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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slapstick Jackie Chan buddy comedy has violence, innuendo.

Movie PG-13 2016 98 minutes
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age 9+

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age 9+

Solid Jackie Chan Fun

While plagued with a large amount of references and borderline content (mostly in a light-hearted, comedic tone), Skiptrace stands easily on its' own two feet as another highly entertaining, fast-paced episode in the never-tiring career of Jackie Chan. You might describe Skiptrace as "acceptably cheesy", as it was never supposed to be taken too seriously. Instead, it's a fun ride that ends with a surprising finale with rather more gravity than you might initially expect. Due to its' suggestive plot line and language, as well as a dramatic streak that may confuse or sadden younger viewers, this movie is mostly suitable for a young-teenager-and-older audience. Skiptrace contains the usual in mild language (sh**, he**, da**, a**,), and cocaine is treated as subject matter - a character tastes it to check its' nature. Mostly, the action is light, with few deaths. Towards the end of the movie, one important character does indeed die, this being the most tragic and in-depth of any acts of violence depicted in the film (SPOILERS - a man deliberately drowns himself) SPOILERS end. A central subplot links a principal protagonist to a child supposedly born from wedlock, which leads to some risqué references which may make small children question their meaning. One scene involves childbirth. Throughout the movie some women wear tight combat clothes revealing some cleavage. Other remarks include a reference to a woman's bra size and a reference to a man's groin being small, when another character grabs onto it to save himself. Two men strip to their underwear and pass the night together in a non-sexual context. When they awake, they find themselves too close to each other for comfort with an audience observing them. Finally, during and because of an early action scene, a cheaply made house located by the river loses a wall, briefly revealing a showering man from behind. Most of this is shown in a comedic way, and mostly in passing. With regards to its' quality, Skiptrace has borne two viewings so far, personally, and I can attest to its' worthwhileness, given parents' discretion for younger children.

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While extremely bombastic and bursting with cultural cliches (the cocky American, the humorless Russian), the martial arts sequences keep this movie entertaining. Jackie Chan still manages to live up to expectations and delivers elaborate fight sequences featuring elaborate "Rube Goldberg" devices, slapstick humor, and one man taking on dozens and emerging victorious. While not the greatest actor, Johnny Knoxville is believable as an obnoxious American abroad.

On the other hand, there's also plenty of groan-worthy moments. Corny jokes about the bra size of a vicious and voluptuous Russian fighter. More kicks to male groins than the average episode of America's Funniest Home Videos. And when a coterie of Mongolian folk musicians transition from playing their traditional music to a Mongolian folk version of the Adele song "Rolling in the Deep" (with Chan delivering comically bad lead vocals), one can't help but wonder if this was a choice made to show how music brings the global village together, or if most movie audiences can't deal with unfamiliar music. Either way, the enjoyment of Skiptrace is ultimately dependent on whether or not you want a story to get in the way of the exciting martial arts sequences.

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