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The Green Hornet (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 14 January 2011 (USA)
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Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.


Michel Gondry
3,482 ( 325)
4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Seth Rogen ... Britt Reid / The Green Hornet
Jay Chou ... Kato
Cameron Diaz ... Lenore Case
Tom Wilkinson ... James Reid
Christoph Waltz ... Chudnofsky
David Harbour ... Scanlon
Edward James Olmos ... Axford
Jamie Harris ... Popeye
Chad L. Coleman ... Chili (as Chad Coleman)
Edward Furlong ... Tupper
Jill Remez ... Daily Sentinel Reporter
Joe O'Connor ... Daily Sentinel Reporter
Morgan Rusler ... Daily Sentinel Reporter
Joshua Erenberg ... Young Britt (as Joshua Chandler Erenberg)
Analeigh Tipton ... Ana Lee


Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' "The Daily Sentinel" after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero "The Green Hornet". Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Protect the law by breaking it.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

14 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Green Hornet See more »


Box Office


$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,526,876, 16 January 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$98,780,042, 17 April 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's release date was originally the day that an adaptation of another emerald hero was to be released, Green Lantern (2011). The latter was postponed until summer. See more »


The shot of the Green Hornet's car burning rubber after shooting the red light camera shows several identical "burn-out" marks in the street from previous takes. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Reid: [on the phone] Tell the Mayor, I'm insulted. I would never jeopardize the journalistic integrity of this newspaper for some rent-a-mayor's political agenda.
Jack Reid: [to his son] So Britt, here we are again. Sent home after another schoolyard fight. I know you miss your mother. So do I. But I have to take care of 750 employees, and you have to take care of yourself. Still that seems to be asking too much.
Young Britt: But I was trying to stop some bullies...
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Alternate Versions

Also released in a 3D version. See more »


Referenced in Tosh.0: X12 (CeWEBrity Profile) (2013) See more »


Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major 'Eroica' Op. 55
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Jim Long
Performed by South German Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corp. and Point Classics
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User Reviews

Yes, Surprisingly Good, yes, yes, yes, not awful!
30 January 2011 | by Scott_MercerSee all my reviews

The people who gave this movie a 1 are morons. The first two reviews here on the IMDb that I read savaging this film said that the "movie didn't even have a DC Comics logo at the beginning." Gee, Einstein, could that be because The Green Hornet is NOT a DC Comics character? It was first devised for a radio show that started before DC Comics even existed. If there was a DC Comics version of The Green Hornet, it was clearly licensed from whoever owned rights to the concept. The second review I read said that the only thing good in the movie was "Kato, played by John Cho." YOU IDIOT! Kato was played by Jay Chou, not John Cho! (John Cho is Harold in Harold and Kumar, Professor Hawking.)

If you people reading this are undecided about this filmand you choose to align yourself with people who just fling stupidity like that around, be my guest. But you'll be on the outs with right-thinking people who were able to accept this film as a fun time.

Now, I will grant that Seth Rogen can get a little overbearing at times, much like Vince Vaughn. But he rolls that tendency nicely into his character, since he was one of the screenwriters. You buy him totally as a selfish, lovably annoying (okay, for some people, not so lovably) cad who needs to grow up.

By the end of the film, his character has gone through a lot, learned a lot, and grown up quite a bit. Your main character can't improve if he starts off perfect! You people know nothing about screen writing.

The direction by Michel Gondry is impeccable. About the only complaint I might have is the rapid-fire action can be confusing and overwhelming at times. But I feel this is a fault of all action movies of current vintage, and not to be laid at the feet of Michel Gondry. I don't think anyone can or would find a complaint with the special effects, which are amazing. The 3-D was well utilized and thrilling, and not too obtrusive. It is this type of slick Hollywood action spectacle (not an insult in my book...necessarily) that Imax 3-D does so well.

Even my friend, a self-avowed Seth Rogen hater, said she found this movie to be entertaining, thrilling, and well worth the admission price. She even thought that Seth Rogen was good in this film, both as an actor and a writer.

This film certainly did not have the serious tone of Batman Begins, nor was it as wacked out as something like Mystery Men. But I thought it did strike a nice balance between non-stop thrills and well-constructed laughs. Probably the best superhero flick since Iron Man.

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