Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this third installment in the Rush Hour franchise is a lot like the first two. It's got lots of extremely boisterous comic violence, with a mix of martial arts, slapstick, and shoot-'em-up aesthetics that sometimes leads to bloodied faces and painfully twisted bodies. Motor-mouthed co-star Chris Tucker's brand of verbal comedy includes plenty of sexual references and dicey language that seems designed to get around the PG-13 rating (for example: referring to, but not saying, the "N" word and cutting off "motherf--" before it's finished). A French detective conducts anal probes of Carter and Lee when they arrive in Paris (off-screen), leaving them in some visible pain. Supporting characters smoke cigarettes and drink, and a brief, unconsummated sex scene shows Carter in bed (naked chest) with a woman in her bra and panties. Frequent language includes variations on "s--t," "damn," and "ass."
Carter makes frequent sexual references; in one scene, he grabs his crotch. Close-up shots of women's bottoms and cleavage. French detective puts on rubber glove for anal probe (afterwards, Carter and Lee walk uncomfortably). Genevieve wears lots of revealing costumes. Jasmine's fight with Lee sounds like rowdy sex to Carter, who encourages his friend to "Tear that ass up!" While pretending to be a costume designer, Carter orders dancers to strip to their thongs (nakedness implied, no nipples shown). Carter describes his desire for sex with Genevieve crudely ("butter you like a slice of Wonder Bread") and in one scene gets into bed with her (his bare chest visible; she's in lingerie; he says, "My nipples are sensitive").
Repeated fights involving Lee, Carter, and Kenji (as well as Triad thugs in suits) feature hard-hitting, imaginative stunts, as well as shooting. Ambassador is shot at the film's start (body down and bloody chest), which leads to chaos and an urban chase scene with lots of falling, jumping, fighting, and some gunfire. Shootouts (in streets, hospital, nightclub) feature shattered glass, bodies flying and colliding, and bloody faces (a couple of villains fall dead). Carter threatens several others with his gun. A car explodes. George extols the thrills of "being an American" -- that is, committing senseless violence. Soo Yung is tied up and dangled from the Eiffel Tower; an extended fight sequence "on" the Eiffel Tower (courtesy of special effects) shows frequent near-falls and falls.
Variations on "s--t," "damn," "hell," and "ass," plus several insinuations of "f--k" (with "mother-"), but it's not said outright. A nun translating a French interrogation scene says the villain uses the "N" word several times, as well as the "H" word and the "W" word (both refer to "whore"), and "the word that rhymes with 'faggot.'" Carter says "hairy stinking balls."
Carter's comic shtick is relentlessly offensive; the film makes fun of both French characters and anti-French rhetoric; Chinese Triads (gangs) are endlessly brutal, cops are inept, Lee is noble. Cultural differences are repeatedly used as the basis of jokes.
Genevieve is a model (her image appears on billboards). References to Ex-Lax, Poco Loco restaurants, Wonder Bread, Red Bull.
Drugs / Tobacco /
George smokes cigarettes. Bar scenes show customers smoking and drinking liquor.