Rush Hour 2 Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Hoping for a one-two punch at the box office, Jackie Chan returns in the Rush Hour franchise as Hong Kong Police Detective Lee along with comedic sidekick Chris Tucker reprising his role as Detective Carter from the LAPD.
Joining Lee in Hong Kong for a little “R&R,” Carter’s frequent requests to be shown a good time and find some “mu shu” (meaning women) are put on a slow boat when Lee is commandeered to investigate the bombing of the US Consulate in Hong Kong. Wisely, Lee decides to keep the situation to himself while taking his motor-mouth friend to the city’s hot spots.
Attempting to quietly look for clues while Carter has fun, Lee soon discovers his know-it-all companion isn’t the type to sit back and relax. Forced to confess his real motives, Lee is provided with plenty of opportunities to use his fighting skills after Mr. LAPD moves in like a bull in China and ruffles the silk of HK’s gang lords—along with stomping on their notebook computers. Uncovering a major scam for laundering high quality counterfeit bills, Lee and Carter follow the fake fortune from Asia to LA and finally Vegas where the cookie really crumbles.
Despite the fact he’s nearing fifty, Chan continues to provide “wow” moments in the many stunts included in this movie. His trademark humility and easy-going presence is emphasized next to Tucker’s obnoxious character, providing a positive role model for dealing with a difficult person—although it would take a performer with acting abilities far beyond Chan’s to make us believe he’s really broken up after a bomb appears to have taken Carter’s life.
In addition to the obvious underlying violence found in any Chan movie, organized crime, sexual massage parlors (with women wearing little clothing), and Tucker’s frequent profanity, may be reason enough for parents to want to avoid Rush Hour 2. While not gory or explicit, the demonstrated martial arts moves, gun play, and knifing could offer a multitude of ideas for impressionable minds to mimic, and does little to portray resolving conflict without violence.Starring Jackie Chan Chris Tucker. Running time: 91 minutes. Theatrical release August 3, 2001. Updated July 17, 2017
Rush Hour 2
Rating & Content Info
Why is Rush Hour 2 rated PG-13? Rush Hour 2 is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for action violence, language and some sexual material.
Funnier and more engaging than the original Rush Hour, Jackie Chan’s comedic antics and stunt skills are overshadowed by his annoying co-star’s often profane remarks along with the resulting violence that is inevitable in any film featuring this martial arts hero. Parents concerned about children mimicking on screen action (violence) should be especially cautious, along with those who are sensitive to portrayals of a sexually oriented massage parlor or gambling.
Windows on building explode after bomb detonates. Several men fall from scaffolding on building. Men punch and kick each other. Woman hits man with pole. Man takes another man’s notebook computer and smashes it. Men start fight that includes great deal of kicking and throwing people around. Man tries to choke another man. Bomb explodes. Live chicken vendor is about to chop off chicken’s head. Man tries to kill another man. Woman shoots man. Man begins martial arts style combat fight with half-dozen other men. Woman kicks man twice. Men kick down door. Two men panic when they believe they are holding a bomb. Two men have brief martial arts encounter. Woman hits man over head with gun, kicks man, slaps man, and again hits man over the back of head. Woman throws knife at another woman while she’s eating an apple—the knife sticks into the apple. Two men punch and kick two other men. Man kicks and punches two men, eventually putting them into garbage bin. Man begins martial arts style battle with security guards. Woman puts small grenade into man’s mouth and threatens to explode grenade using remote control. Martial arts fight involving several men and two women. Gunshots fired into crowd. Two women fight, one has gun she eventually uses to shoot the other. Another bomb explodes. Man and woman fight, punching and kicking each other—at one point it’s evident she’s holding knife. Man stabs another man, after which we see knife (with some blood) sticking out of dead man’s chest. Man aims gun at another man. Man falls through large glass window onto street below. Bomb explodes, obviously killing at least one woman. Two men dangle on cable above city traffic… after falling to the street they are nearly struck by large truck and other moving vehicles. During outtakes in closing credits we see Jackie Chan attempting movie stunts that sometimes failed, leaving Chan in obvious physical pain.
Sexual Content: C-
English speaking man, attempting to speak Chinese, inadvertently asks woman to get naked. Men go to massage parlor and are presented with bevy of barely-clad women to select from. Woman adjusts breasts while wearing halter-like top. Women, wearing small amounts of clothing, massage men. During marstial arts style fight in massage parlor, man wearing towel is accidentally disrobed. His attacker, after looking at his nude body says, “No wonder you’re mad”—we see the man naked from rear. Two men forced out of car on freeway, neither of them are clothed—we momentarily see them from a distance. Man admires woman in cleavage revealing dress. While watching from another building, two men observe woman near window undress to bra and panties. Woman opens housecoat revealing bra-covered breasts while speaking with two men who gaze longingly. Man talks about having someone cut off his egg roll (remark intended to be taken sexually). Male character portrayed with overt homosexual tendencies. During outtakes in closing credits man makes sexual comments toward another man.
Note that some dialogue was difficult to hear and also included some Chinese that, while subtitled, may contain offensive terms unknown to us. Otherwise, we counted at least: 9 moderate profanities, 40 mild profanities, and 5 terms of Deity used as expletives/profanities.
Alcohol / Drug Use: B
People seen drinking in bar. Two characters shown smoking cigarettes. Man says his friend is very drunk.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
Rush Hour 2 Parents' Guide
Talk about the movie with your family…
Most of the violence in Jackie Chan movies involves martial arts routines that are precisely choreographed and rehearsed time and time again (as seen in the outtakes that usually accompany his films). Parents may want to discuss this with children who may try and mimic the action seen in these movies.
For a biography of Jackie Chan, check Biography.com by clicking this link: www.biography.com/cgi-bin/frameit.cgi?p=http%3A//search.biography.com/print_record.pl?id=23013”
The most recent home video release of Rush Hour 2 movie is December 11, 2001. Here are some details…
- Commentary by director Brett Ratner
- Making Magic Out Of Mire - A look at Brett Ratner
- Lady Luck - Early Brett Ratner student film
- Deleted footage and outtakes
- Evolution Of A Scene
- Fashion of Rush Hour 2
- Visual effects deconstruction
- Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong introduction
- Culture Clash: West meets East
- Language Barrier
- Attaining International Stardom
- Kung Fu Choreography
- Fact track
- Script to screen
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Although we can’t wholly recommend them for family viewing, you may want to check two other Jackie Chan movies we’ve reviewed: Shanghai Noon and the first Rush Hour.