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Shanghai Noon
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Starring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Touchstone Pictures
Kiddie Movie: It's cute, bring her along.
Date Movie: Fun action, but some swearing.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Jackie Chan style.
Action: Jackie Chan style.
Laughs: Lots of chuckles.
Memorable Scene: Roy and Chon in the bathtub.
Memorable Quote: Roy says something like: "You said a wet shirt doesn't tear, not a pissed shirt bends bars!"
Directed By: Tom Dey
Produced By: Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber

Shanghai Noon
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:50 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
So I’m waiting with The Dude on the Left and Trash to see "Mission: Impossible 2" and they ask me what I did that day. I tell them I went to see "Shanghai Noon" and they ask me how it was. I tell them "cute." Then Stu shows up, asks me what I did and I tell him I went to see "Shanghai Noon" and he asks what I thought. Well, I told him the same, and he tells me he also saw it and yes, he agreed, it was cute. So, there you have it, "Shanghai Noon" was a cute movie. Not a blockbuster, not a gut-buster, not a rip-roaring action thriller, but cute. And that’s not bad.

If you liked Jackie Chan in "Rush Hour," well, "Shanghai Noon" is basically the same except instead of Chris Tucker overacting as a goofball, black, policeman-type character you get Owen Wilson overacting as a goofball, white, outlaw-type character, and instead of fighting in the modern-day city you get fighting in the wild west. In "Shanghai Noon" the Chinese princess is kidnapped, a group of dudes are dispatched to find her, but Jackie Chan as Chon Wang finds himself on his own at first, getting separated from his posse, then teaming up with Owen as Roy O'Bannon, and generally just kicking a lot of ass and finding his way to rescue the princess. Roy comes along at first because of the allure of a lot of gold, but then, yea, the impending friendship comes along and Roy can’t leave Chon.

Simply there isn’t much more to be said. Owen and Jackie have a decent chemistry together so the laughs come pretty easy. Jackie is his normal kick-ass self, acting goofy while on his quest to save the girl, Owen is a good, goofball side-kick, and in the end I chuckled, I grinned, but didn’t bust a gut. I didn’t feel cheated when I left the theater, the people coming out weren’t praising the movie or bashing it, and with all of those things together, well, in my book that all adds up to a cute movie.

With that I’ll wrap this up and give "Shanghai Noon" 3 ½ stars out of 5. It’s a Jackie Chan movie, through and through, so if you liked him in the past you’ll probably get a kick out of "Shanghai Noon", and if you can’t stand Jackie Chan, stay home.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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