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Directed by Brett Ratner
Running Time: 1:36

Rush Hour was the kind of movie I wish I had seen with a large crowd on a Saturday night. Maybe it would have been funnier if there were other people there laughing. To me, it had some moments, but overall it just didn't live up to expectations.

Chris Tucker plays Los Angeles Police Detective, James Carter. He's a loose cannon on the force, and is about to be suspended when the FBI calls the LAPD looking for a stooge, someone to babysit Detective Inpector Lee from Hong Kong (Jackie Chan). See, someone has kidnapped the Chinese Consulate's daughter, and the FBI are on the case, but the Chinese Consulate wants to bring in an old friend from back in Hong Kong to help. But the FBI doesn't want him to get in the way, so this is the premise of having Chan and Tucker together throughout the film. And as you may suspect, Chan and Tucker are the smart ones who know what is going on, but everytime they try and tell the FBI something, no one wants to listen. So they stumble about and figure out who the kidnapper is and all that other good stuff. The whole point of the movie isn't really the plot, which is standard stuff, it's putting together comedian Chris Tucker with martial arts expert Jackie Chan.

I may get some flak for this, but I find Chris Tucker to be annoying most of the time. He has this squeaky, screechy voice that gets on my nerves. The entire movie he talks in the same voice, and after a while it's not funny anymore. I give him credit though. In a lot, if not all buddy cop comedies, the funny guy at some point always turns serious and has some very dramatic moments. Tucker never lets that happen. His character is always playing for laughs, even in the most serious of situations. But I just can't get past his voice. Maybe it was a badly written script. I think if they had allowed Tucker to improv more, it may have worked to his strength.

As for Jackie Chan, his was the standard foreign cop in America routine. He played second fiddle to the American cop, while being the actual brains of the duo. He still is the master of martial arts scenes. To me, that was the highlight of the film, watching him in his fight scenes. Those were very well done.

Basically, this was the kind of movie we've all seen before, so the biggest selling point was watching Tucker and Chan on the screen together. They had some chemistry, but not a lot. Still, Rush Hour was good enough to sit through. Be warned, the best part of the movie was the bloopers during the closing credits, so don't go anywhere when the movie is over.

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