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Rush Hour Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 42

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The two characters barely even have a relationship; they're a union of demographics--the "urban" market meets the slapstick-action market.

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  • 50

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    A somewhat lackluster cop buddy movie that goes wrong in two big ways: (1) it fails to utilize Chan's full range of skills, relegating him to the role of a kickboxing action hero and virtually ignoring his comedic aptitude, and (2) it saddles him with a partner, played by the irritating Chris Tucker.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    There's a familiar feeling to the movie even beyond its twinkle-eyed martial arts melees.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Lightweight and made out of familiar elements, but they're handled with humor and invention.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's the kind of copycat movie that becomes original through its cast and treatment.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Buddy cop fun amidst explosions, bad guys, and language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is a lot of action and fighting in this film. While in scene after scene, the violence is meant to be funny, exaggerated and admired for Jackie Chan’s martial artistry, the destruction is still considerable. A child is kidnapped and held captive. There are gunfights; buildings are blown up; two men are shot point-blank while trying to protect the little girl; there are car chases and crashes; and participants are threatened with multiple weapons, including rifles, guns, and axes. Swearing and harsh language ("s--t," "ass," other vulgar expressions, and some racial slurs) are heard throughout the film, and, like the action, it's meant to be mostly comedic and to define the characters. Marijuana use is featured in a bar scene, referred to upon occasion, again with humor as a goal.

  • Families can talk about the violence in the movie. Do you think seeing so much action has an effect on how you act later? How does the comedy change the way you experience the violence?
  • Talk about how race is portrayed in the movie. Do you think this movie challenges or reinforces stereotypes?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Appearances can be deceiving: a police officer who seems to be inept and out-of-control turns out to be heroic and responsible under extreme conditions. People of disparate cultures can learn to respect one another and work together to reach a positive outcome.

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    Role models: Both police and FBI agents are portrayed as ineffective, bumbling, and quick to jump to erroneous conclusions. The two heroes are loyal and compassionate, though they make a lot of mistakes and often are successful because they’re lucky rather than good.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Extensive martial arts fighting throughout. Though it’s definitely cartoon-like action in most instances, there are bodies strewn on the floor after a fight; there's a point-blank shooting of two bodyguards; and some minor bloody injuries are shown. A little girl is kidnapped and held captive; she’s seen struggling with her assailants. There are lots of gun fights, car chases, accidents, and explosions.

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    Sex: A girl briefly dances provocatively in a T-shirt; there’s one reference to "sleeping together."

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    Language: Frequent swearing with repeated use of "s--t," "ass," "Goddamn," "hell." Sprinkled throughout is other coarse language: "kiss my fat ass," "punk bitch," "balls," etc. A few racial slurs are used: "Chun King Cop," "Mr. Rice-A-Roni," and the "n" word is uttered for humor by an African-American police officer, then copied by his Asian counterpart.

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    Consumerism: Brief visual or spoken references to Epson, Pacific Bell, Nikon, Fed Ex, Miller Lite, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. United Airlines is featured in several scenes.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: There’s some discussion of marijuana which is intended as comedy. Several characters are seen smoking it or are stoned, with one ironic comment "That’s bad for you." There’s a champagne toast, beer consumed at a card game, and one villain smokes.