The Tuxedo
1 out of 5 stars
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Everything about this film seems like filler--like Jackie Chan was just biding his time until the next Rush Hour or Shanghai Noon movie. And it should be noted that those two are buddy comedies that let him bounce off costars. Here the buddy is substituted for a prickly romantic lead, but it's all so fluffy and silly that it doesn't really work at all. Chan plays Jimmy, a New York taxi driver who's recruited by a mysterious woman (Mazur) to be the driver for an even more mysterious millionaire (Isaacs). After an assassination attempt, Jimmy dons his boss' super-powered tuxedo and takes his place as a top-secret spy alongside novice agent Del (Hewitt). The two then have to save the world from a mad man (Coster) who has a nefarious plan involving designer water.

This is one of those films you can just about sit through without being bored to tears--it's lively and colourful enough without ever challenging anything. The humour isn't funny. The action isn't suspenseful. The filmmaking itself isn't even remotely competent. It simply lumbers ahead on the charm of its cast members, who all seem to have quickly dashed off their roles during a long layover between London and Los Angeles. The most entertaining part of the film is trying to figure out who it's aimed at. The violence is actually far too gruesome for children; anyone else will find it a silly waste of time. Chan has a few energetic action scenes, but most of them are complicated with crazy effects that have something to do with this all-singing, all-dancing suit (literally, as seen when Chan takes the place of James Brown on stage). It's just a bit of fluff; ignore it and it'll go away.

cert 12 themes, violence, innuendo 5.Dec.02

dir Kevin Donovan
scr Michael J Wilson, Michael Leeson
with Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Isaacs, Debi Mazar, Ritchie Coster, Peter Stormare, Mia Cottet, Romany Malco, Daniel Kash, Jody Racicot, Colin Mochrie, James Brown
release US 27.Sep.02; UK 10.Jan.03
02/US 1h38

Half-mast. Jimmy (Chan) gets dressed and does battle at the same time...

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send your review to Shadows... he's not looking for trouble, he's wearing it "This is a silly Jackie Chan movie, and I read that he made this to expand his fan base to younger movie goers ... did not know he needed them any younger. However, this is just a silly movie everyone seems to have had fun making, and it does not try to be anything but that - the plot is predictable, and also silly. Even so, it was fun to watch, had a few laughs and it does not try to be anything more than that - a light movie, which should make you laugh in spots - hopefully the right ones." --Laurie T, Minneapolis 15.Oct.02
2002 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall