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Lethal Weapon 4

By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Hong Kong action plus buddy cop formula.

Movie R 1998 127 minutes
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Surprisingly, this final installment in the Lethal Weapon series is less of a tired retread than the second and third films. Inventive action sequences replace forced sentiment and tedious slapstick, and this one is also more complex than its predecessors. It embodies both the strengths and weaknesses of a sequel: it uses familiar characters to show how people change over time, but it's also annoyingly repetitious. This movie tackles meaty issues like marriage and illegal immigration, but in the ham-fisted way that only an action film can do.

For the most part, the comedy is more foolish than mean-spirited. Regrettably, there is some racial stereotyping -- the virtues of the Chinese people are reduced to their food, martial arts, and overly ingratiating behavior. There are also the requisite homophobic jokes. Overall, this film exceeds the expectations set by its forerunners, but isn't anything more than a good action movie.

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