Friday, June 11, 2010


Starring: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith and Taraji P. Henson

Story: 12-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying—and the feeling is mutual—but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts “the karate kid” on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has no one to turn except maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life. (Sony Pictures)

Rated: PG for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language

Bottom Line: A subdued Jackie Chan and a charismatic Fresh Prince Jr. not only deliver a beautifully poignant love letter to the imagery and culture of China but, and this is the most important part, a family friendly, crowd pleasing, summer feel good flick that’ll make you stand up and cheer…and maybe even strike the Crane pose!

On DVD/Blu-ray next Tuesday (6/15):
THE BOOK OF ELI with Denzel Washington (B+)
WHEN IN ROME with Kristen Bell (D)

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