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Money Talks
(1997)
Reviewed by Gord Pratt
Rating: 7 Beans

o you remember the saying, "Money talks, BS walks"?
This movie should have walked.

Chris Tucker (JACKIE BROWN) plays Franklin Hatchett, a fast-talking, ticket-scalping petty con man. Hatchett is turned over to the cops by newsman James Russell, played by Charlie Sheen (SHADOW CONSPIRACY). By "amazing" coincidence, Hatchett is busted out of jail along with a druglord. Hatchett then teams up with Russell to save himself from the drug-dealing bad guys and the cops.

Why? Why is the jailbreak so unnecessarily complex? Why does Hatchett go to Russell? Why does Hatchett STAY with Russell? Why is Russell famous enough to be known by everyone, but useless enough to be fired in a split second by his stereotypical tough-guy boss? Why didn't I rent 48 HOURS instead?

See Hatchett talk his way into a nice family. See Hatchett sing on the prison bus. See Hatchett pretend to be someone else in an attempt to overwhelm the opposition. In other words, see Cris Tucker do his best Eddie Murphy impression for 90 minutes straight. The difference? Chris Tucker is not funny. Chris Tucker is boring at best, irritatingly high-speed-high-volume at worst.

Who in Hollwood thinks Charlie Sheen should be making comedies? Obviously, people with too much time and money on their hands. Sheen's funniest was HOT SHOTS, in which he spent the entire movie doing a parody of his own acting style. The man is cardboard with a nice haircut.

The plot is a convoluted collection of viginettes that feel like they've been tacked together without care for continuity or logic. It all cumulates in a pointless gunfight at a pointless location with excessive gunpower and too much money spent on pyrotechnics.

Looking for a loser film which embodies every bad habit of modern filmaking? Check out MONEY TALKS.






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