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August 13, 2007 - Image 10

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 2007-08-13

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Monday, August 13, 2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom

Time to give up and
slow down, and give
up the franchise
"Rush Hour 3"
At Quality 16 and Showcase
New Line
It's been reported that Chris
Tucker earned $25 million to star
in "Rush Hour 3." Given that it's
been a decade since he's had a role
in any movie that doesn't have the
words "rush hour" in the title, that's

a pretty inexplicable amount, but
that's not the real mystery here.
Even in a summer that has seen new
movies in no fewer than nine fran-
chises, who really thought there
was a need for a third "Rush Hour"
Actually, don't answer that.
Whatever the case, the money here
clearly went into Chris Tucker's sal-
ary and not into the film's creative
force. The plot resembles that of the
first two with the considerable dif-
ference that this one makes abso-
lutely no sense. So many loose ends
remain by the film's end that anoth-
er movie would have to be made just
to clarify everything.
Granted, it would be hard to rec-

reate the unexpected magic that
was the first "Rush Hour." But it's
an insult to the audience's intelli-
gence that the director Brett Rat-
ner (who also made the first two)
deems it unnecessary to include
anything that hasn't been done in
the others "Rush Hour" films, and
done better.
The real proofof the movie's utter
failure comes in the end credits.
Outtakes roll, showing Tucker and
Jackie Chan, basically his sidekick
at this point, having a great time and
actually makingthe audience laugh.
When the outtakes are better than
the entire movie that comes before
it, it's time to retire the franchise.

Chris Tucker, please stop.

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