The family and I quite enjoyed this movie in the theatre; it has action, drama, and a bit of light romance, while still being family-friendly. There is some violence in the kung fu fighting scenes but older kids (8 and up) should be able to handle it.
Jaden Smith stars as 12-year old Dre Parker, who has lived in Detroit all his life. He knows all his neighbours, he likes his school, and he has lots of friends. But when his widowed mother's career takes them to Beijing, China to live in a small apartment in a city of millions, Dre's world is suddenly turned upside down. Unable to speak more than a few halting phrases of his new country's language, Dre's cornrowed hair and American style make him stand out even further among the conformist students at his new school. Complicating matters is his attraction to his pretty classmate, Meiying - a mutual attraction that doesn't sit well with the school bully, Cheng, and his gang, who waste no time in showing Dre that kung fu - not the karate that Dre knows - is the martial art of choice. Bullied on a daily basis, Dre is afraid to go to school and desperate to return to Detroit - until reclusive apartment maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who has secrets of his own, is suddenly revealed to be a kung fu master. Can Dre persuade Mr. Han to train him in the ways of kung fu so that he can stand up to Cheng?
I'm really looking forward to buying the DVD when it comes out in two weeks (October 5). Highly recommended.