A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The importance of friendship and teamwork. Honesty. The pursuit of knowledge and the understanding of the universe is a lifelong journey.
Positive Role Models
Passapartout is a fully-developed character instead of being a collection of bad and outdated Asian stereotypes. Women are shown to be just as brave and strong as men in a variety of martial arts fight scenes.
Violence & Scariness
Martial arts violence. Fighting with swords and spears. Gunshots. Pratfall violence: a corrupt police officer sent to catch Fogg gets hit in the head and groin and injured in a variety of ways. Rope to groin, hot water to groin. Knife throwing, one knife lands in the crotch of a painting of a man in the room.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Fogg mutters sexual innuendo in a Turkish palace, and later when a character falls and lands on the arm of a statue with his groin.
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"Hell." Some instances of sexual innuendo: When visiting a Turkish king who is surrounded by women playing musical instruments, Fogg makes reference to "pluck[ing] notes," as a man has fallen on the arm of a statue and scoots along it with his crotch, Fogg says, "I don't think he's doing it on purpose.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink shots of liquor, act drunk. Champagne drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Around the World in 80 Days is a 2004 adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. There is a lot of slapstick-, cartoon-, and action-style violence, including many crotch injuries, but no one is seriously hurt. Characters use mild bad language ("bloody hell"). There is some crude and vulgar humor, including bathroom jokes, drunkenness played for comedy, a weird cross-dressing joke, and a comic situation involving a man with many wives. One man who is imprisoned in a box for urinating in public is later shown, after being freed, on the verge of pulling his pants down and urinating in public once again. Rather than being a sidekick or a bad Asian stereotype, Jackie Chan portrays his character as someone just as vivid and intelligent as Phileas Fogg, and unlike so many martial arts movies, women are shown to be just as brave, strong, and skilled as men in the fight scenes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS may take its title from the Jules Verne classic, but it's really just a Jackie Chan movie, and a so-so one at that. Overplotted and under-imagined, this movie tries hard to distract the audience with razzle-dazzle, but not even the stunts or fight scenes make much of an impression, and the preposterous final mode of transportation comes across as so lazy a concept it's almost insulting.
Coogan has an endearing sincerity and spirit and Cecile De France has a few nice moments as Monique, a pretty French artist who comes along for the ride. But Chan seems tired, even distracted, impatient to get it all over with.
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