August 13, 2001 12:00 PM

Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone

An outtake shown during the final credits of Rush Hour 2 reprises a scene in which a bad guy plummets to his death from a high-rise building. As his body splats, Tucker, one of the action comedy’s two stars, adlibs, “He ain’t gonna be in Rush Hour 3.”

That Tucker is so confident of a third installment is testament to the winning formula of the hugely successful 1998 original: Martial arts master Chan beats all comers while motormouth Tucker provides comic commentary. In the equally mundane Rush Hour 2, the duo again play cops—Chan from Hong Kong and Tucker from L.A.—who unite to catch international evildoers.

Not that the plot matters here. Chan’s acrobatic skills and self-deprecating humor are showcased competently, but Tucker is often boorish rather than funny. As an undercover agent, sexy Roselyn Sanchez perks things up considerably, and not just because she’s in her scanties. (PG-13)

Bottom Line: Same traffic, different day

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