Movie Reviews: Rush Hour




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     New Line (1 hr. 37 min.)
     A pair of unlikely detectives seek out a treacherous Hong Kong crime lord who has kidnapped a Chinese diplomat's daughter.
     Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan
Bottom Line:


     Rush Hour could be called the odd couple joins the Los Angeles police force.
     Martial Arts star Jackie Chan and motor-mouth Chris Tucker team up to crush (in Tucker's case out-signify) the Chinese mob. Chan plays a Hong Kong detective who comes to America searching for the kidnapped daughter of the Chinese consul. However, the FBI doesn't want Chan's inference. It's a male turf thing. So the Fed's borrow Tucker, a loose canon on the LA police force (reminiscent of Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop character) to escort Chan around Los Angeles on a few red herrings. Tucker's bosses figure he can't get into trouble on a set up mission. Well, if that were true, we wouldn't have much of movie, now would we? Chan and Tucker decide to do things their way--which always makes for a great set up in these type of films.
     I'm not a big Chris Tucker fan, because his shtick (bucking his eyes and yanking on himself) always goes on too long. But I love the end of any Jackie Chan movie. If you've ever seen one, you know what I'm talking about.
     The filmmakers always include a series of out-takes (a Chan's signature) showing the 40-something Chan performing his own hair raising stunts and taking real lumps. Rush Hour is no exception. Okay, the idea is hardly original, but what movie has originality these days?
     Rush Hour offers a fine blend of comedy and action, though most of Chan's Martial Arts exhibition yields to the tirelessly wisecracking Tucker, who invites every bad guy he meets to kiss his black...well you get the point.



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