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Shanghai Noon | 2000 | PG-13 | - 3.6.4

Sent to the United States to carry luggage for Chinese Imperial Guards searching for a kidnapped princess, Jackie Chan teams up with an inept train robber (Owen Wilson) to find her first. Also with Lucy Alexis Liu, Brandon Merrill, Rafael Báez, Xander Berkeley, Jason Connery, Walt Goggins and Roger Yuan. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A little sexual innuendo and some kisses. An outtake after the movie ends shows a man playfully kissing a woman's face and hugging her while they're lying on the floor. A train robber flirts with a female passenger, telling her everyone was naked during his last heist. A shirtless man wakes up next to a presumably nude woman (only her bare shoulders are visible); it's implied that they had intercourse the night before. A man wearing modest pajamas lies on a bed with three women wearing cleavage-revealing dresses; one rubs his chest and the others nuzzle his cheek and neck. We see a drawing of horses copulating. A woman wearing a cleavage-revealing dress massages a shirtless man's back. We see two shirtless men in bath tubs for a while; in a later scene they're both in the same tub, but nothing sexual is implied. We also see the entire side of a man's bare leg (he's wearing a loincloth), several shirtless men and many women wearing cleavage-revealing dresses in what looks like a brothel.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Most of the violence, while not strictly played for laughs, has a more comic than dramatic feel; however, there are several times that characters seem to be in truly perilous situations. Three people are shot (it's implied that two are fatally wounded; no blood is visible) and one man's neck is squeezed (we hear a popping noise) and he falls to the ground, presumably dead. Many instances of threatening with guns (one scene involves a train robbery) and several times people are shot at (there's one extended scene of two men shooting at each other). A noose is thrown around a man's neck and he's pulled up a bell tower (he's presumably killed). Also, nooses are put around two other's necks in another scene; as they're about to be hung, one man's noose is shot and he falls into a casket below, and the other man wriggles out of his noose. A man throws a pointy badge into another's wrist (we briefly see the badge sticking out of his wrist and blood running from the wound). Four extended fight scenes (mostly involving several people) with lots of punches, "karate chops," and kicks to the face and torso, sometimes resulting in people being flipped and/or knocked to the ground; also during these fights several men are hit in the face and torso with a horseshoe tied to a rope, people fight and nearly stab each other with spears (a man's arm is slashed with a little blood visible), a few men are hit in the face with trees, a man hits many people with antlers, a man is hit in the crotch with a stick, a man is hit in the head with a shovel, a man grabs a woman's leg and twists it (we hear a snap), a man steps on another's throat, a man is nearly hit with two hatchets thrown at him, a man is lassoed around the neck and dragged a bit, a man bites another's arm, men are thrown onto tables, a man is hit over the head with a beer bottle, and beer bottles and chairs are thrown at people. Several punches, shoves and slaps; also, a man grabs another and briefly holds a knife to his throat, two men are literally kicked off a moving train, a woman slaps and kicks a man who then throws her onto a bed and grabs her neck briefly, a man briefly chokes another, a woman breaks a bottle over a man's head, a man is knocked off his horse, a man and his horse fall to the ground, a board hits a man's head, a man is thrown out of a bar, a man is thrown out of a window, a man falls while trying to jump over a bar, a man falls backwards through a window, a man is elbowed and his shirt is pulled off, a man's hair is pulled twice, a woman knocks a tray out of a man's hands, a man spits in another's face, a man throws dirt in another's face, and a boy throws tomatoes at a man. Two men riding horses chase a boy and swing their spears at him; another man throws a rock at one and tackles the other, knocking both off their horses. A vulture pecks at a man's head when he's buried up to his neck in the ground. Two people fall from a bell tower (one person falls a small distance, and the other falls from the top and hits several rafters along the way, but both are dazed but unharmed); also, two people are nearly hit by a falling bell. Men nearly fall off a moving train when the logs they're standing on start rolling off the car. Horses nearly run into some people and also run into a stage, causing it to collapse (we see a few people fall from it). A safe is blown out of the side of a train car (we see a little fire inside the train car) and the side of a building is purposely ripped off. Two people are tied to chairs with bags over their heads. A man urinates on his shirt, and another man also tries to urinate on the shirt. A man with urine on his hand touches another's face. A few outtakes after the movie ends show a man accidentally hitting himself in the chest with a horseshoe, a man getting hit in the face with a stick, and a man passing gas while in a bath tub.


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LANGUAGE 4 - An anatomical reference and a slang term, several scatological references (one is seen in a subtitle), many mild obscenities (one is seen in a subtitle), and some insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - 19th century Western United States, cultural differences and stereotypes, racism, loyalty, friendship, kidnapping, drug use (a man takes several hits from a peace pipe), drunkenness, train robberies.

MESSAGE - You have to play by the rules of the country you're in, not the country you're from.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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