Rush Hour 2

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Rush Hour 2 Movie Poster Image
Less compelling than the first, but fun for fans.
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 90 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Violence

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

Sex

Mild sexual references; visit to massage parlor.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mild.

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 byaidans1 August 5, 2015
Adult Written byAshnak April 9, 2008

Martial Arts Comedy Action

They should not have made this sequel.
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

TERRRIBLE! WASTE OF TIME!

THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST MOVIES I EVER SAW. It's filled with too much vls (violence, language, sex) to be enjoyable. RH1 was a LOT better.
Teen, 17 years old Written byusherrocksworld3 November 20, 2010

PG-13!

a good movie but too violent for lil kids well its not scary but has some great action and i love thiz movie PG-13 aproxamately

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.

Movie details

For kids who love action

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