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The Forbidden Kingdom

Martial Arts movie stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li both appear in Forbidden Kingdom. In this tale the two masters help an American teen (Michael Angarano), who has been transported back in time, to return an ancient artifact to its rightful owner. (Of course the transaction does not go smoothly, so there are plenty of opportunities for some high-kicking action.) Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 113
Theater Release: 17 Apr 2008
Video Release: 08 Sep 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The Forbidden Kingdom Rated PG-13?


This is the first movie in which martial arts masters Jackie Chan and Jet Li co-star. That means you can expect copious scenes of fighting (with and without martial arts weapons) in which characters are tossed and thrown in every direction (with little regard for life-threatening consequence). In the scenes set in modern-day, a gang of young men physically abuses a high school aged boy, and one of them uses a gun to shoot another man. Other violent incidents include characters being stabbed with knives, hit with darts and shot with an arrow. Language is limited to approximately a half-dozen mild and moderate profanities. Some scantily clothed women (who may be prostitutes) are seen briefly. A man is shown urinating on another man. A principal character drinks regularly, claiming the wine is an “elixir.” Racial slurs are heard a couple of times.

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