RUSH HOUR 2
Bumper-To-Bumper Comic Thrills
Release Date: August 03, 2001
Genre: Action Comedy
Audience: Teenagers & adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.
Director: Brett Ratner
Executive Producer: Andrew Z. Davis
Writer: Jeff Nathanson & Ross LaManna
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LAPD Detective Carter (Tucker) is anxious to begin his vacation and party with Chinese women, but Inspector Lee (Chan) is still on the job and is asked to investigate a U.S. Embassy bombing. His boss believes one of the fearful Chinese gangs known as the Triads is involved and decides Lee should be sent in to handle it.
Lee confronts Ricky Tan (John Lone), the leader of the local Triad gang, and is distracted by a mysterious and sadistic female gang member. Lee explains to Carter that Ricky Tan is an ex-Chinese cop who killed Lee’s father, also a cop, while he was investigating an unsolved case. They agree to solve the case so they can enjoy their vacation together.
Lee and Carter discover the Triad is operating an international smuggling ring. An undercover Secret Service agent asks them to help her locate very important stolen U.S. minting plates. After several amusing incidents, they travel from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, then they are shanghaied to Las Vegas for a rushed yet amusing ending. There, the dazzling duo discover the real villains and cleverly fight their way through a crowded casino.
RUSH HOUR 2 steers to avoid stalls and heavy delays in the storyline. Lee and Carter chase, flee, fight, and deliver very funny lines. Then, the pesky plot resurfaces, and it’s time to have them chase, flee, fight, and laugh again. The audience, sufficiently distracted, will be entertained. What works best are the comical action scenes and the Odd Couple relationship between Lee and Carter, which the movie plays for all that it’s worth. All the silly villains and plot turns are just flimsy excuses to bring these likable characters back to the summer Cineplex.
What doesn’t work so well is Carter’s lascivious obsession with beautiful females. Consequently, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends caution for teenagers, especially younger ones and teenagers struggling with sexual issues.
Despite its rice paper-thin plot, RUSH HOUR 2 manages to deliver bumper-to-bumper comic thrills for older audiences. New Line Cinema, which is owned by Warner Bros., has developed a popular franchise with this movie. If they can inject the series with some variety, and more family-friendly, Christian values, they can ensure increased success.
RUSH HOUR 2 steers to avoid stalls and heavy delays in the storyline. Thankfully, Tucker’s mouth and Chan’s fists each fly faster and tighter than in the original comedy. What works best are the comical action scenes and the Odd Couple relationship between Lee and Carter, which the movie plays for all that it’s worth. What doesn’t work so well is Carter’s lascivious obsession with beautiful females. Consequently, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends caution for teenagers, especially younger ones and teenagers struggling with sexual issues.