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22 out of 29 people found the following review useful:

Good time at the movies (w/plot summary)

Author: Matthew Comer from New Kensington, PA USA
20 February 2001

Plot summary: Franklin Hatchett (Tucker) is a small time con man who instantly becomes famous (or infamous depending on how you look at it) after he escapes from prison. Mistakenly wanted for murder by the police and wanted for robbery by a gang of crooks, Hatchett's only hope to clear his name and get out of this mess is a television reporter named James Russell (Sheen).

This movie was just a good time. After seeing Rush Hour with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, I wanted to go back and see earlier comedies with Chris Tucker in a starring role. (I already saw Dead Presidents, The 5th Element and Friday, but they either weren't comedies or he wasn't a starring character.)

Again, this movie was a good time. It doesn't deserve to win any awards, but it's just fun to watch. The entire cast offers great performances, while it's always good to see Paul Sorvino perform. While Tucker's character isn't exactly the nicest guy, the audience feels bad for him. The audience is made to feel that he does what he does because he has to. In his situation, I don't think many people would do otherwise. While he does take things to extremes, the movie wouldn't be as fun if he didn't.

I would recommend this movie to any comedy fan, "buddy movie" fan or fan of the actors.

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27 out of 44 people found the following review useful:


Author: Jerry Smith from USA
2 June 2002

Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen are excellent and hilarious in this great movie. Almost all of the jokes that Chris Tucker made I laughed at. He proved once again, after Friday fame, that he is a great comic. Charlie sheen does really good in this one, too.

Overall the whole movie is a great comedic flick and I definitely, definitely recommend this to the average person. Rating 10 out of 10.

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Chris Tucker + Charlie Sheen = Brilliant

Author: Lahhlay M from Canada
24 June 2009

A Classic Action Comedy. This in my opinion is Chris Tucker at his best. From the opening scene to the end, Chris Tucker is hilarious. From the funny looking hair cut to the cussing and singing, he reminds you of Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop. Charlie Sheen also does an impressive job. The action scenes are not spectacular, but it does a good job.

Money talks is a good blend of Guns/Explosions and laughter. If your a fan of 48 Hours, Nothing To Lose or any other Action Comedy, Money talks is a must see.


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Chris Tucker and Paul Sorvino should have had more scenes together

Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA
3 October 2007

The movie that made director Brett Ratner a recognizable name is mostly another white-yuppie-and-black-ghetto-guy-have-to-join-up kind of story (summer 1997 also saw the release of the Tim Robbins-Martin Lawrence buddy comedy "Nothing to Lose"). But as far as I'm concerned, Chris Tucker - who earlier that summer had starred in "The Fifth Element" - is always funny enough to merit at least some recognition; and anyway, this sort of flick is supposed to be silly. While Charlie Sheen is far less entertaining in his role, Paul Sorvino played such an interesting character that I agreed with one of my friends that he and Chris Tucker should have gotten more scenes together. Truth be told, I'd actually never heard of Vic Damone until I saw this movie.

OK, so maybe we could be cynical and say that Chris Tucker just gets the same role in every movie. I still consider him funny, and I wish to assert that "Money Talks" is good for a few laughs. Worth seeing if only for that.

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15 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

Chris Tucker is a joy to see

Author: lilred_32805 from Florida, US
26 January 2002

Chris Tucker is brilliant in Money Talks. He is definitely a crowd pleaser and has made a name for himself. His fast talking clever ways of getting him in and out of trouble are very amusing. In this movie he manages to outsmart the bad guys, which I love to see. He is just hilarious, and the funniest man in the world! I love his movies, and in this movie people get to see what they love, pure Tucker at his best of high-pitched motor mouth ways. I love his Scarface impression, it shows his comedic talents. It is definitely time for Tucker to take over where Eddie Murphy left off. Hail the new King of Comedy!!

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

This funny, lively, often violent action comedy is well done.

Author: Lucien Lessard from Canada
2 May 2007

A low-level smooth talking hustler by the name of Franlin Hatchet (Chris Tucker) is on the run from the police, after a jailbreak. Which he is falsely accused of planning a violent jailbreak. Now the whole city is on his trail and the only one, who could clear his name is an ambitious television reporter James Russell (Charlie Sheen). Which is the only reason why Franklin was sent to prison, because of James. Now together, they find each other mixed-up with cops, crooks and euro-trash bad guys. Which Franklin knows that the man (Gerard Ismael) was chained-up with in the bus. He was trying to retrieve a fortune in diamonds.

