Perhaps due to its status as something of a passion project for Jackie Chan (a 'Far East meets the Wild West' idea which Sammo Hung apparently stole for 1997's "Once Upon a Time in China & America"), in revisiting "Shanghai Noon" I found it to be an improvement upon the "Rush Hour" formula, with largely clear and impressive action sequences that display Jackie's deft touch more so than anything in the Ratner films.
This is a passable family action comedy movie. This was the movie that introduced Owen Wilson as a bankable leading man after years of staying behind the scenes as a co-writer with Wes Anderson for classics such as Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. Considering how a lot of people don't seem to care about Wilson anymore, maybe this was the beginning of the end for him? Who knows. Ya don't need to see it more than once.