Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Hello Couchers, and welcome to the January 18th edition of Tuesday Couch Potatoes. Sorry for the late post, this blogger was feeling under the weather yesterday. I am still feeling a little groggy and light-headed but I have to write this one. So let's get started, shall we?
This week's theme is Surprisingly Nice! We often hear of our friends describing a bad movie that they saw which they thought really bad and wasn't worth their time and money but then, when you watched it, just to satisfy your curiosity, turned out to be a good one. This theme is for that kind of movie.
My pick will be, The Tuxedo, a 2002 comedy-action film staring Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt. It is a spy spoof that involves a tuxedo that gives its wearer special abilities. I would agree that the script was written very badly and that this was one of Chan's worst movies but he and Hewitt got charm and Chan's moves, while donning the tuxedo, are just to watch for. It turned out to be a very entertaining watch for me, what with the good humor, the action and the hint of romance between Jimmy (Chan) and Del (Hewitt).
Synopsis: 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 (Rotten Tomatoes website) 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...
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