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Rush Hour

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Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker
Director: Brett Ratner
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 94 Minutes
Release Date: September 1998
Genres: Action, Comedy, Martial Arts

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Review by Susan Granger
1½ stars out of 4

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker make like Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in that they're a mis-matched, odd-couple partners in this cop caper. Chan, as an ace Hong Kong detective, is big in the martial arts, while Tucker's weapon-of-choice is his big, bad mouth. Reluctantly paired with each other, they're assigned to rescue a Chinese diplomat's 10 year-old daughter who has been kidnapped by Asian thugs in Los Angeles. Screenwriters Jim Kouf and Ross LaManna, along with director Brett Ratner, must have watched all the "Lethal Weapon" pictures repeatedly because there's little that's original here, except perhaps some Asian ethnic cracks like "I been lookin' for your sweet-and-sour chicken ass!" Poor Jackie Chan, a Buster Keaton-like hero whose screen career once literally went down the tube, gets only one significant scene in which he fights off a group of attackers while trying to prop up a fragile, antique vase. "Fifteen years ago, I really give up the American market," he says, recalling playing a racecar driver in "Cannonball Run." "At that time, I don't think the audience really accept me, this kind of fighting, this kind of comedy, so I went back to Asia, making my Asian films. Now, I give Hollywood another chance." Chan's big beef with studio movie-making is their caution with dangerous stunts. "They waste two hours to check all the things. If I get hurt, the company really scared I'm suing it." On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Rush Hour" is a cliche-filled, copy-cat 4. The funniest bits are the blooper out-takes at its conclusion but, when I saw it, not that many people stayed in the theater long enough to laugh.

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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