Shanghai Noon



Engaging Jackie Chan movie for older teens and up.
  • Review Date: May 5, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 110 minutes

What parents need to know


Comic violence, characters in peril


Scenes in a brothel, sexual situations


Some strong language

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and drug use

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.

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?


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.

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. And of course 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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 19, 2000
DVD release date:October 10, 2000
Cast:Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Owen Wilson
Director:Tom Dey
Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Run time:110 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language, violence, sexual references and drug use

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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 much better ratings than it did. It can be crude at times, so for the sensitive people, if you plan on watching it, be prepared.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written bychargnar February 5, 2012


A really funny Jackie Chan movie
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

pretty good

This is a good action movie. Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan make a great team. There is not a lot of sex or language in it. I say 12+


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