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The Fastest Hands in the East Meet the Biggest Mouth in the West.
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.
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just for laugh
So baby* John Hawkes shows up early in this picture in a bit part, and obviously those two minutes are better than the (damn good) other ninety-six, but it lead me to a startling realization: that the only thing sexier than modern day dirtbag John Hawkes was fresh-faced young** dirtbag John Hawkes. And that's real.
*he was thirty-nine
**middle-aged. Pretty sure John Hawkes was never a child
Good action and chemistry. Jackie Chan is great as usual. Kudos to the person who thought up this duo and plot back in 1998 and got it financed. Very entertaining.
Rush Hour is a fun buddy cop comedy from the late 90s starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It follows these two cops (one from Hong Kong) and one relatively disliked LAPD officer as they wind up having to work together to find the daughter of a Chinese consul whilst the FBI searches for the same child and wants to keep these two as far away from the situation as possible. This film is extremely funny. The pair has great quippy elements back and forth with one another and play together with extremely solid chemistry. Chan, moreover, adds a brilliant action element as he is one of the most talent stunt fighter/actors out there. Tucker, on the other hand, brings…
Ey, era divertida en esos años. Además, Jackie Chan es un maestro, Chris Tucker no tanto. Ojalá la película hubiera sido un crossover-viaje en el tiempo-interdimensional entre Jackie Chan y Ruby Rhod.
Chris Tucker's voice is the most annoying fucking thing ever. (Yes, yes, there's a gazillion things which are worse but what the actual hell?)
Jackie's stuntwork here is solid, although insurances are what makes Hollywood films tame, funny to see Ken Lo in this too, so Jackie brought his whole stunt crew, yay for that, and Miles from LOST with turn of the millenium dyed blond raver hair. Hilarious.
And woah, Tom Wilkinson plays a bad guy, that was as surprising as David Bradley's Walder Frey not being a nice guy.
Decent, brainless entertainment for a Sunday evening, I just wish Tucker's voice... was dubbed actually. By a non-hysterical-non-eunuch-normal-person.
I do not recommend a vast majority of these films. In fact, a good 80-90% of these are anywhere from…