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Police Story 3: Super Cop Review

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Iffy for 15+

One of Jackie Chan's best, but also one of his most violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though Jackie Chan is generally a hit with kids, Supercop is one of his most violent movies. Playing an undercover cop, he is sometimes forced into violent, aggressor situations in order to keep up his cover. (Chan's movie character usually fights reluctantly, mainly in self-defense, and shows that fighting actually hurts.) Aside from the usual dazzling martial arts and crazy stunts, this one is full of gunfire, explosions, and other forms of mayhem, and the villains are drug lords. However, the tone is mostly comic and lightweight, with very little real consequences for the violence. The DVD contains the theatrical edit prepared for U.S. release in 1996, and comes with both dubbed English and the (preferred) original Chinese audio options.

  • Families can talk about Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh performing their own stunts. How dangerous is their work? What kind of training goes into it? What happens when they get hurt?
  • Jackie eventually learns that his female partner can be counted on as an equal. How did he see women before and how did he come to change his views?
  • There is an extreme use of guns in this movie. Does this movie glorify guns, or are they scary? Are the guns unnecessary in a film that also includes martial arts?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A small lesson in gender equality: When Jackie first meets Inspector Yang he sees her only as a pretty girl to be flirted with, but as the movie goes on, they begin to use teamwork and learn to trust each other.

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    Role models: The secondary character, Inspector Yang, is a very powerful female role model, able to handle herself physically as well as possessing courage and confidence. The hero, Inspector Chan, must overcome his old-fashioned views of women in order to work with her and attain trust and teamwork. (He learns a similar lesson with his girlfriend, May.) Unfortunately, the "undercover" aspect of the story makes Jackie into a more violent character than usual; he is forced to perform more aggressive deeds than he usually does in his movies.

What to watch for
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    Violence: An usual amount of martial arts violence, and in a Jackie Chan movie, much of it falls in the arena of self-defense (Jackie rarely attacks). But it also has a huge amount of gun violence and explosives. There's a Tazer gun and a traitor is brutally drowned in a swimming pool. In one scene, the crime boss asks the undercover Jackie to shoot an assailant, and Jackie actually pulls the trigger, but (luckily) finds that his gun is jammed. The climactic fight on top of a moving train has some very dangerous-looking stunts as well. The end credits are full of painful looking outtakes.

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    Sex: Jackie and his girlfriend kiss a little and roll around on the bed, although their conversation has nothing sexy about it. A man dressed up as a woman loses his "breasts" when two rubber water balloons fall out from under his shirt. The crime boss orders "testicles" in a restaurant.

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    Language: A couple of uses of "scumbag" and "hell." And Jackie's undercover name is "Fuk-Sang," played for laughs.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The bad guys are drug dealers, though we never actually see any drugs or hear any drugs mentioned by name. The drug in question is spoken about in measurements only.