Rush Hour 3

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Just like the first two, but in Paris.
  • PG-13
  • 2007
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 31 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Carter's comic shtick is relentlessly offensive; the film makes fun of both French characters and anti-French rhetoric; Chinese Triads (gangs) are endlessly brutal, cops are inept, Lee is noble. Cultural differences are repeatedly used as the basis of jokes.


Repeated fights involving Lee, Carter, and Kenji (as well as Triad thugs in suits) feature hard-hitting, imaginative stunts, as well as shooting. Ambassador is shot at the film's start (body down and bloody chest), which leads to chaos and an urban chase scene with lots of falling, jumping, fighting, and some gunfire. Shootouts (in streets, hospital, nightclub) feature shattered glass, bodies flying and colliding, and bloody faces (a couple of villains fall dead). Carter threatens several others with his gun. A car explodes. George extols the thrills of "being an American" -- that is, committing senseless violence. Soo Yung is tied up and dangled from the Eiffel Tower; an extended fight sequence "on" the Eiffel Tower (courtesy of special effects) shows frequent near-falls and falls.


Carter makes frequent sexual references; in one scene, he grabs his crotch. Close-up shots of women's bottoms and cleavage. French detective puts on rubber glove for anal probe (afterwards, Carter and Lee walk uncomfortably). Genevieve wears lots of revealing costumes. Jasmine's fight with Lee sounds like rowdy sex to Carter, who encourages his friend to "Tear that ass up!" While pretending to be a costume designer, Carter orders dancers to strip to their thongs (nakedness implied, no nipples shown). Carter describes his desire for sex with Genevieve crudely ("butter you like a slice of Wonder Bread") and in one scene gets into bed with her (his bare chest visible; she's in lingerie; he says, "My nipples are sensitive").


Variations on "s--t," "damn," "hell," and "ass," plus several insinuations of "f--k" (with "mother-"), but it's not said outright. A nun translating a French interrogation scene says the villain uses the "N" word several times, as well as the "H" word and the "W" word (both refer to "whore"), and "the word that rhymes with 'faggot.'" Carter says "hairy stinking balls."


Genevieve is a model (her image appears on billboards). References to Ex-Lax, Poco Loco restaurants, Wonder Bread, Red Bull.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

George smokes cigarettes. Bar scenes show customers smoking and drinking liquor.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this third installment in the Rush Hour franchise is a lot like the first two. It's got lots of extremely boisterous comic violence, with a mix of martial arts, slapstick, and shoot-'em-up aesthetics that sometimes leads to bloodied faces and painfully twisted bodies. Motor-mouthed co-star Chris Tucker's brand of verbal comedy includes plenty of sexual references and dicey language that seems designed to get around the PG-13 rating (for example: referring to, but not saying, the "N" word and cutting off "motherf--" before it's finished). A French detective conducts anal probes of Carter and Lee when they arrive in Paris (off-screen), leaving them in some visible pain. Supporting characters smoke cigarettes and drink, and a brief, unconsummated sex scene shows Carter in bed (naked chest) with a woman in her bra and panties. Frequent language includes variations on "s--t," "damn," and "ass."

User Reviews

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

Not that terrible, actually!

R: intense action violence, suggestive images, sex and some language
Adult Written byAidan S. August 5, 2015
Teen, 16 years old Written byJiminyBillyBob23 March 21, 2021

Just as good as the first!!!

Really funny! Its a really good movie, not bad violence at all just at least 20 s words and a couple of other swears and no sex or nudity! Great film! I say 12...
Kid, 10 years old July 9, 2020

What's the story?

Like the original Rush Hour, RUSH HOUR 3 finds perennial LAPD muck-up Carter (Chris Tucker) joining forces with Chinese Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan), even though they're barely able to understand each another. This time, following the shooting of Ambassador Han (Tzi Ma, who was also in the first film), the guys make their way to Paris, a stronghold for Chinese Triad gangs. Supposedly there to protect World Criminal Court chief General Reynard (Max von Sydow), the duo indulges in one raucous scene after another. Not incidentally, they also end up saving two beautiful women, Han's daughter Soo Yung (Jingchu Zhang) and model-singer-gambler Genevieve (Noémie Lenoir). The action is non-stop and includes several urban chase scenes, martial arts slapstick (one pits Carter and Lee against real-life 7'9" basketball player Sun Ming Ming, here a lumbering bodyguard), and shootouts in a hospital and a nightclub. Both characters embody Carter's generally anti-French sentiments (when he meets an "Asian" who speaks French, he instructs, "Stop humiliating yourself!"). Initially dismissive of Yankees ("You lost in Vietnam, you lost in Iraq," he sniffs), George is soon won over by Carter and Lee's thrilling chaos in the form of the car chases and guns.

Is it any good?

Rush Hour 3 doesn't swerve from director Brett Ratner's now-trite formula: The buddies fight, bond, trade japes, rescue beautiful women, and fight off expert killers. In the original Rush Hour, the jokes about cultural ignorance were obvious, but the charismatic players brought different skills to the movie: Chan the inventive martial artist and Tucker the motor mouth. Two films later, the combination is tired; unfortunately but not unexpectedly, the best material (once again) appears in the outtakes at the end.

In once scene, George says, he knows what it means to be an American: to "kill people for no reason." Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but compared to the rest of the film's relentless repetitions -- the fights, stunts, and jokes all start to blend together -- George at least emerges as a character with an arc. Everyone else appears to be running, jumping, and screaming in place.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lee and Carter's loyal, cross-cultural friendship. Why is so much of the movie's humor based on differences in characters' cultures and backgrounds? Is Carter's ignorance really funny, or do the jokes seem forced? Why? How does this movie compare to the first two? Does the series' "formula" still work? What changes would you make if you were the director? Families can also discuss how the film represents women -- what roles do Soo Yung, Genevieve, and Jasmine fill?

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