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Overall B-

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.)

Violence C-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity C+
Substance Use C

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of martial arts action and some violence

Talk to your kids about…

The Forbidden Kingdom

One character in this movie says martial arts are “based on deception.” How is this particularly true in the case of motion pictures? Can you differentiate between the real stunts and those generated by computer graphics?

This movie presents some well-entrenched stereotypes—for instance Oriental people who are warriors and a Caucasian who can’t fight. Do you think these depictions are accurate or not? How do they help the audience to quickly identify with the characters?