Forbidden Kingdom, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Glossy kung fu fantasy in which a teenage martial-arts film fan (Michael Angarano) is transported to ancient China where he embarks on a quest to return a magical staff to the Monkey King (Jet Li) so that he can continue his age-old struggle against the evil Jade War Lord (Collin Chou), assisted along the way by a tippling poet (Jackie Chan), a reticent monk (also Li) and a girl (Liu Yifei) out to avenge the tyrant's murder of her parents. Director Rob Minkoff's saga features impressive action sequences and special effects, but only passable humor and virtually no emotional depth. Crass scene of urination, two uses of the s-word, occasional crass language and vulgar expressions, one profanity, and fantasy violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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