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Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris


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Action and humor speed up 'Rush Hour 2'

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Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker), left, teams up with Detective Lee (Jackie Chan) again in Rush Hour 2, this time in Hong Kong.

By BILLY NORRIS

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 6, 2001


Movie: Rush Hour 2

Rating: PG-13

Summary: Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) travels to Hong Kong for a vacation and a visit with his "partner," Detective Lee (Jackie Chan). The vacation quickly turns into a hunt for a criminal who bombed the U.S. Embassy. They discover a large counterfeiting operation headed up by the same person suspected of the bombing, a former police officer who was partnered with Detective Lee's father. Lee and Carter team up once again to stop it before things get out of control.

My view: This movie was absolutely hilarious! Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker make such an awesome, funny team. They have very good chemistry. The action sequences are choreographed extremely well. Jackie Chan's martial arts skills are astonishing and always fun to watch. There was enough of a plot to tie all of the action scenes together, but the element of surprise was lacking.

Favorite part: All Jackie Chan movies have outtakes that are shown during the credits. They were as funny as the movie itself!

Least favorite part: Every time something funny happened, the whole audience would roar with laughter, which made it very difficult for me to hear the dialogue that followed.

Recommendations: This film definitely isn't appropriate for kids under age 13, because of mature themes and humor. It will appeal to teenagers, action film lovers, and most of all Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker fans.

Grade: B+

- Billy Norris, 13, will be in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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