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Awesome: 10.2%
Worth A Look: 2.04%
Average: 16.33%
Pretty Bad: 26.53%
Total Crap44.9%

3 reviews, 31 user ratings

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Taxi (2004)
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by EricDSnider

"Fallon leaves SNL, makes bad movies. And the circle of life continues."
2 stars

"Taxi" is the sort of bad movie that any hack director with a big budget, willing actors, and a shortage of good ideas can make. Like most action-comedies of recent years, it believes "loud and fast" are the same thing as "funny," and also that African-Americans being loose and sassy while their white counterparts are bumbling and squeamish is sure-fire comedy.

On that skeleton of a concept, the film hangs its flimsy plot. A New York City bike messenger named Belle (Queen Latifah) has just achieved her goal of becoming a cab driver, and she comes to the job prepared: She has spent the last five years pimping out her vehicle with various turbo boosters and other "Fast and the Furious"-style paraphernalia. How she obtained a New York City yellow cab to work on in her garage all that time is anybody's guess, as is the question of how she convinced her new cabbie bosses to let her drive it, especially with all its illegal alterations, rather than a company-issued vehicle.

At any rate, thanks to her hair-raising driving and maneuvering skills, she can now make it from midtown to JFK in less than 15 minutes. This makes her the perfect accomplice when an on-foot police officer named Washburn (Jimmy Fallon) hops into her cab one day and orders her to proceed to a nearby bank where there is a robbery in progress. Washburn is a terrible driver and previously was relieved of his license by his impossibly hot lieutenant (Jennifer Esposito).

The robbers barely escape after a chase through Manhattan, but the cops figure out it's part of a string of robberies, which means Washburn and his new buddy Belle will get to pursue them some more.

The movie, based loosely on a French film, was written by Ben Garant (of TV's heavily improvised "Reno 911," suggesting his skills are in improv, not writing) and directed by Tim Story ("Barbershop"). Its action sequences are competently shot and edited, but its comedy is a lame assemblage of old jokes and awkward punchlines, a typical cop comedy where the police never call for backup and are always shooting things. I give it credit for this, though: At least the "odd couple" angle between Belle and Washburn isn't overplayed. They work more as partners than as adversaries, which is a welcome relief.

Latifah and Fallon are both funny people, and you can see them occasionally straining to break free of the mediocre script's confines. Spiced up a bit more, this would be a fine role for Latifah's sensibilities. I wish I could say the same for Fallon, but the baby-faced man with the dorm-slacker demeanor looks like anything BUT a police officer, and he makes no attempts to, you know, maybe ACT like one. He acts like himself, a move that might work in some circumstances but that absolutely fails when he's playing as specific a characters as a New York City police officer. Maybe Fallon is a good actor, but we'll have to wait for another movie to find out.

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User Comments

11/05/15 David Hollingsworth Unfunny and total crap 1 stars
2/27/13 David Hollingsworth Total waste of Fallon & Latifah's talent 2 stars
1/09/09 Shaun Wallner Very Boring! 1 stars
4/28/07 David Pollastrini PRETTY DUMB 1 stars
4/03/06 JRE latifah and fallon together??? not funny and don't take your kids-lezbo scene 2 stars
1/10/06 JM Synth Two of the most obnoxious "comeidans" in Hollywood team up for one of its most vacant films 1 stars
10/10/05 Agent Sands Only scene I liked was the gratuitous Jennifer Esposito frisking scene that made no sense. 2 stars
9/21/05 Jonathon Holmes fucking my girlfriend would be more time-consuming than this turd 1 stars
7/14/05 Brandy Harrington Why is Jimmy Fallon famous? 1 stars
4/16/05 Carol Conway It was a bit much with the supermodels 2 stars
4/04/05 Charlie Unclear plot line, good cast though. 3 stars
3/15/05 Dyanne Parnel Funny movie, excellent chemistry between actors. Hilarious 5 stars
3/10/05 annisa it was good shit i like it alot and the cars were awsome 5 stars
2/24/05 tatum Fallon decides to model his career after Joe Piscopo 1 stars
12/19/04 Monster W. Kung No wonder it sucked, since the original was crap as well. 1 stars
11/11/04 Archanist_101 One of the most souless pieces of entertianment I've ever witnessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
11/11/04 Matty Moses This movie is soooo crap they shouldnt even make the DVD 1 stars
11/07/04 MAC Funny movie! Silly enjoyable fun. Fallon's hilarious. 5 stars
11/05/04 Nicole Latifah and Fallon had alright acting but the plot SUCKED!! 2 stars
11/03/04 Kurniawan nice movie yet not perfect.Another so called Taxi movie,but i like tha france's TAXI movies 5 stars
10/29/04 Jimmy Jones Today I have a topic I am an expert on: how much Jimmy Fallon sucks. Who decided this guy w 1 stars
10/28/04 Rodrigo VERY COOL !!! 5 stars
10/28/04 Kathleen Kids picked it but I enjoyed it! Funny movie. 4 stars
10/24/04 moviedude wait for network tv debut - better yet, don't see it at all 2 stars
10/22/04 Daniel this shit needs to end hollywood, quit making shitty ass movies like this- fallon sucks 1 stars
10/19/04 black psycho dwarf wazzup w/ the race-baiting in here? chill, it's just a movie. 3 stars
10/16/04 Betsy Latifah - racist, no acting talent, 1 1/2 hours of my life gone forever 1 stars
10/11/04 Robert Garant & Thomas Lennon How could we be so goddamn funny on RENO 911 and yet write THIS shit??? 1 stars
10/09/04 Jin Painful. 1 stars
10/06/04 Betsy Dreck 1 stars
10/02/04 Ray Driver, to the movie next door. 2 stars
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  06-Oct-2004 (PG-13)
  DVD: 15-Feb-2005



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