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Rush Hour

“Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?”

The movie Rush Hour premiered on September 18, 1998, and it was followed by two other sequels. Recently Jackie Chan posted on social media that Rush Hour 4 is in process. Brett Ratner directed the original movie, and the producers and writers were Arthur M. Sarkissian, Jonathan Glickman, Ross LaManna, and Jim Kouf

Rush Hour is a one-of-a-kind movie. The comedy is awesome, and the fact that you have Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker working together is unbelievable. They have such great chemistry with each other in real life, and the relationship they have makes the movie so better. Rush Hour has comedy, action, and thrills, and it has a little something for everyone to enjoy. 

In the beginning of the film, the Chinese Consul Han (Tzi Ma) has a daughter named Soo Yung (Zhang Jingchu) who is kidnapped, just before going to school, by a criminal named Sang (Ken Leung). Once Han finds out about the crime, he immediately calls his close friend, Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) to finalize the case with the FBI. 

Detective Lee ends up partnering up with an LAPD Detective named James Carter (Tucker). The funny thing is that Detective Carter has been tricked into babysitting Lee as a punishment, but he later finds out the truth and gets involved in the case as well. 

I had previously heard about this movie, and the other movies in the series, but I never watched them until I saw them on Netflix. Then I watched all three in the series and I was blown away. 

When I watched the first movie, it was honestly hilarious and iconic, especially when Carter and Lee first meet each other, which is a classic scene. The most famous moment is when Detective Carter asks, “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” Even in real life, that’s how they truly met, not understanding the words that they were saying to each other.

I enjoy how they cast and directed the movie. Even though it is a crime fiction story, most of the time you will be laughing out loud. We also get to see how both Carter and Lee change over the course of the story. 

Carter is more of a cool guy, who is very loud and proud of himself. He is reckless, he shows off and he makes sure that people know how good he is. One of the best things about Carter is how funny he is, but sometimes he makes things too complicated. 

Lee is the opposite of Carter, as he’s very serious and responsible about his job and life. He isn’t into the partying life, but sometimes when he’s with Carter, he will let loose a little bit, but only after he is in a serious mood. 

The best fighting scene happens in a restaurant between Sang’s men and Detective Carter and Lee, and the funniest scene is definitely when Carter and Lee are comparing how good and famous they each are in their home towns. But the best and only song that will never change is when Lee is singing the song “War” by Edwin Starr in Carter’s car. 

The best thing about Rush Hour is that there are two other  movies in the series, and there is another one coming soon! If you like what you’ve just read, you should consider watching Rush Hour! It’s available now on most streaming platforms, and I also recommend watching Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3.

About the Contributor
Erica Hovanesian, Spotlight Editor
Erica is a sophomore at Glendale High School, and she is a part of the JV girls soccer team. This is her second year as a member of the journalism class, and she is hoping to continue this class through her senior year. Some of the hobbies are playing sports, such as soccer and swimming, reading, listening to music, and crocheting.
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