Rush Hour 3 Runs Out of Gas

Recycled gags fall flat in tired buddy comedy
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2007 7:07 AM CDT
Rush Hour 3 Runs Out of Gas
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Legendary martial artist Jackie Chan teams up with peppy funnyman Chris Tucker for the third time since 1998 in Rush Hour 3, but critics are panning the film, opening today, as a flat-tire addition to the buddy-comedy franchise. "It’s a generically crummy action flick. It’s ugly. It’s noisy. It’s stupid," declares Manohla Dargis of the New York Times.

"Familiarity breeds boredom as the recycled gags run out of gas," says the Los Angeles Times. But the movie has "enough action set-pieces and mismatched partner humor to satisfy fans of the first two Rush Hours." And Chan fans can watch the 53-year-old athlete still pull off his own stunts. (More Rush Hour 3 stories.)

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