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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Overcoming adversity. Defending yourself and caring about others.
Positive Role Models
Yuen works hard to better himself and help others. He uses violence mainly for self-defense. However, though he commits several heroic acts, his reasons for getting involved in an international adventure are motivated by his own interests. Other characters are selfish and motivated by money.
A Hong Kong production. Multiple languages spoken. International locations. Some gender and ethnic diversity among the cast. Adoption of religious dress by characters not of that religion. Some sexist comments about women needing men.
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Violence & Scariness
Machine-gun and pistol fire. Characters shot to death. Brief blood but no gore. Punches and kicks thrown during multiple fight sequences. Improvised weapons used in a hospital for comic effect. Car crashes as part of car chases. Characters attacked by multiple assailants on more than one occasion. Character held roughly against their will. Fighting with knives and blades. Bloody injury and death. Explosions and property damage. Reference to someone growing up an orphan.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are seen shirtless in Turkish bath. Full nudity from the rear, played for comic effect.
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Language includes "sons of bitches," "dammit," "bastard," and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
There are a number of examples of characters being motivated by money and greed. Character is alleged to have sold state secrets while working as a double-agent.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Reference to drinking alcohol socially. References to heroin dealing and related deaths. Character told they have been spiked with drugs. One implied overdose.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Accidental Spy is a Hong Kong action movie -- starring Jackie Chan -- with frequent violence that is at times comedic but also leads to injury and death. Buck Yuen (Chan), an exercise equipment salesperson, finds himself caught up in an international mystery. Yuen is brave, daring, and cares for others. However, like a number of other characters, Yuen is motivated by self-interests. The international setting results in an international cast. The main characters are mostly male, but there are a couple of prominent female characters. As well as hand-to-hand combat, the violence includes use of weapons such as firearms and knives. There are some on-screen deaths and bloody injury, but no gore. There is also a comedic element to much of the violence, with it deliberately over the top and cartoonish. Drugs play a central part to the story with references to heroin dealing and an implied overdose. There is some male nudity, including one set piece with a naked man viewed from behind. Swearing is rare but does include "sons of bitches," "bastard," and "s--t." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.