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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Queen Latifah
Jimmy Fallon
Jennifer Esposito
Gisele Bundchen.
Directors
Tim Story.
Screenwriters
Jim Kouf
Thomas Lennon
Tina Chisolm.
Running Time
97 minutes

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Taxi
Loud, stupid, enjoyable


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Plot
A former pizza delivery woman (Latifah) uses her savings to buy and customise a taxi cab and begin a new line of work. She falls in with an eager young cop (Fallon) and with her driving skills and his - er, badge? they go after a team of bank robbers.


Review
This US remake of the barmy French car-chase thriller sublimates some of the original's wilder impulses to create an appealing buddy comedy. It involves Fallon's hapless undercover cop (who can't drive) teaming up with unlikely New York cabbie Latifah (who motors like Mansell) to track down a series of bank-robbing Brazilian supermodels (led by Li'l Leo's on-off ladyfriend, Gisele Bundchen). So, still a bit barmy, then, and as buddy comedies go, this is hardly Midnight Run 2.

However, Latifah and Fallon have an easy chemistry, while director Tim Story, who was given Fantastic Four on the strength of this, capably handles the cheesy gags and va-va-voom car chases. It's loud, it's stupid, yet against all the odds, enjoyable. But between this and Collateral, you could be excused for never wanting to get into a cab again.


Verdict
It's got suped up autos, suped up models, and suped up action. Fairly safe to say that it'll appeal to it's target audience, wethinks?


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