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Rush Hour 3

The first two Rush Hour films are guilty pleasures, and so is the third film.

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A black guy and an Asian guy go to Paris ... No, this isn't an old racist joke. It's the plot of the latest installment in the familiar, but surprisingly exciting Chris Tucker/Jackie Chan buddy-cop series, directed, as always, by Brett Ratner. The jokes, the plot and most of the action sequences are recycled from the first two films, but the film moves quickly. Its fast pace -- and Tucker's lip-service -- helps you overlook the plot problems and the predictable final battle atop the Eiffel Tower. French actor Yvan Attal is a scene-stealer portraying an American-hating cab driver who begins to long for good old gratuitous American violence. The first two Rush Hour films are guilty pleasures, and so is the third film; you're not sure why, but it's fun and has some laughs. And for a late-summer movie, that's probably the best any of us can hope for.

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