Mr. Nice Guy (1997) / Action-Comedy

MPAA Rated: PG-13 for pervasive action violence, some sensuality and drug content
Running Time: 113 min.

Cast: Jackie Chan, Richard Norton, Miki Lee, Karen McLymont, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick
Director: Sammo Hung
Screenplay: Fibe Ma, Edward Tang

Review published January 17, 1998

A TV chef (Chan, Thunderbolt) gets embroiled in a plot by dangerous underworld types to get a videotape of a secret drug deal and murder when he accidentally bumps into a reporter who threatens to blow the whistle on all involved.

Absolute garbage from start to finish. Only the fight scenes are worth watching in this unbelievably bad vehicle for Jackie, and even those aren't up to his usual standards. Unfunny, cheesy, poorly acted, awful directing, and the dubbing is way off even though it's in English!

I've seen some Jackie Chan films that were bad but saved by exciting fight scenes, but this one is so downright abominable, that the fight scenes are but brief moments of relief between mind-numbing ineptitude.

Lock a dozen monkeys into a room full of typewriters and within 20 minutes you'd walk in to find a better script than this. Only the most die hard Jackie Chan fans should watch this, if only to make you appreciate his other films more.

Qwipster's rating:

1998 Vince Leo