Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2001. New Line Cinema, Roger Birnbaum Productions, Salon Films. Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on characters created by Ross LaManna. Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti. Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Arthur M. Sarkissian, Jay Stern. Music by Lalo Schifrin. Production Design by Terence Marsh. Costume Design by Rita Ryack. Film Editing by Mark Helrich, Robert K. Lambert.
Hilarious but quite useless sequel to Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker‘s 1997 blockbuster is so unimpressive because of how similar it is to its predecessor. This time Chan and Tucker are in Hong Kong battling evildoers who have bombed the American embassy and are involved in a counterfeiting operation. Ziyi Zhang is stunning as a member of the evil gang responsible for the crimes, but her part is left to the fringes of the plot making her not all that memorable. Chan and Tucker’s jokes are all a rehash of what we’ve already heard from both of them, so if you’re in the mood for more of the same thing you’ll be quite pleased. Otherwise, just watch the slicker and funnier original.