Rush Hour 2
PG-13
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2

In the 1998 original, Jackie Chan played Hong Kong Police Inspector Lee on the trail of oriental criminals in Los Angeles. Chris Tucker played the streetwise Los Angeles police detective James Carter assigned as his liaison. Picking up from the end of that story, the sequel begins with the roles reversed as Carter visits Hong Kong with Lee. A bombing in the U.S. Embassy kills two undercover agents working on an international gang smuggling counterfeit dollars into America. The main suspect is Ricky Tan (John Lone), head of a powerful Asian gang and former police partner of Lee’s father. The case takes Carter and Lee back to Los Angeles, then to Las Vegas as they follow the money trail. Along the way they must deal with seemingly corrupt secret service agent Isabella (Roselyn Sanchez) and Tan’s deadly second in command, Hu Li (Zhang Ziyi). Action-packed martial arts encounters feature Chan’s incredible stunts and humorous twists. Like the original, this sequel is sure to be a box office winner.

Although the martial arts battles are frequent, the violence is mainly hits and kicks without graphic injury. Outtakes show that the stunts don’t always work and sometimes real injuries occur. But with the popularity of martial arts, young fans may try imitating fight moves. The investigation takes the two stars into a massage parlor featuring scantily clad women and comments imply prostitution is acceptable. After a martial arts encounter, Carter and Lee are tossed into the street without clothes and the scene reveals bare backsides. At a yacht party, Carter propositions Isabella but is politely rebuffed. Later, Lee reacts humorously bothered while observing the woman undress. Like the original, the dialogue, particularly from Carter, is filled with crude comments and several obscenities. Two strong profanities further degrade the language. Along with the frequent violence, inappropriate language and sexual allusions put the brakes on RUSH HOUR 2.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: New Line Cinema, 116 North Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

Summary
Crude Language: Many (48) times - Mild 28, moderate 20
Obscene Language: Several (7) times - S-word 6, other 1
Profanity: Few (4) times - Regular 3 (GD 2, J); exclamatory (O My Lord)
Violence: Many times - Moderate (Explosions, many martial arts kicks, hits, falls, non-graphic shootings, hit on head, stabbing - knife in chest, bloody arm wound, gun threat, fall from height)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Few times (male rear); Near Nudity - several times (women in underwear/bikinis, low cut dresses, short skirts, skimpy Las Vegas costumes)
Homosexual Conduct: Effeminate salesman comments about men
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Man comments about women, women in massage parlor imply prostitution, humorous slang for male genitals, man propostitions woman, man reacts to seeing woman undress)
Drug Abuse: Few times - alcohol, cigarette smoking
Other: Joke about kosher meal, men misunderstand social cultures, various forms of gambling shown, animosity shown between law enforcement groups
Running Time: 93 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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