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The Tuxedo

The Tuxedo

In his most current film, The Tuxedo, Jackie Chan is transformed from geek to Mr. Cool.  This has been done before is a very similar way in The Mask.  Here instead of a mask, substitute a tuxedo and hand cuffs.

The hand cuffs are actually virtual as Chan is restrained from doing much of what we have come to love.  The physical action is minimal and Chan has little opportunity to use his terrific comedic timing.  Compared to the previously released Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2, this film has little to offer except for the rare laugh.

This is yet another example of Hollywood finding a bankable actor and putting him or her into a mainstream film without regard to what originally made them the star they are today.

The story here is confusing and yet simplistic: world domination.  This is to be achieved by poisoning the surface water supplies and leaving only the “pure” water provided by our resident evil corporation head.  Odd, I always thought that water from the surface eventually made it to the aquifers that this “genius” would then offer to the world; but I guess I expect too much from films these days.

Also starring Jennifer Love Hewitt who again demonstrates that looks can get you a job with little or no skills as she is paired with Chan as his partner when his boss is injured and he assumes the hero's roll.  Again it is the script and direction that limit Chan here.  He does admirably with what he is given.

To wrap up, don't expect a great film here and for once you can leave before the credits are done as the out-takes that Chan has become famous for are not the usual physical comedy, just simply language errors.  I guess "simply" really describes this film best; simple plot, simple direction and simply mediocre.

As always keep the popcorn hot, the soda cold and look for me in the back row, three seats in.

 
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The Tuxedo
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C+