Around the World in 80 Days

 
Mildly amusing Jackie Chan adventure.
  • Review Date: October 31, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 120 minutes

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Comic peril and violence, no one seriously hurt, many crotch injuries.

Sexy stuff

Some kissing, reference to polygamy.

Language

A few mild words.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, comic drunkenness, smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while they may cringe at this adaptation of the classic novel, kids who aren't familiar with the classic story may enjoy the adventures and the always-likeable Jackie Chan. If nothing else, you can use the movie as a way to get your kids to check out the book (maybe read it as a family read-aloud). 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. A strength of the movie is the portrayal of women and minorities who fight stereotypes and prejudice; however, some people may find some of the portrayals in the movie itself offensively stereotypical.

What's the story?

This retelling of Jules Verne's classic novel centers on Lau Xing (Jackie Chan), valet to inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan). The previous valet quit because he refused to test any more of Fogg's wild contraptions. Xing, on the run after stealing a valuable jade Buddha from the Bank of London, thinks the police will not find him if he is working for Fogg, so he pretends to be French and gives his name as "Passepartout." Fogg's bet with the peppery Lord Kelvin (James Broadbent) that he cannot circle the globe in 80 days provides Xing with the perfect cover for getting to China as quickly as possible to return the Buddha to his small town. There are a lot of stops in exotic locations and a lot of adventures involving obstacles to reaching the next stage of the journey and a few surprising cameo appearances, including Arnold Schwarzenegger as a sybaritic king.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS may take its title from the Jules Verne classic, but it is 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 is 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. I was, too.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how transportation has changed since the novel was written -- how many days would it take to circle the globe today?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 18, 2004
DVD release date:November 2, 2004
Cast:Jackie Chan, Jim Broadbent, Steve Coogan
Director:Frank Coraci
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Book characters
Run time:120 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:violence, some crude humor and mild language

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byfuzzykat April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

A must see-movie for kids under and some Adults

This movie is a tale about an inventor who makes a bet that he can go around the world in eighty days. His French valet has just quit. A man nick-named Passport 2 (Jackie Chan) is a Chinese man who fakes being French to get away with stealing a jade Buddha that he stole from a bank. When Passport 2 finds out that the inventor is going around the world he uses him to take him back to China. Passport 2 becomes good friends with the inventor and finds it hard to tell him the truth. Meanwhile, the inventor falls in love with a French woman who comes along on their journey. I am 11 and the movie was a snore-fest to me but for kids younger than that the movie would be good. There were some sexual situations but other than that it was ok.
Adult Written byBlurbie April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

B*O*R*I*N*G

A friend made me watch this with them and the whole time I was wishing I was somewhere else! It was soooooooooo boring! I don't know how any one can like it!

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