Time Out says
Belle (Latifah) drives a souped-up taxi and dreams of becoming a racing driver. Instead, she ends up playing chauffeur to disgraced cop Andy Washburn (Fallon), who drives like a man in need of a white stick. Together they chase the gorgeous gang of BMW-driving bank robbers led by leggy Brazilian überbabe Vanessa (supermodel Gisele Bündchen). Handily, Belle speaks the thieves’ lingo, because – wait for it – she used to deliver for a Portuguese takeaway. Convinced? You won’t be.
The Luc Besson-scripted original mixed exciting, expertly staged car chases with perfunctory characterisation and dialogue, the former compensating in part for the latter. This remake doesn’t even manage that: the obvious use of blue screen undercuts any sense of jeopardy or excitement, since we never believe Belle and Washburn are actually in a moving vehicle.
Despite scene-stealing supporting roles in ‘Living Out Loud’ and ‘Chicago’, the multi-talented Latifah falls flat on her beautiful face; the charisma-free Fallon may regret leaving ‘SNL’; and Ann-Margret’s cameo as Fallon’s Margarita-muddled mother is both sad and embarrassing. In one pitifully unfunny scene, Latifah and Fallon accidentally inhale laughing gas. It would take a tankerload of laughing gas to pump some humour into this flat-tyred fiasco.
- Release date:Friday 19 November 2004
- Duration:97 mins
Cast and crew
- Director:Tim Story
- Screenwriter:Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Jim Kouf
- Queen Latifah
- Jimmy Fallon
- Henry Simmons
- Jennifer Esposito
- Gisele Bundchen
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