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Rush Hour 3

Starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker
Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson
Based on characters created by Ross LaManna
Directed by Brett Ratner

IN SHORT: We laughed so much we forgot to take notes. [Rated PG-13 for sequences of action violence, sexual content, nudity and language. 91 minutes]

For its third installment, Inspector Lee (JC) and Detective Carter (CT) take their shtick to Paris, France which means that Jackie Chan gets to take on the Eiffel Tower as well as the bad guys while Chris Tucker gets to shoot off his mouth. Granted, Rush Hour 3 owes as much to its rampant theft of earlier material by Abbott and Costello or as seen in The Godfather or Star Wars but, tell you what . . . we don't care. Read the IN SHORT line again while we try to piece it all together <vbg>

Nah, we can't. We do remember that Tucker begins the film busted down to traffic duty in LA, while Chan continues to do his detective work, unimpeded by his sometimes partner. His assignment: to body guard Chinese Ambassador Han (Tzi Ma) who has come to LA seeking help fighting the Triads, essentially the Chinese mafia. So much for the ambassador . . . but key evidence has been left in the hands of his daughter Soo Yung (Zhang Jingchu) and Tucker (literally) begs to be let in on the case. Varden Reynard (Max von Sydow), head of the World Court, gets waved around like a red flag Yadda Yadda Yadda. Jackie takes on the Eiffel Tower and all the bad guys within.

There really isn't much here, folks. As Jackie Chan ages, he relies more on the comedy to move things along. When he has the opportunity, and desire, to let loose, he is poetry in motion. Tucker is just annoying -- but he's supposed to be, for the most part. Put it all together and you've got a totally disposable, and fairly enjoyable dateflick.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Rush Hour 3, he would have paid . . .


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