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Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris


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'Tuxedo' gives formal a black eye

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By BILLY NORRIS

© St. Petersburg Times
published September 30, 2002


Movie: The Tuxedo

  • Rating: PG-13

Summary: Jimmy Tong (Jackie Chan) plays a Chicago taxi driver recruited as the chauffeur for an important man. This man, Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs), takes an immediate liking to Jimmy. But a hapless murder attempt is made on Devlin, and he is left bedridden in a hospital. Clark needs Jimmy to take over the undercover mission he had been working on. When Jimmy returns to the mansion to pick up a few things, he discovers an experimental, $2-billion tuxedo that can help him accomplish any task. Under Clark's alias, Jackie teams up with a young agent (Jennifer Love Hewitt) to stop an evil plot of world domination.

My View: I'm a big Jackie Chan fan, but this movie disappointed me. The plot was a takeoff on a James Bond movie, and that's been done a lot lately. This film just lacked the Jackie Chan magic. It was missing the great stunts you're used to seeing in his films, where he showcases his martial arts prowess. This time, there were way too many special effects to get the job done. Chan and Hewitt had nice chemistry, and he's still a funny guy, but he no longer seems capable of the physical tasks he was able to perform a few years ago (Shanghai Noon).

Favorite Part: The outtakes at the end are the best part -- as always!

Least Favorite Part: The tuxedo was the vehicle for most of his stunts. It seemed to play a larger role than he did.

Recommendations: That I'm a Jackie Chan fan and didn't like the movie much doesn't speak well for it. Wait for the video.

Grade: C-

-- Billy Norris, 14, is in the ninth grade at Seminole High School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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