapon 4,” is terrific. The kid, Michael Angarano, looks so much like Shia LeBouf. At first, I thought it was him. This movie is, to use a popular phrase, “the bomb.”

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Jared! I am very glad you enjoyed this movie. Please return often to let us know what you think about the movies you see.

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