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Tucker-ed Out

Noisy Rush Hour 2 mistakes volume for humor

Shades of green: Rush Hour 2 exists only so Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker can pick your pockets.
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Shades of green: Rush Hour 2 exists only so Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker can pick your pockets.

Ratner and screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (responsible for bits and pieces of Coyote Ugly, Speed 2 and Twister, which should violate some three-strikes-and-you're-out law) seem to think that getting a funnyman to deliver straight lines (they couldn't be jokes, could they?) warrants a hefty paycheck. In truth, all it does is demand that Tucker, who's already as subtle as a nail gun in the eye, turn up the volume to 11. (Do earplugs come with that popcorn?) Tucker spends damned near the entirety of the movie yelling, screaming and screeching at Chan and the audience. And still, he's making jokes about Chan's nationality, as though the two weren't even friends and Rush Hournever happened. If only.

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