The Tuxedo

  • Review Date: April 28, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A cute idea, miserably executed.
  • Review Date: April 28, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

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What parents need to know

Violence

Comic peril and action violence.

Sex

Some crude sexual humor, woman uses sex to gain advantage.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has crude humor and gross violence. There are some vulgar sexual references. Characters drink and smoke (there is an anti-smoking joke). Del uses her cleavage to get past a security guard, and both spies pretend to romance people to find out what they are hiding.

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Kids say

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What's the story?

THE TUXEDO stars Jackie Chan as Jimmy Tong, a guy who knows nothing about kick-boxing but drives very, very fast. He ends up as a chauffeur for a James Bond-style spy named Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs). When the spy is injured, Jimmy puts on Devlin's tuxedo, a high-tech wonder that gives its wearer the power to defy gravity, sing and dance to soul music, and, oh yes, fight. Devlin's new partner is Del (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a newbie out to prove herself. She thinks Jimmy is Devlin, so the two of them go off to save the world from a deranged wacko who wants to control the world's drinkable water supply.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The bad guy in this movie may be evil, but he doesn't do nearly as much damage to Jackie Chan as the script does. It's a cute idea, miserably executed. Too much time is spent on everything except what Chan is really good at, and when we finally get down to the fight scenes, they are nowhere near his usual standard, except for one brief moment when, wearing only the tuxedo pants and not the jacket, only his legs "know" how to fight.

The plot is even dumber than most of these things, the attempts at humor are far below average, and there is no spark at all between Chan and Hewitt. The usual outtakes at the end show us one supposedly funny moment that perhaps reveals more of the reason for the lack of chemistry on screen than they intended. The movie is too gross for kids and too uninteresting for anyone else.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different kinds of courage. Jimmy is very brave about some things but not about others. What are you brave about? What do you find harder to be brave about?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 27, 2002
DVD release date:February 25, 2003
Cast:Debi Mazar, Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt
Director:Kevin Donovan
Studio:DreamWorks
Genre:Comedy
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:action violence, sexual references, and language

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Parent of a 17 year old Written bysdwqasswdsed June 11, 2010
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not for an age like 14
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bytommysportsgirl April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Offensive to women!

A woman uses her body more than once to get what she wants (information and entrance to the party). This is just sad.
Parent Written byPlague March 15, 2010
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10
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The Tuxedo

It was watchable, but I didnt enjoy it.

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