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Parents' Guide to

The Accidental Spy

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Jackie Chan Hong Kong action movie has violence, drugs.

Movie PG-13 2002 87 minutes
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After a set-up that establishes its central character's kung fu skills, this Hong Kong action mystery dives into an improbable tale of hidden fortunes, drug trafficking, and intelligence agencies. From there, The Accidental Spy's plot gets really convoluted, probably not helped by the 20 minutes of cuts made to the movie's Western release and the dialogue being dubbed over even when the original speech is in English. To add to the distractions, Chan is referred to by his real name in the English-dubbed version, a motif of some of his Hong Kong movies.

What The Accidental Spy does have going for it are several deft action sequences. Chan is at his most impressive when he's wriggling loose of an everyday situation that's been complicated by the arrival of several people who proceed to attack him all at once. There are also explosions, car chases, and everything else you'd expect from a mid-budget movie with blockbuster ambitions. But as entertaining as these set pieces are, they do not a movie make. It's hard to remember or care what everyman Yuen is supposedly spying on, even after a scene that tumbles out exposition to fill in the gaps.

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