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Rush Hour 2 (2001)
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Review Date: July 31, 2001
Director: Brett Ratner
Writer: Jeff Nathanson
Producers: Arthur Sarkissian, Roger Birnbaum
Actors:
Chris Tucker as James Carter
Jackie Chan as Lee
Ziyi Zhang as Hu Li
Plot:
They're baaaaaack! Only this time the American loudmouth police officer is in the ass-kicking Chinese police officer's backyard, Hong Kong. There are some bad guys, lotsa fights, lotsa jokes and that's pretty much all you need to know. Have a blast!
Critique:
First things first...do you think that Chris Tucker is a funny guy? If the answer to that question is a resounding "no", then don't even bother reading the rest of this review or seeing this movie because you seriously gotta appreciate the man's humor if you're going to see this movie in the first place. Alright, now as for the rest of you, be prepared to have yourselves a b-b-blast with this picture, as Tucker goes gonzo with his motormouth and doesn't shut up until you're pissing all over yourself in the aisles. Talk about a "laugh a minute" movie! Ironically, I went into this picture thinking that its best jokes were in the trailer, but five minutes into this puppy, I knew that I was in for an all-around good time. But don't you dare go in expecting originality, dramatic entanglements or emotional attachments to the characters, because that ain't what this movie's about.

It's actually one of the "easiest" movies that I've had to watch all year, one that left me beaming when I left the theater (especially since the outtakes are almost as funny and cool as the film itself) and still smiling when I thought back to some of Tucker's one-liners (some of his facial expressions alone cracked me up!). The film is basically this: Tucker makes jokes, Chan kicks ass, Ziyi Zhang looks great...repeat...Tucker makes jokes, Chan kicks, Ziyi Zhang looks great. So if you liked the first film, I see no reason why you wouldn't enjoy this round of fluff either. They've even slapped some different locations in this one like Hong Kong and Vegas, and a nifty little cameo by the way of Don Cheadle (kung-fu master!). The film also flies by at a quick 90 minutes and rarely slows down to take a break. So as long as you don't go in expecting to save the world when you come out, you will surely be entertained, especially if you dig on Tucker's humor because he is all over this one! Damn dude, I started clapping all by myself at some point...wtf?! Fun shtuff!
(c) 2015 Berge Garabedian
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