The Green Hornet- -
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), the heir to the largest newspaper fortune in Los Angeles, is a spoiled playboy who has been, thus far, happy to lead an aimless life. After his father (Tom Wilkinson) dies, Britt meets Kato (Jay Chou), a resourceful company employee. Realizing that they have the talent and resources to make something of their lives, Britt and Kato join forces as costumed crime-fighters to bring down the city's most-powerful criminal, Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz).
Life is good for the son of an LA media mogul. Life is just a party until the death of his father leaves him in charge of the media empire. He meets with his father’s former mechanic and personal assistant, Kato. Britt Reid and Kato decide that they could have more out of life, so with the help of endless wealth and a little help from technology, they begin building their lives as the Green Hornet and Kato. Together this daring duo runs the business by day and fight crime at night.
The real question of the day is whether this daring duo is good family fun. The MPAA rated this move a PG-13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality, and drug content. This Parental Guide to the movies has to agree. Comic book style violence forms the main content of the movie. The main characters spend the entire first portion of the movie building all of these fantastic weapons; of course, they are going to use all of them by the end of the movie! The weapons sometimes provide comic relief, which some parents might consider a bad idea to instill. Yes, there are numerous scenes of violence and even death throughout the movie, just like in the real comic books.
Now, let us explore the topics of language, sensuality, and other assorted topics in this family movie review. For starters, yes, there are many four-letter words strung throughout the movie. The beginning of the movie shows excessive drinking, taking drugs, scantily clad girls and the “Party Life” of a wealthy spoiled brat. The beginning of the movie portrays the party life as “having it all.” There is lots of suggestive play between the male and female characters. At one point in the movie, the Britt has to explain that he and Kato are not male partners, just platonic friends. Enough said on that subject.
When all of this is added up, it comes out to a movie that parents might not want to take their small children to at all. It was geared towards the 13 and older crowd, who are probably already aware of the content of the movie. I would not rate it an R, but I would not call it a straight PG-13 either, for no other reason than the shear volume of the objectionable content mentioned.