"First-Rate Action, Some Second-Rate Laughs"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(PaPa, BB, C, AP, LLL, VV, S, NN, A, M) Strong, somewhat mixed pagan worldview with some sexual content such as talk about unmarried sex and man ogles women in skimpy clothing and stages of undress and a comical mention of Buddha by a man who claims he has been studying Buddha’s teachings in a martial arts setting, mitigated a little bit by strong moral concerns to stop evil gangsters and protect women in danger (and society) as well as sticking by your true caring and deserving friends when they support such positive moral values, as well as an attempt to redeem one gangster and a scene with a Roman Catholic nun who comically helps two police detectives interrogate a suspect and who is depicted as a cool person, plus Frenchman makes very disparaging anti-American remarks in a comical way but later changes his views; at least 39 obscenities, two strong profanities, three light profanities, Catholic nun says bad guy speaking French used the “n” word, and cops say phrases like “the f word” while talking in front of the Catholic nun out of respect for her calling during one comical scene; strong action violence such as shootouts with people being shot, knife throwing, sword fighting, people fall from great heights, young woman tied up on a high tower and threatened with death, martial arts fighting, people hang from great heights, two or so kicks in groin, explosion, etc.; talk about pre-marital sex, unmarried man and woman ready to go to bed together are interrupted, passionate kissing, and nightclub features women in skimpy clothes as part of musical entertainment; rear female nudity in nightclub setting, implied upper female nudity, women in skimpy costumes, female cleavage, and woman in skimpy lingerie; alcohol use; no discernible smoking; and, lying, man tells his partner he gets “the fat girl,” and one hero is conflicted because a man he grew up with is involved with evil gangsters and he tries to redeem his friend, despite the terrible actions he has committed, tried to commit or threatened to commit.
RUSH HOUR 3 features lots of funny, thrilling action, but too much of its down time is taken up with the womanizing interests of one of the movie’s two heroes.
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.