Rush Hour 2

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Less compelling than the first, but fun for fans.
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 25 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Lots of action violence, not too gory; characters in peril, some killed.


Mild sexual references; visit to massage parlor.


Some strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie has a lot of action violence and comic peril. That means that the fight scenes are not very graphic. In almost cartoon-style fashion, characters get beat up badly and then are shown in the next scene without any wounds. School-age kids who see this movie may get unrealistic ideas about the consequences of fighting. The movie also has some strong language, sexual innuendo, and a massage parlor scene in which Tucker is allowed to choose from an array of girls and selects several of them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDaniel L. August 1, 2020

Better sequel but still terrible

R: action/violence with some gun-play, mild nude images, suggestive contents and language
Adult Written byAidan S. August 5, 2015
Written byAnonymous March 29, 2020

Not a kid movie and some nude

This movie was aright all except when coming to the sexy moments; like butt showing, sexy moves, and etc. I think this movie was a bit disappointing because it... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byspider man123 November 29, 2021

What's the story?

Motor-mouth L.A. cop Carter (Chris Tucker) and stoic kick-boxing Hong Kong Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) are back in this action-packed buddy sequel, which finds them in China taking on a counterfeiting operation run by a dangerous triad gang member who just happens to be Lee's nemesis. This time, the partners deal with a connection to a Las Vegas casino, a hot-blooded secret agent (Roselyn Sanchez), and a pyromaniac femme fatale (Zhang Ziyi).

Is it any good?

More like a remake of Rush Hour, this sequel has a microscopic plot that moves the story along without distracting audiences or the performers too much from the fights, explosions, and wisecracks.

The problem with any sequel to a movie like this is that by now, the characters respect and trust one another, resulting in less dramatic tension and a less compelling plot than the first film. Tucker's comic riffs and Chan's balletic fight scenes are mildly entertaining, but have a synthetic feel. High points include a fight staged in a massage parlor and the pyrotechnic contributions of Zhang Ziyi's character. Her screen presence is electric, even in Mandarin. Don Cheadle shows up for a brief scene that reminds us of what real acting looks like.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how we decide whom to trust and the risks that undercover operatives must take. They may also want to talk about the challenges of making friends with people from other cultures and the way that Carter and Lee tease each other about the differences between blacks and Asians.

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