Parents' Guide to

Police Story

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Iconic Jackie Chan action comedy has slapstick violence.

Movie PG-13 1988 99 minutes
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age 11+

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With amazing stunts, amazing action, amazing acting and an amazing plot.

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This is a jewel in the Hong Kong action movie crown and shows its star, Chan, at the top of his game. Part superhero cop, part clown, Chan's police inspector is the perfect character to carry this comedy-action movie. Chan's instinct for when to amaze, entertain, or play the fool is honed masterfully and enables Police Story to throw out surprise after surprise. His (literally) death-defying stunts are gasp inducing and awesome, while the slapstick elements -- such as a cake to the face -- are reminiscent of other great physical comedy performers like Buster Keaton. Rather than being gritty or grisly, Chan's action set pieces are closer to the Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor's joyful dance sequences in 1952's Singin' in the Rain. Show anyone Police Story's bus scene or climatic shopping mall battle and defy them to not both smile and gasp.

Police Story launched Hong Kong's brand of action movie that is still considered the high watermark of the genre. Chan's Hollywood career began more than a decade after Police Story made him a Hong Kong hero. But no western director has managed to capture the inventiveness and artistry that made his domestic movie output such pure gold.

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