Fun Ride, but Beware
Release Date: October 06, 2004
Starring: Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon,
Jennifer Esposito, and Gisele
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Rating: PG-13 for language, sensuality
and brief violence
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Tim Story PRODUCER: Luc Besson
Producer: Luc Besson
PRODUCERS: Ira Shuman and
Writer: Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon and
Jim Kouf BASED ON THE 1998
FRENCH MOVIE BY: Luc Besson
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Jimmy Fallon stars as Andy Washburn, a hard-working cop with a string of bad luck and a terrible driving record. Queen Latifah is Belle, a daredevil taxi driver who gets roped into helping Fallon chase a mob of bank robbers. Their collaboration results in some traffic mayhem, so Washburn’s boss takes him off the case and confiscates Belle’s taxicab. Washburn tries to get back on the case, and Belle tries to get back her cab.
Part of the concept is that Latifah’s taxicab has been outfitted with boosters and accelerators so that it drives at NASCAR-like speeds. This part is silly, but the movie is fast-paced and does not take itself too seriously, so it does not detract from the movie’s fun. Fallon and Latifah’s easygoing chemistry also makes for a few good laughs. The chase scenes top it all off by lending some variety.
Even so, families will be disturbed to see the high foul language count, which could have been cut down considerably. There are no ‘f’ words, however, and only two strong obscenities.
On the good side, the movie clearly defines moral lines. The bank robbers are clearly the bad guys, and they are caught in the end. Although Fallon’s police detective is a goofball, he’s good-natured and cares about his job. He is a good example of a policeman, not the mindless buffoons of STARSKY AND HUTCH.
Overall, TAXI is a fun movie that, regrettably, limits its audience with too much foul language, jokes about drinking and brief sexual innuendo. Action-comedy movies often fail to be either funny or exciting, but TAXI does some of both and does them pretty well.
TAXI is surprisingly funny and effective. Certain parts are silly, but the movie is fast-paced and doesn’t take itself too seriously. The actors’ easygoing chemistry makes for a few good laughs, and the chase scenes lend variety. Families will be disturbed to see the high foul language count, however. This should have been cut down considerably and even eliminated. On the good side, the movie clearly defines moral lines. The bank robbers are clearly the bad guys, and they are caught in the end. Although Fallon’s police detective is a goofball, he’s good-natured and cares about his job. Overall, TAXI is a fun movie that limits its audience with too much foul language, jokes about drinking and brief sexual innuendo.