Directed by Brett Rather (Rush Hour Trilogy, X-Men 3:The Last Stand, Red Dragon) made an highly entertaining comedy with enough thrills and humour. Although the premise is familiar but Tucker's energetic comical performance makes this worth watching.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer (also in Pan & Scan) and an strong-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD includes the original theatrical trailer, cast information and star highlights by Tucker and Sheen. After the box office success of this film, Tucker went on the one of the leads of the "Rush Hour" movies. Paul Sorvino is amusingly cast as Russell's future father-in-law. Written by Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow. Which they wrote films together like "Garfield", "Garfield:A Tale of Two Kitties" and "Toy Story". Tucker also executive produced the film. Super 35. (****/*****).

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15 out of 28 people found the following review useful:

Even better than Rush Hour

Author: billu42 from Sydney, Australia
2 June 2004

Brett Ratner the director of this movie & other movies such as "Red Dragon & Rush hour 1,2 & now also making part 3, delivers his best directing performance i think. Money talks probably didn't get as big as Rush hour because of the fact there is a lot of swearing throughout this movie, which makes it even more hilarious. Chris Tucker & Charlie Sheen make a good team together, If you like Rush Hour, Friday, 48 Hours, Starsky & Hutch & Lethal Weapon 4 then you'll love this movie. Chris Tucker is a crack up throughout the movie, while Charlie Sheen is good in being serious yet still funny. I rate this movie a 9 / 10, i recommend this movie to any Chris Tucker fans or a good movie to watch with a group of friends.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

People Should Talk...Through This Film.

Author: Python Hyena from Canada
10 September 2015

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Money Talks (1997): Dir: Brett Ratner / Cast: Chris Tucker, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Elise Neal, Paul Sorvino: Standard comedy about the trouble that results when influenced by greed and money. Charlie Sheen plays a reporter who is trying to reveal con artist Chris Tucker. Tucker escapes police custody when the transporting bus explodes and several cops are killed. Tucker is blamed and a manhunt begins. Sheen, looking for the ultimate story, uncovers the real story thus landing him in alignment with Tucker. Typical formula with a climax to match although production pays off during the stadium sequence. Story functions around Tucker's wild antics and unnecessary elements such as Sheen's engagement to Heather Locklear. Director Brett Ratner handles the action with decent production. This is more or less a stage for Tucker's antics but he and Sheen collaborate very well. Locklear is never involved in the plot. She is simply a prop for Tucker to make some sort of embarrassing impression upon during a public event. It might have been practical had Sheen's character not been involved with anyone thus sparing viewers a lame subplot. Paul Sorvino plays Locklear's father and even that role isn't worth him even showing up for auditions for. While the film is well made technically, money is all talk in advertising this mediocre action film. Score: 3 / 10

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A Classic 90's Comedy

Author: adonis98-743-186503 from Greece
25 September 2017

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Sought by police and criminals, a small-time huckster makes a deal with a TV newsman for protection. Money Talks finds actors Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen at their best with no doubt especially Tucker has some freaking hilarious lines and the 3rd act is full action with grenades, thugs, weapons and all hell breaks loose no doubt. The film also packs great music such as You're the First, The Last, My Everything Performed by Barry White. The film is action packed, it's hilarious and above all it finds both it's stars and the director at their best and sure as hell you don't want to miss it. I'll give Money Talks a A+ it's without a great great action comedy.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Money shouts would have been a better title.....

Author: FlashCallahan from Leicester, United Kingdom
19 February 2017

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Sought by police and criminals, a small-time hustler makes a deal with a TV newsman for protection....

You have to love David O' Russell, he gave Tucker a new lease of life, and with Silver Linings Playbook, it proved that Tucker wasn't the living, breathing doppelganger of Jar Jar Binks..

But this film is the absolute pits, and consists of nothing more than Tucker trying to upstage everyone who shares the screen with him, by shouting at the top of his voice and thinking that profanity is the height of good humour.

Ratner must have thought that Tucker was the new Eddie Murphy, but where them two have similarities, they are both men, at least Murphy showed restraint in his performances, that's why he was so successful in the eighties.

But to have to tolerate a film rather than let it entertain you is an ordeal, and it doesn't help that actors like Sheen and Sorvino look thoroughly embarrassed to be in this film.

The script is full of awful stereotypes that would even put British seventies sitcoms to shame, and the whole film has an air of misogyny running through its slimy back.

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