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Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

Movie review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior Movie Poster Image
Inventive movie that families can watch together.
  • NR
  • 2006
  • 91 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 24 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Teen characters are well-behaved and respectful of their parents, and the overall message -- that cultural heritage is important -- is a good one. Wendy is Asian and a strong female character.

Violence & Scariness

Many fight scenes involving martial arts as Wendy battles an ancient evil spirit.

Sexy Stuff

Romantic feelings develop between two lead characters, but it's all very innocent.

Language

Very mild: "idiot" and "jerk."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this entertaining made-for-TV movie portrays a loving family and good values -- such as embracing your heritage -- it also has some violence in the form of martial arts fighting against an evil spirit. Aside from the Asian family at the center of the movie, there are no other minority lead characters. Wendy herself is a strong, relatable female lead.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written bylove2 October 3, 2009

IFFY for 8 ON for 9.

a great and funny and action packed movie. there is a little bit to much crushes and vilonce for kids under 8 though. So this movie is OFF for 7 and under. IFFY... Continue reading
Adult Written byzirkletgirls April 9, 2008

Everybody loved it

My nine year old daughter LOVED this movie; the six year old thought it was "really cool". The 11 year old complained but stayed to watch. I am bored... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old August 14, 2009
Kid, 10 years old February 4, 2010
I love to rewatch it. It's feminine and powerful! But some little kids might think it's a little scary. Personally, I love that it focuses on a modern... Continue reading

What's the story?

In Disney's original made-for-TV movie WENDY WU: HOMECOMING WARRIOR, headstrong, down-to-earth teen Wendy (Brenda Song) is running for homecoming queen against her popular archrival, Jessica (Ellen Woglom). Wendy's days are spent devising campaign strategies with her friends and baking cupcakes for potential student voters. But Wendy finds herself at a crossroads after she's visited by a Chinese monk named Shen (Shin Koyamada) who tells her that she's the descendent of a powerful female warrior and the only person who can stop an ancient evil spirit from destroying the world. After relenting to Shen's pressure, Wendy undergoes kung fu training while balancing her social life. But slowly, as she realizes the importance of heritage and priorities, she begins to lose interest in being homecoming queen and instead puts all her energies into getting rid of the evil spirit that challenges her at every turn.

Is it any good?

Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior has something for everyone. Parents will be pleased at the strong, loving partnership of Wendy's parents, while Shen and Wendy's deepening feelings will satisfy romantics. Finally, martial arts buffs will get their fill of expertly choreographed kung fu moves that saturate many scenes.

The characters are likeable and exhibit strong values (Wendy's grandmother lives with her parents and her brother), and in Wendy audiences will find a perfectly contemporary -- and relatable -- heroine. Wendy learns a valuable lesson when she must choose between upholding a family tradition and pursuing her dream of being homecoming queen.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of learning about your background. Where are your kids' grandparents from? How did your family arrive in the United States? Another theme this movie explores is priorities. How can kids juggle school and extracurricular activities and make good time-management choices?

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