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The Tuxedo

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Jackie Chan, The Tuxedo
The Tuxedo: George Kraychyk

The Tuxedo

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
99 minutes
Wide Release Date:
09/27/02
performer:
Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, James Brown, Ritchie Coster, Jason Isaacs, Larissa Laskin, Debi Mazar, Peter Stormare
director:
Kevin Donovan
author:
Phil Hay, Michael Leeson
genre:
Comedy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

The premise of The Tuxedo: Jackie Chan’s cabbie-turned-chauffeur turns superspy when he dons his Bondian boss’ tux. But the fully loaded formalwear is just another high-concept ruse to fuse his regular-guy charm and wicked martial artistry. The film has its cute moments, but the convoluted mission, which involves foiling a plan to poison the nation’s water supply, bogs things down.

Jennifer Love Hewitt, meanwhile, gets lost in her character’s inconsistency — first she’s a brainy evidence analyst, then a sexed-up field agent, then a dateless dork. In the end, nothing about this ”Tuxedo” quite fits.