Shanghai Noon | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

An irreverent imperial guard in the Forbidden City (Jackie Chan) has a crush on the princess. When she's kidnapped, he tags along with the rescue party that's bound for Nevada to pay her ransom. In the desert he matches wits with an outlaw whose luck--good and bad--rivals his own (Owen Wilson) and becomes a grudging audience for the cowboy, who can't shut up. It's an inspired pairing. Wilson is electric as he seduces Chan into a partnership in this self-consciously crafted western, whose cleverness is only part of what makes it so funny. Tom Dey directed a screenplay by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. With Lucy Liu, Brandon Merrill, Roger Yuan, and Xander Berkeley. 110 min. Biograph, Bricktown Square, Burnham Plaza, Chatham 14, City North 14, Ford City, Golf Glen, Lawndale, Lincoln Village, 900 N. Michigan, North Riverside, Old Orchard, 62nd & Western. --Lisa Alspector

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