Paul Katz
April 06, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Shanghai Surprise

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
97 minutes
performer
Madonna, Sean Penn
director
Jim Goddard
distributor
MGM
author
Robert Bentley, John Kohn
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D

Some bad films become kitschy-cool with age, but Shanghai Surprise continues to rot. Penn teams up with then wife Madonna as a ’30s rapscallion charged with helping the Material Girl’s missionary/nurse…we lost you at ”missionary/nurse,” didn’t we? While the tabloids claimed that the duo had chemistry in real life, those sparks never showed up on the screen. EXTRAS
D-list celebs like Melissa Rivers riff on fave scenes; and in a doc, supporting players dish about paparazzi and Madonna’s prima donna antics. One even describes set life as ”almost like the Middle East.”

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