RUSH HOUR 3
First-Rate Action, Some Second-Rate Laughs
Release Date: August 10, 2007
Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker,
Hiroyuki Sanada, Youki Kudoh,
Max Von Sydow, and Roman
Genre: Police Thriller/Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema/Time Warner
Director: Brett Ratner
Executive Producer: Toby Emmerich
Producer: Arthur Sarkissian, Roger
Birnbaum, Jay Stern, Jonathan
Glickman, and Andrew Z. Davis
Writer: Jeff Nathanson
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In this third outing with Jackie Chan as Detective Lee of China and Chris Tucker as Detective James Carter of the LAPD, Lee and Carter go after Chinese gangsters. Labeled the biggest organized crime outfit in the world, the Chinese Triads are trying to stop the ambassador, whom Lee is always guarding, from breaking them up. They send an assassin named Kenji, Lee’s childhood friend in the orphanage where they grew up. Kenji critically wounds the ambassador, but Lee cannot bring himself to shoot his former friend down, so Kenji escapes.
After a shootout in the hospital where the ambassador is recovering, the trail leads Carter and Lee to Paris and a woman named Genevieve. Marked for death by the Chinese Triads, Carter and Lee believe that Genevieve, who was helping the Chinese ambassador, knows who the gangster leader is. Her secret, however, turns out to be more complicated than that.
Lee’s childhood friend, Kenji, is ordered to kill Genevieve too. Lee is forced to consider whether his desire to redeem his childhood friend, Kenji, doesn’t put all of their lives in more jeopardy.
The action in RUSH HOUR 3 is first-rate and often very funny. One of the best bits involves a French taxi driver who helps the two heroes a couple times. Too much of the movie’s down time, however, involves cheap laughs about Carter’s womanizing. For example, he tells Lee in one scene that he wants to interview all the women in a casino himself. In another extensive scene, Carter takes the chance to ogle some French showgirls in stages of undress. Also, Genevieve happens to be a beautiful black woman, so Carter seduces her into going to bed together, but another assassin interrupts them. This is low-grade, salacious humor that’s not that hard to write and it hurts what could have been a four-star movie. It also minimizes the effectiveness of the story’s morally uplifting parts.
Thus, RUSH HOUR 3 has a mixed pagan worldview due to its sexual content and innuendo and its foul language. MOVIEGUIDE® regrettably advises extreme caution in what otherwise is perhaps the best, most exciting of the RUSH HOUR movies.
The action in RUSH HOUR 3 is first-rate and often very funny. Too much of the movie’s down time, however, involves cheap laughs about the over-sexed Carter’s womanizing. That, and the use of foul language, gives the movie a pagan worldview, which dilutes the power of the story’s morally uplifting moments. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution in what otherwise is perhaps the best, most exciting of the RUSH HOUR movies.