A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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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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?
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.
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- In theaters: September 27, 2002
- On DVD or streaming: 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
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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