Taxi Movie Review
"Taxi." No, it's not the television show, it's a cheesy action-comedy starring the unlikely duo of Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon. Fallon somehow thought he could make it big when he left "Saturday Night Live," but he must be having doubts after this flop.
"Taxi," to get right to the point, is not the disaster I was expecting it to be. Fallon, though ridiculously annoying and stupid in this movie, plays off Queen Latifah's smug and sarcastic black woman routine pretty well. Their chemistry, though completely incompatible, offers up some laughs. The movie also contains a few situational jokes that made me chuckle, though several of those were seen in the previews. Most impressively is that "Taxi" features a group of super sexy super model bank robbers and a very good-looking Jennifer Esposito.
Unfortunately, "Taxi" is still pretty bad. Whether it be a souped-up taxi which takes any believability out of the film from minute one or the ludicrous premise that Jimmy Fallon could have ever become a police officer in the first place, "Taxi" is filled with holes that could have been fixed easily and would have made the film a whole lot more enjoyable.
If you really like mindless action comedies, you might enjoy "Taxi." The film definitely weighs more heavily on comedy than on action, but the movie does feature a few pretty good car chases. Still, the movie lacks the edge to make it really compelling or engaging, as I played pool through many of the action scenes without giving a damn. Queen Latifah is somewhat funny, but I see a short and disastrous career ahead for Fallon. Most worrisome is that Tim Story, the director of this silly movie, is the director of the upcoming "Fantastic Four."
Hopefully that one will be better.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.