Rush Hour

G

Rush Hour is what action comedy is all about. It’s a very funny film that manages to retain its humor even in the traditional shoot ‘em up/whup their sorry ass scene.

The plot is barely an afterthought — the Chinese consul’s daughter is kiddnapped by some Chinese drug lord. Chris Tucker plays an LAPD man who is sent to the FBI to baby-sit a Chinese agent (Jackie Chan) that the consul insisted on bringing and keep him out of the way. Of course, they wind up a great team and go to solve the case themselves.

Chris Tucker is as sassy and as prissy as ever. He pitches his voice high, talks faster than an auctioneer and is sure to do a dance everytime he does something right, or just for no reason. The man is playing himself. Jackie Chan on the other hand has a little different role to play here. Instead of playing an unnasuming little guy who’d rather flee than fight, he’s a secret agent that really is quite sure of himself, and he doesn’t hesitate to brawl. This does take away some of the fun that Chan’s Japanese movies have, but he is in Hollywood now and I could tolerate the change.

The film’s not great, we don’t really care about the plot or the girl. But we do want to see Tucker and Chan and their antics, because some of them really are quite hilarious. I’ll admit that a lot of the laughs do come from Tucker’s street act and word choice, but I’ll also admit that I didn’t really care. I didn’t have very high expectations for this film, and it was much better than I thought it was going to be. My only dissapointment — Chris Tucker, no matter how funny, is steadily demonstrating his lack of range as a comic.

-- Eugene Novikov

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