Shaolin Soccer

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Nontraditional underdog sports team story has violence.

PG 2004 111 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 8 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Chow dancing to the beat of a different drummer

A quirky, inventive film that does not take itself too seriously, but still is able to portray "high" stakes. Chow portrays his character's burdens well and also allows for his brothers to relay their lots in life that allow for us to root for them in their attempts to spread the Shaolin way through soccer. The jokes come fast although not all may hit their mark, but the ones that do seem to land with grace and good humor. Chow is clearly very talented and you can clearly see the evolution of his vision from Shaolin Soccer to 2004's Kung Fu Hustle.
age 10+

Funny, but a little better for the older kids

Very funny - though lots of slapstick violence and one scene at the end where a man's clothes are blown-off, revealing his fully bare bottom for a moment (it's a funny scene though). Kids were a little grossed out at seeing one character put a pair of clearly worn and stained underwear on his head. Watched by 8-11 year olds; they all loved the movie but with some of slapstick including bottles being broken repeatedly over one character's head and few other unkind acts to "shame" characters, I think it's better for the 10+ set.

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