Directed by: TIM STORY
Written by: LUC BESSON, BEN GARANT,
THOMAS LENNON, JIM KOUF
Starring: QUEEN LATIFAH, JIMMY
Released by: 20th Century Fox
lines and some great moments live up to the
fantastic trailer, but they sort of lose their
steam after about an hour.
Cop, Baaad Driver
You Really Don’t Want to Drive in New York City
has a case of Fantastic Trailer Syndrome. We adored
the trailer. Queen Latifah was hilarious, Jimmy Fallon
silly and hapless and the car crashes were sooo cool.
When we saw the entire movie, we loved the same things,
but while there were still plenty of chuckles, they
sort of lost their steam after about an hour.
Belle Williams understands the attraction of a big engine.
She starts the movie as a bike messenger (which should
tell you all you need to know), and when she gets her
own taxi medallion she tricks out her car so that it
can get from Times Square to Kennedy Airport in less
time than you spend in the shower.
Detective Andy Washburn (Jimmy Fallon), a cop with a
driving problem. It seems he can’t even be in
the vicinity of a car without causing a massive pile-up
(one of the movie’s best moments). After his license
is suspended, he hops in Belle’s taxi and together
they chase bad guys.
they’re bad girls. Very. Bad. Girls. From Brazil.
Led by Victoria’s Secret model Gisele Bündchen,
they are experts at the art of the quick change: from
bank robbers to bikini models to racing car pit crew.
Every teenage boy’s dream.
that seems to be the point of Taxi—nothing too
challenging or threatening. Although it’s based
on an original story by edgy French director Luc Besson
(La Femme Nikita), it's morphed into something the whole
family can support.
are some laugh-out-loud lines (our favorite by Latifah,
stepping into an economy car: “Open the door!
I don’t want to get Daewoo on my hands.”)
and some great moments, but like that taxi ride you
took yesterday or last year, how much of it will you