Picks and Pans Review: Rush Hour
Here we have a clumsily cobbled together vehicle that does service to neither of its stars, the up-and-coming black comic actor Tucker (Money Talks, The Fifth Element) and Chan, the Asian martial arts hero trying, so far without killer box office success, to move into American movies.
Chan, a cop, flies over from Hong Kong to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the former colony's communist-Chinese consul, who's stationed in Los Angeles. Tucker, a reckless hotshot on the LAPD, is assigned to escort Chan and, unofficially, keep him from stepping on the toes of the resentful FBI team handling the case. Chan, who maintains a smiling, companionable sweetness even when kicking and whirling with great agility and speed, has a few good moments doing his thing. Tucker has a funny way of racing through a line, and he's guaranteed a laugh when he breaks into one of his overly loose-limbed dance moves. But he and Chan don't really play well off each other, a serious flaw in this sort of 48 Hrs. buddy picture. Elizabeth Pena, in a small role as Tucker's hostile, bomb-defusing colleague, gives the movie what little genuine kick it has. (PG-13)
Bottom Line: Goes nowhere fast, despite its two stars