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Total Crap: 2.97%

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Rush Hour 2
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by Scott Weinberg

"Karate chops and belabored jokes...Part 2."
2 stars

See, I knew I should have written this review immediately after seeing Rush Hour 2, because now it's just a tiny figment of a memory in my brain. So lightweight, unoriginal and familiar is this one, that it...what movie were we talking about again?

Oh, yeah. Sequel to something Part 2. The one with Jackie Chan and that shrill shrieking guy. A few action scenes. A few predictable laughs. And a (very) few actual surprises. Forgive me if this review runs short, but trying to elaborate upon a movie like Rush Hour 2 is like trying to base your doctoral thesis on a Bazooka Joe comic.

Interested in what happens in this movie? Well so am I. As far as I could gather, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan are cops. They start out in China, then head over to LA before finally ending up in Vegas. Am I insane or did I just pay 8 bucks to watch Chris Tucker get free trips around the world? Seeing that this one is billed as an "action/comedy", you can of course expect there to be "action" well as..."comedy".

The action shows up as the two cops start investigating a mysterious explosion. There are mafia types and femme fatales and barrelfuls of henchmen waiting to get karate chopped. In between the intermittently entertaining fighting stuff, we get Tucker's patented brand of shrill, shrieking "wackiness".

Thrill to the crazy "bus/banner" sequence!

Gasp as Tucker's stupid big mouth writes checks his skinny movie-star a$$ obviously could never EVER cash if he weren't a $20 million dollar movie star!

Cringe at the awful racist humor that Tucker spouts for nearly 90 minutes straight. He actually sneers at Chinese people in this movie and goes "Hing Hong Ching Chong"!!! What year is this??

Jackie Chan is getting a bit old. This is not a criticism of his talent. He's literally getting old. So it only seems logical that his numerous action scenes seem a bit more geriatric than usual. But I'd rather see Chan squeeze his way through a bank teller's window (in the movie's coolest millisecond) than listen to one more syllable from Chris Tucker.

Asking a movie reviewer if you should see this movie is like asking your Mom if you should chew gum. Do you like gum? If you do, then chew dammit! But don't expect the gum to transform into Sirloin Steak in your mouth, although that would be pretty neat.

Is Rush Hour 2 an awful film? Nah. It's hardly even a film. Sequelitis is strong in this one, and although there are a handful of enjoyable gags and thrills, this movie is simply a joke you've heard 11 times before. It might have been great the first time, but the sheer predictability of the affair kinda sucks all the fun out of it.

