By William Keck and Clarissa Cruz
Updated August 16, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Explosive car chases, gravity-defying stunts, gratuitous sex…and high-minded musical references to classic cinema? Yes, XXX has something for everyone — especially for fans of The Fast and the Furious star Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen. Here’s a rundown. (And no, we still don’t understand the significance of Diesel’s shaggy pimp parka.)

— TRIPLE EXTINGUISH Diesel’s Xander rejects one deadly habit, sneering after he offs a bad guy mid-smoke: ”I told him cigarettes would kill him someday.” Says Cohen, ”I’m a vehement nonsmoker. I wanted to give kids a hero that said smoking a cigarette is going to kill you.” But Xander’s driving off a bridge is perfectly safe?

— AUTHORIZED VANDALISM When Xander and Marton Csokas’ bad guy Yorgi riff about cheese during a nightclub scene, the dialogue is lifted from the Vandals’ 1989 song ”Anarchy Burger (Hold the Government).” ”Xander and Yorgi have tuned in to the same musical ideas,” explains Cohen, who secured permission to use the punk band’s lyrics in the film.

— WHO’S ON THIRD? Just before Xander meets Yorgi in a bar, the soundtrack pipes in the zither theme from 1949’s classic The Third Man, starring Orson Welles in postwar Vienna. (Never mind that XXX takes place in Prague.) Why the homage? Says Cohen, ”I thought this was a terrific spirit guide for a story about an American antihero wandering around in a European city that he finds very foreign, beautiful, and dangerous.” (Adds Diesel: ”My grandmother loved The Third Man.”)

— SEQUEL RIGHTS Plans are already afoot for XXX2, which could shoot as soon as 2003 with Diesel reportedly commanding a $20 million salary. Samuel L. Jackson’s spy boss Gibbons is also expected to return, along with an expanded role for rapper Eve. ”We’ll find out why Gibbons’ face is scarred,” says Cohen, who predicts that the sequel will be set in southeast Asia and include a ”big surprise twist” ending.

XXX

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  • Movie
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  • PG-13
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  • 124 minutes
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  • Rob Cohen

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