Stirring, satisfying update of the 1984 hit shifts the action
to modern China, where an unassuming kung fu master (Jackie
Chan) teaches an undersized American boy (Jaden Smith) how to
confront a bully while imparting other life lessons. Director
Harald Zwart balances fealty for the crowd-pleasing original
with embellishments that, aside from a manipulative musical
score, enhance the appeal of the timeless underdog story.
Watch out for: Hard-hitting and occasionally cruel but
not graphic martial arts violence, including a boy being
struck across the face by an adult, the use of a crass term
for the human posterior, some mild toilet humor, one instance
of sexual innuendo, an unnecessary kiss between pre-teens.
Rated: USCCB: A-II; MPAA: PG