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User Comments

6/14/10 LINDA DOWDY Good "action comedy"! 4 stars
8/19/08 Shaun Wallner This movie is so funny! 5 stars
5/06/07 David Risser Another great Jackie Chan action flick! 5 stars
2/03/06 Anthony Feor A funny sequel, but brings down attention just a bit 3 stars
11/14/05 Jackie Tucker GOOD MOSHO 5 stars
11/14/05 J man Brett Ratner’s Choice of actors was out standing no other director could do a better job 5 stars
8/21/05 tony It was so funny. it was very good. 4 stars
7/02/05 Eddie Chan's worst role ever 1 stars
6/08/05 JD On an entertainment level, it delivers! 4 stars
1/24/05 keithers.. Another hollywood entry for Chan... 3 stars
8/30/04 john bale Tucker does Eddie Murphy, Chan does himself - predictable mayhem & kung fu stuff. 3 stars
5/31/04 Nobody about as good as the first...too many racist jokes 3 stars
11/21/03 rony awesome!!! makes me wanna visit hong kong!!! and electrifying Zhang Ziyi=ZZ^_^ 5 stars
11/01/03 Littlepurch Loved it! Haven't even seen the first one!!! 5 stars
10/14/03 Ian Hilarious! 5 stars
10/01/03 estheticaura Same formula. Different Scenery. 2 stars
4/19/03 Gecko Fanfoot Nice outing. Tucker and Chan are a great team. Tucker's a scream! 5 stars
2/03/03 Turtle Nowhere near as good as the original and has a terribly convoluted plot...FUN! 4 stars
12/31/02 John Aster Habig gees who knew jokes could be this dumb even racial humor 2 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby Unexpectedly winning and entertaining. 4 stars
10/25/02 Interrog8 Oops, it didn't have the spunk of the first one. 3 stars
10/13/02 Bodine Harris Awesome 5 stars
8/13/02 Justin Better than the first! 5 stars
8/04/02 Ray McCoy John Lone should have had more screen time in this film!!! 3 stars
5/25/02 Film Guy Not funny ,not good 2 stars
3/31/02 Jeremy ACTION thats one of the main things i like 5 stars
3/18/02 Zargo wicked movie, Ziyi is a babe 5 stars
3/13/02 andrew howe its a classic 5 stars
3/06/02 Julia Cox Possibly unprecedented level of original-to-sequel improvement. Tucker almost not obnoxious 5 stars
2/24/02 Andrew Carden Scattershot Sequel Has Minimal Laughs and A Dumb Screenplay. 3 stars
2/20/02 Xaver While funny at times, it isn't as funny as the original. 3 stars
2/08/02 Jennifleur Best Jackie Chan Movie yet. Hope he keeps up the trend 5 stars
2/07/02 Phil M. Afficianado Sti[id film, done well 2 stars
1/21/02 Spencer Lent Not quite as good as the first one but pretty close 4 stars
1/17/02 Piz I could swear i saw this before, oh yeah, Rush Hour 1, but since the first was funny... 4 stars
12/25/01 Mogwai worth a look 3 stars
12/22/01 Bri funny, action is decent 5 stars
12/19/01 The Bomb 69 great popcorn movie, Infinifilm DVD made it better 5 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 A good time, better, funnier than part 1 4 stars
11/09/01 Christina Boe I think that Rush Hour 2 was a very good movie. I believe this movie was well put together 4 stars
10/16/01 kate This was a wicked film, definitely a film to watch again 5 stars
10/14/01 gus i loved it! it came so close to surpassing the original 5 stars
10/06/01 Hashbro iam an ultimate rush hour fan and i cant wait for rush hour 3..but i better this again! 5 stars
9/29/01 Jim Renwick Good show 4 stars
9/29/01 Phoenix I laughed all the way through this. Chan and Tucker are great together. 4 stars
9/19/01 cheuk kinda cool watchin it, but when ur out, u realize u jus wen n 2 c jackie chan, not da movie 4 stars
9/16/01 A.J it was the best movie ever its better then rush hour 1 i hope you put rush hour3 5 stars
9/15/01 Palaboy Forget Chris Tucker, Jackie is the real star of this film! 3 stars
9/05/01 elee the best =) cant wait til the next sequel 5 stars
9/03/01 Injew Tries really hard to be funny. I left after 40 minutes of this garbage. 2 stars
8/27/01 B. Merriweather It was a delightful, funny and witty comedy that I truly enjoyed. 4 stars
8/23/01 Baphomet Damn enteeeeeeeeeertainin' n' no pretense. It's fun n' Ziyi iz stunningly beautiful. 4 stars
8/19/01 Mike L Too funny!!! also cant resist Zhang Ziyi!!!!DAMN HOT!!!! 5 stars
8/15/01 Don Slomski loved the 1st one, maybe Tucker / Chan will be together in a film soon, this wasn't it. 3 stars
8/13/01 Roy Smith Not a great movie but Tucker and Chan are a great team! Charisma to spare!! 4 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Tucker handles all situations like some stand-up,but he's veryfunny & Jackie Chan is agile! 4 stars
8/07/01 Kimble Just... great! 5 stars
8/06/01 John Lyons not bad. Chris Tucker getting tired, but Zhang Ziyi is HOT! 4 stars
8/06/01 parkallan Pretty good film, action and comedy done well 4 stars
8/05/01 Y2mckay Same old shit, Tucker still kinda funny, Chan still fights good, Not worth a full review. 3 stars
8/05/01 Jed Complete Crap. Not the least bit funny. 1 stars
8/05/01 Brad this movie was awsome; better than the first 5 stars
8/05/01 Josh Tybur Hit and miss jokes, awesome action. Did they have to do that to Zhang? 4 stars
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  03-Aug-2001 (PG-13)
  DVD: 22-May-2007


  20-Sep-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Brett Ratner

Written by
  Jeff Nathanson

  Jackie Chan
  Chris Tucker
  Wong Fei
  Chris Penn
  Zhang Ziyi
  Alan King

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