Rush Hour ★★½ 1998 (PG-13)
Cliched buddy film that's sauced up a bit with the unlikely pairing of loudmouthed Tucker and swiftfooted Chan. Motormouth L.A. detective James Carter (Tucker) is temporarily assigned to the FBI to babysit Hong Kong detective Lee (Chan) and keep him away from a kidnapping case that Lee is anxious to solve for personal reasons. Chan is more subdued stuntwise than in his own pictures but nonetheless a charmer against the abrasive Tucker. The culture clash scenes and some high gloss action moments make for a rousing actioncomedy. Film was a surprise boxoffice smash. 98m/C VHS, DVD, UMD . Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tzi Ma, Julia Hsu, Philip Baker Hall, Rex Linn, Elizabeth Pena, Mark Rolston, Tom Wilkinson; D: Brett Ratner; W: Jim Kouf, Ross LaManna; C: Adam Greenberg; M: Lalo Schifrin. MTV Movie Awards '99: OnScreen Duo (Chris Tucker/Jackie Chan).