Rule 1: Make sure the cop and buddy are as mismatched as idli and pizza topping (in this case Asian Guy Jackie Chan, Black Guy Chris Tucker)
Rule 2: Someone has to have a mouth bigger than the Grand Canyon and faster than the fastest motor engine - Tucker does the honors in this bit
Rule 3: One cracks the jokes, the other kicks butt - and I don't have to tell you who do what here
Rule 4: Exotic females galore (move over Zeta-Jones, we ain't talking about you)
Rule 5: Exotic location helps - without a script, we sheepishly hope you'll look at the locales instead
You remember the first Rush Hour right? Jackie Chan kicked butt and Tucker came with his own laugh track. You watched the flick, and then went home. You don't remember anything else, because there was nothing else.
Keeping in view the Chinese Food Syndrome where you down large amounts of chow and yet feel no effect after an hour, Rush Hour 2 provides entertainment that is meant strictly for the moment. There is nothing to think or ponder over while watching the flick. Just let your socks off your feet and watch the kicks fly through the air.
Working in strict accordance with the Cops-And-Buddy Rule Book, here we have Carter (Tucker) visiting Hong Kong (during his pre-school spring break, I presume) and his old pal Jackie. Almost jinxing the trip is a bombing at the US embassy, and these guys are catapulted into action. The bad guys soon emerge and there is a counterfeiting ring, a guy who killed Jackie's policeman pop and some other cliché-ridden stuff that we have been seeing from the times God decided that there should be light on earth.
And of course, no movie set in the Oriental is complete without a couple of gals all ready to massage at the drop of an eyelid, and some light-hearted corn about the bamboo (yaaaaawn...). Anyway, when you're dozing off in between, there are some serious kicks and yowls as Chan punches everyone this side of the Great Wall. Tucker does what he's expected to do -talk non-stop. There are a couple of funny lines, but they soon exhaust every Black Guy - Asian Guy joke that was ever written.
The girls come in trying to revive the interest of the sagging audience, and we all recognize the kid from Crouching Tiger - Zhang Ziyi (her name incidentally is spellcheck proof) before snoozing off again.
Well then, Rush Hour 2 looks as tempting as a steaming bowl of American Chopsuey
- you'll take it down while it's hot and won't remember it on the way back home.
Try it if you feel a need to catch up on snooze city.