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The Tuxedo (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: October 2, 2002
CAP Score: 47
CAP Influence Density: 1.15
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THE TUXEDO (PG-13) -- All in all a fun flick. But. Yes, there always seems to be a "but..."
Production: Blue Train Productions, DreamWorks SKG, Vanguard Films Production
Distribution: DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Director(s): Kevin Donovan
Producer(s): William S. Beasley, Willie Chan, David Coatsworth, Laurie MacDonald, Brandi McDougall Neuwirth, Walter F. Parkes, Adam Schroeder, Solon So, John H. Williams
Written by/Screenplay: Story: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Michael J. Wilson. Screenplay: Michael J. Wilson, Michael Leeson
Cinematography/Camera: Stephen F. Windon
Music: Christophe Beck, John Debney
Film Editing: Craig Herring
Casting: Lisa Beach, Robin D. Cook
Production Design: Paul D. Austerberry, Monte Hallis
Art Direction: Nigel Churcher
Our story opens with a timid woodland creature, a deer, urinating into a mountain stream. The only reason or this I can think of is that act reminds us of what feeds the mountain stream water we drink in bottled water.
Jimmy tong (Jackie Chan) is quite happy in his rewarding job as a taxi cab driver -- until he meets Steena (Debi Mazar). Steena has heard of Jimmies driving talents and tells him to demonstrate them as she applies makeup in the back of his cab. After a few two-wheel turns and a number of times all four wheels are in the air, Steena hires Jimmy as the new chauffeur of Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs), a wealthy industrialist and millionaire secret agent. For a few character/plot building moments of Tong and Devlin getting to know each other, Devlin as a shut-up and listen boss with a heart and Tong as a compliant and humble employee of a rich man, Devlin explains with extra emphasis that Tong is not to touch his one special tuxedo.
In one of his first days as Devlin's chauffeur, Jimmy's talents behind the wheel are tested to the max as two would-be assassins send a skateboard bomb after Devlin in his limousine. Devlin is left comatose. With Devlin in the hospital Jimmy is left to continue as Devlin's employee with no boss. As Jimmy noses around Devlin's residence, curiosity wins and Jimmy dons the special tux. And finds out much to his chagrin why the tux is special.
After being tossed around a little by the tux, Jimmy answered a call on Devlin's phone. The caller, rookie co-agent Delilah 'Del' Blaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt), who has never met Devlin, was trying to set up a meeting between her and the legendary Devlin to thwart the dastardly plot of evil villain, Diedrich Banning (Ritchie Coster) to poison the world's water supply so that world would have to rely on his bottled water business. People literally fall to pieces from dehydration when they drink Banning's contaminated water.
What follows is a parody of 007/Bond haps and mishaps. Episode after episode, Jimmy discovers that which the tux is capable as he masquerades as Devlin with Del at his side, awing the great "Devlin" in action. that is some suit! It can make the wearer a singer, dancer, martial arts expert, super fast and many other things. Each of which is displayed as Jimmy and Del bounce around the city and the bad guy's territory fighting for truth, justice and the American way.
Quite comedic *The Tuxedo* is at times. Chan's natural charm and expert timing aid in the positive features of this movie. Hewitt, though second to Chan, is a challenge to Chan's natural comedic presence. She has fun with the spoiled brat with an attitude image very well. All in all a fun flick. But. Yes, there always seems to be a "but..." It is a PG-13.
Ten uses of the 3/4 letter word vocabulary. And one use of the most foul of the foul words just had to be added. [Prov. 22:11, Eph. 5:4] God's name in vain is used 8 times but each without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. A graphic drowning murder. Murder by bacterial contamination. Murder by rifle. Attempted choking murder. Assaults. Long martial arts sequences. Reckless driving with reckless endangerment for gain. [Ps. 11:5, Gal. 5:21, Rev. 22:14-15] Sex games with talk [Rev. 22:14-15]. Sexual invitation. Excessive cleavage. Inappropriate touch. [Gal. 5:19] And more. Enough to earn this movie an R-13 label. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted.
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Offense to God (O)(2):
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