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When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and Carter form an unlikely partnership and investigate the case themselves.
There is nothing more damning I can say than this: I had already seen it and had no fucking idea. For some reason—and I honestly can't for the life of me imagine why; it doesn't seem to have been for any writing assignment—I saw it on video in April of 2001, which I only know because I keep a log. No memory of it whatsoever. I rewatched the entire thing just now and at no time did I even briefly recollect anything. Went to add it to my master list afterwards and was stunned to find it already there. I think the word I'm looking for here is "forgettable." Note to self: CHECK THE FUCKING LIST, THAT'S WHAT IT'S THERE FOR.
"Rush Hour" made me laugh - hysterically - when I was 12 years-old. My enjoyment was no doubt fueled by a middle schooler's comedic sensibility and a love of all things Jackie Chan. Sadly, a recent rewatch revealed "Rush Hour" to be the most listless buddy-cop movie ever made.
There is zero pulse to the entire production as Ratner's direction is simply a shoot-by-numbers affair; Chris Tucker's sub-"Beverly Hills Cop" shtick grates more and more with every scene; and the limp soundtrack by the otherwise talented Lalo "Mission: Impossible" Schifrin adds zero excitement to the rote explosions and chase sequences.
Jackie Chan is, as ever, unflappably cool and manages to come out of the proceeding unscathed, despite the countless off-color…
"Next time, be polite to my nuts."
like one of the lazier LETHAL WEAPON sequels, let's be charitable and say part 4, with its nondescript L.A. union-shoot texture and completely unsubstantial narrative, but without the Riggs and Murtaugh chemistry (arguably the only thing keeping those movies afloat) and with even worse asian jokes. there are gong sound effects in this when Jackie Chan does something funny, like when he says "My nigga!"
Chris Tucker is successfully channelling Eddie Murphy, but it's the Eddie from THE GOLDEN CHILD or something, where it's just shtick that absolutely fucking nobody would fall for. his entire performance is pitched at the level of the Gilbert Gottfried scene in BEVERLY HILLS COP 2. how…
Has its problems, is a little uneven, and Tucker can get goddamn annoying at times, but overall a good evening's entertainment.
Heck, you got Jackie Chan, and 90% of the time that means epic action sequences. The other 10% is Hollywood fare that waters down his style. Rush Hour is in the middle, at times sort of feels like it's killing his shtick, and at others, nailing it.
I hear they're making a fourth? Dat Chinese market bro, out there to be tapped!
Despite reinforcing stereotypes like there's no tomorrow and sticking far too closely to a formula stablished by better movies, it's a pretty decent action comedy. Chan and Tucker complement each other surprisingly well, even though they appear to be in two entirely different films.
Lee: I like to let people talk who like to talk. It lets me find out how full of shit they are.
Carter: What the hell did you just say?
Carter: This is the LAPD. We're the most hated cops in all the free world. My own mama's ashamed of me. She tells everybody I'm a drug dealer.
Lee: Why would they not want my help?
Carter: Because they don't give a damn about you! They don't like you! I don't like you!
Lee: I don't care! I'm here for the girl!
Carter: The girl don't like you! Nobody likes you!
Sang: The drop will be made tonight. The amount will be fifty million dollars.
Tucker and Chan are comedy gold in this flick. Sure its not the most deep and thought out comedy. I wouldn't say that Jackie Chan is the greatest actor, but together the pair of them have chemistry and create a wonderfully (admittedly full of cheap laughs) movie.
Originals are always good, aren't they. Funny ass Chris Tucker gives you all the laughs and Jackie gives you all the action. Together, it works out just great.
Elizabeth Peña played a prank on director Brett Ratner in which she appeared on the set wearing nothing but her character's bomb squad vest. According to Peña, she thought Ratner would laugh, but instead, he was extremely nervous and embarrassed.
I feel like this is a metaphor for the entire film. 'Headache Hour'
I love this movie! It just has the right amount of action and comedy. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are great in this movie.
I saw Max Landis talk about this movie on Twitter, but I didn't pay much attention to the conversation. My dad and I were looking for movies to watch on Netflix, and Rush Hour popped up. Since we wanted to watch an action comedy, it seemed perfect.
Rush Hour is absolutely hilarious! Most of the comedy comes from the clash between two main characters. There are cultural and characteristic differences, which are so much fun and cause a lot of misunderstandings and unfortunate but hysterical situations.
Rush Hour is definitely a thrilling action movie. It just happens to be predictable as well. You know what's going to happen, because you've seen tons of movies like this one. What makes that…
Great buddy cop film. Chan and Tucker work well together, the pacing is solid, and the movie has just about the right ration of action, comedy, and plot.
The movie has two flaws, which are pretty typical of action movies:
1. the villains are just a plot device: they go from ruthless, diabolical geniuses to gunshy morons when the plot calls for it.
2. the fight scenes are shot way too close up and with way too many cuts; hard to appreciate how awesome Jackie Chan is (compare the way his fight scenes are handled in his Chinese films).
The movie is entertaining enough for me to overlook #1, but #2 is a real shame. Still and enjoyable watch all the same.
I've somehow managed to avoid seeing any of the Rush Hour films and I've decided to rectify that.
Chan and Tucker have good chemistry. I expected that. But what I didn't expect was the sophisticated humor and the superb action choreography. I guess I should have expected nothing less with Chan being involved but his work here is of a piece with the stuff he's done in the Police Story movies.
Rush Hour blijft een leuke actiecommedy met Jackie Chan en Chris Tucker :)
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I remember this being a lot funnier. And not nearly as racist.
So yeah, Jackie Chan totally carries this movie. His action chops are still top notch at this point, and dude just has a screen presence and charisma that is underappreciated. I like Chris Tucker, but he feels directionless here, and his misogyny is, quite frankly, a little uncomfortable a couple decades on. Elizabeth Pena does what she can with what she's given (which is nothing); Tom Wilkinson is utterly wasted as the bad guy. Ratner's direction is as flaccidly point-and-shoot as his reputation suggests. Theres a few fun moments and some legitimately funny bits, but overall, Rush Hour just doesn't have legs.
Help me out with this one guys.
I think Some Like it Hot is the one that marked me the…
If I laughed, then it's a comedy.