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Shanghai Noon

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Shanghai Noon Movie Poster Image
Engaging Jackie Chan movie for older teens and up.
  • PG-13
  • 2000
  • 110 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Comic violence, characters in peril


Scenes in a brothel, sexual situations


Some strong language

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and drug use

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some bad language, potty humor, scenes in a brothel, and drinking and drug use (portrayed humorously, including a prolonged drinking game and a drunken horse). The racism of the era is touched on. Chong is thrown out of a bar and he is very hurt when he overhears Roy agree with an anti-Chinese comment. The prostitutes are portrayed stereotypically, but the leading women in the movie are brave, smart, capable, and loyal.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15 and 18+ year old Written bymovieschooler June 30, 2009
Message of loyalty and friendship, even in the face of danger, is the main theme. Mistakes are made and forgiven by real friends. Female characters are strong a... Continue reading
Adult Written byRachel D April 9, 2008

Great Jackie Chan fun

Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson made a great team for this one. Thoroughly enjoyable romp in the Old West.
Teen, 15 years old Written bychargnar February 5, 2012


A really funny Jackie Chan movie
Teen, 14 years old Written byccbluebonnet February 8, 2011


Ah, I love this movie! It's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen! It was completely underrated in my opinion. I think it should've gotten... Continue reading

What's the story?

Jackie Chan has his best American movie role so far as Chon Wang, an imperial guard sent from China's Forbidden City to Colorado's Carson City to rescue a kidnapped Princess (Lucy Liu) in the old West of 1881. Along the way he meets Roy (Owen Wilson) a smooth-talking robber and con man, and they have various adventures that provide many opportunities for humor and many, many opportunities for fight scenes that show off Chan's trademark fast, flashy, and funny footwork.

Is it any good?

The fight scenes are sensational, as Chan uses anything he can get his hands and feet on to help him vanquish all the bad guys. And Liu is elegant and beautiful at home in the palace, spirited and honorable when she finds out that she has been kidnapped and that Chinese people are being used for slave labor.

In classic buddy movie fashion, Roy and Chon begin as antagonists, and it takes them a while (and Roy's finding out that there is gold involved) to figure out that they are on the same side. Chan and Wilson have a nice rapport and Wilson's easy-going surfer style works very well with Chan's more reserved approach.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Roy and Chong learn to trust each other and work together, how Chong uses quick thinking (and a good knowledge of basic physics) to use whatever he can find to help him fight the bad guys, and how people from many different cultures reacted to life in America.

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