Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #327 Rush Hour

In Uncategorized on September 3, 2011 at 1:23 AM

Movie #327 Rush Hour

(1998, US, d. Brett Ratner)

Recently, I’ve been given the rare opportunity to film a student film at Chinatown Central Square. So naturally, I had to look at all the movies that were filmed there. Apart from the Polanski classic, the first movie that comes to mind is the recent buddy comedy film Rush Hour. The thing about Rush Hour is that it is in no way unique or original. It was released in a time that would give it almost no creative advantage at the box office, yet it is the sort of film that purely succeeds based off the content. It was released during a time when buddy comedies just came and went in the theaters and apart from the unique racial casting of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, nothing would suggest this film would be any different. I have to admit, a lot of the enjoyment of this film comes from laughing at racial humor. If you’re not into that, well you’re pretty much not going to like this movie. But it does a great job of making fun at every culture while not making fun of them at all, if you know what I mean. It’s a funny film, but again – one that has succeeded for so long because it has had the heart in the first place. It is a film about friendship, across borders and racial divides. It makes its points humorously and often, but it never feels as if it doing so. Filled with action and some legitimate suspense, Rush Hour is the rare (and very good) buddy comedy to spawn an entire trilogy. Almost entirely due to the chemistry of its stars, I often wonder how this film would have turned out with anyone else in the acting credits. Probably a lot worse. But sometimes even Hollywood gets lucky.

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