Jimmy Tong is a bumbling New York City cab driver who is hired to be the chauffeur for a mysterious man named Clark Devlin. When Devlin is hospitalized, Jimmy takes over his covert mission for the United States government. To do so, Jimmy inherits Devlin's super-powered tuxedo, which enables him with supernatural combat skills.
The tired and tiring "Tuxedo" features Jackie Chan as Jimmy Tong, a taxi driver who is recruited by a secret government agency to chauffeur the superspy Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs). When Devlin is sidelined after an assassination attempt, Jimmy slips into the master spy's tuxedo. The rest of the film is about stopping a plot by the mad bottled-water magnate Diedrich Banning (Richie Coster), who plans to release a dehydrating bacteria into the water supply; it reduces the consumer to a pile of dust. Then, Banning will control the only safe, drinkable water. "The Tuxedo" may have been tailored just for Mr. Chan, but it still feels like off-the-rack garb. And by now, this gifted physical comedian deserves much better than a hand-me-down suit that smells like a rental. — Elvis Mitchell
2002-09-27 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of The Tuxedo