The Tuxedo (2002)



Critic Consensus: Chan is as charming as ever, but his talents are squandered by special effects and bad writing.

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Clothes make the superspy in this high-energy action comedy. Jimmy Tong (Jackie Chan) is a well-meaning but clumsy New York City cab driver who is tapped by Steena (Debi Mazar), associate to multi-millionaire Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs), for a new job as Devlin's personal limo driver. After a mysterious accident lands Devlin in the hospital, Tong learns that his new boss has a secret -- when he's not wheeling and dealing in high finance, Devlin is also a secret agent for the CSA, a top-level security agency. The secret to Devlin's success as a spy is his trademark tuxedo, a suit which is loaded with special gadgets which turns him into a high-tech fighting machine. After Tong dons the tuxedo and is transformed into a martial arts master, he takes over for Devlin and discovers that the agent's injuries didn't happen by accident. As Tong tries to chase down a handful of international super-villains bent on world conquest, he has to deal with Devlin's new partner, Del Blaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a CSA rookie who is just as baffled by her new assignment as Tong. The Tuxedo marked the feature-film debut for director Kevin Donovan, who had previously won international acclaim for his work in television commercials.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Jackie Chan
as Jimmy Tong
Jennifer Love Hewitt
as Delilah `Del' Blaine
Jason Isaacs
as Clark Devlin
Debi Mazar
as Steena
Ritchie Coster
as Banning
Peter Stormare
as Dr. Simms
Mia Cottet
as Cheryl
Daniel Kash
as Rogers
Scott Wickware
as Wallace
Karen Glave
as Randa
Colin Mochrie
as Gallery Owner
Scott Yaphe
as CSA Agent Gabe
Bob Balaban
as CSA Director (uncredited)
Paul Bates
as Lundeen
Noah Danby
as Bike Messenger
Cecile Cristobal
as Girl In Gallery
Kim Roberts
as ER Nurse
Fred Rutherford
as Banning Party Bouncer
Jordan Madley
as Fast Food Girl
Phoenix Gonzalez
as De L'Air Saleswoman
Stacey DePass
as Woman In Park
Ron Gabriel
as Frank Rollins
Marcia Bennett
as Water Executive
Michael Ayoub
as Water Executive
Brian Rhodes
as Water Executive
Frank T. Nakashima
as Water Executive
Rudy Webb
as Water Executive
Reg Dreger
as Water Executive
Diana C. Weng
as Flower Shop CSA Op
Mike Nahrgang
as Homeless CSA Op
Paul Braunstein
as Sewer CSA Op
John Catucci
as CSA Firing Range Op
Robert Tinkler
as CSA Firing Range Op
Daniel Aiken
as Bogus CSA Op
Bayo Akinfemi
as S.W.A.T. CSA Op
Allen Stewart-Coates
as Concert Maitre d'
Lawrence Kamikawaji
as Assistant Maitre d'
Paul Huggett
as Banning Lab Worker
Daveed Louza
as Banning Lab Worker
Gavin Stephens
as Hotel Security Guard
Michael Panucci
as Security Guard No. 2
Ian Downie
as Banning Party Guest
Jamie Jones
as Banning Guard
Perry Perlmutar
as Guy In Toilet
William Lynn
as Doorman
Jean Green
as Elderly Woman
Jack Duffy
as Elderly Man
Fred Lee Own
as Poultry Employee
Peter Yip
as Poultry Employee
Jim Davis
as Hospital Patron
Marion Dressler
as Hospital Patron
Naomi Emmerson
as Hospital Patron
Poi Wong
as Hospital Patient
Lisa Levy
as Nurse No. 2
Peter Gail Williams
as Backstage Fan
Rafael Brown
as Drunk Fan
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Critic Reviews for The Tuxedo

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (31)

Chan's worst Hollywood film to date.

October 2, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The only possible surprise in The Tuxedo would be an extended demonstration of what was once Chan's trademark, the daffily choreographed kineticism forbidden of late by either his own age or the scruples of story editors.

Full Review… | October 1, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

One of the worst movies of the year.

September 30, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This overproduced and generally disappointing effort isn't likely to rouse the Rush Hour crowd.

September 27, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

This movie is about the worst thing Chan has done in the United States.

September 27, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's drab. It's uninteresting. It squanders Chan's uniqueness; it could even be said to squander Jennifer Love Hewitt!

September 27, 2002
Washington Post
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Oh wow, why? Why?! I don't even know if this warrants a review. It's like Spy Kids 2 meets Jackie Chan meets... severe overproduction. Who, in their right mind, thought this would be a good idea when it was pitched? Seriously.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer


If It weren't for Jackie Chan this would be a horrible film, the script is pretty bad and Jennifer Love Hewwit is just annoying. It does however raise a few laughs which make it almost worthwhile.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

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