Jackie Chan looks spiffy in The Tuxedo
, but the movie needs a tailor. No Jackie Chan movie could be a total misfire, however, and he's charmingly self-effacing here as a hapless chauffeur who inadvertently replaces his injured super-agent boss (Jason Issacs) and foils a madman (Ritchie Coster) who plans to infect the world's water supply and reap a fortune selling pure bottled water. Jackie's a bumbling superhero after donning his boss's high-tech, Inspector Gadget-like tuxedo (it even has a "Mambo" setting), and curvaceous co-agent Jennifer Love Hewitt coaches him in crime fighting while closing in on the bad guys. It's all as routinely ridiculous as it sounds--Jackie's faux James Brown act is the only real highlight--and as critic Roger Ebert observed, the climax hinges on an insect queen that doesn't exist in nature! So, while Jackie and Jennifer provide a few moments of stellar stunts and random amusement, you can blame this mess on screenwriters who didn't do their homework. --Jeff Shannon
This side-splitting film about a fast-driving chauffeur who unwittingly becomes a secret agent when he puts on a state-of-the-art tuxedo, showcases Chan doing the kind of moves that have delighted his fans for years. A comedy partnership is tailor-made when international action star Jackie Chan joins forces with the glamorous Jennifer Love Hewitt as they battle against evil villains in a dangerous world of international espionage. The main character is a super tux, made by world-renowned Giorgio Armani, that includes amazing in-built gadgetry enabling the wearer to run faster, perform martial arts, woo women and sing and dance better than anyone else. When Jimmy Tong (Chan) slips it on, the formal world of black tie is transformed into comedy mayhem as the tux takes control.
With a cameo performance from the Godfather of Soul James Brown, who Chan has to replace on stage after accidentally knocking him out, The Tuxedo provides entertainment for not only kung fu fans, but also for lovers of slap stick comedy, music, dance and secret service dramas.