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Worth A Look24.75%
Pretty Bad: 22.77%
Total Crap: 2.97%

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Rush Hour 2
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Some things can actually get better during a break."
4 stars

Chugging right along, we find ourselves faced with another one of 2001’s sequels. And truth be told, it isn’t too bad. As a matter of fact, I like “Rush Hour 2” as opposed to its predecessor.

Carter (Chris Tucker) is on vacation in Hong Kong visiting Lee (Jackie Chan). Carter is dragged from case to case unsuspectingly until he is too far involved, he can’t get out. They travel from Hong Kong to Los Angeles and Las Vegas battling members of the triad gang, who are trying to regulate large sums of counterfeit money. Otherwise, they pick up where they left off, with a little less bickering and a lot more action. (The other recognizable connection is in the relevance of Lee’s dead father in the plot.) At first, it was building up to be a deathly rechauffé, cruelly basing the blunt of the jokes in a racist fashion against the Chinese (“I’ll bitchslap you to Bangkok”). It was the most unforgivable act of the first, despite its slow start and wayward pairing of the duo. The waywardness is still here, in a positive manner, but their relationship is established, set in stone, incorrigible. We know what to expect, and it goes a little further. Brett Ratner returns to the directorial duties, and scores a higher mark than “Rush Hour” and “Money Talks” combined, by making the action more exciting, more elaborate, more visually impressive, etc. Jeff Nathanson’s script is funnier and more well-rounded — the pieces of the plot are more cohesive — than in Ross La Manna’s first outing. Chan, as the world champion of stunts, delivers an impressive package with little disappointment, and his concentration and dexterity is practically impossible to look over. Tucker’s on-screen personality is a thing of acquirement, something that takes some time to get used to (tip: don’t indulge in too much at once), but once you pass that initial vexation, he is far more easy to put up with, even enjoy. The same cannot be said for Tucker’s non-dopplegänger, fellow comedian, Chris Rock, who, with time has proved terribly annoying and talentless. (See him — or don’t — in “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” or listen to him in “Osmosis Jones” for more of the same.) “Rush Hour 2” also marks the premiere American production to feature Chinese ingenue Zhang Ziyi; save for maybe four words, she speaks no English (still learning, I hear), and at that, her phonetics (“Want an apple”) are seriously rusted and under-worked. She’s a long way to go before she matches the level Antonio Banderas’ English productions or John Malkovich’s international projects, etc. But still, her looks do do her justice, and her moves revel in their own form of awe.

With John Lone and Roselyn Sanchez.

Final Verdict: B.

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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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