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Plot: A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers Runtime: 97 mins Release Date: 06 Oct 2004
So underrated that it's difficult to take most of the other reviewers/voters seriously (by BrandtSponseller)
After five years of waiting, Belle Williams Queen Latifah is finally getting her hack license, and New York City had better watch out, because she makes the typical New York cabbie look like a driver's ed poster child. At the same time, Washburn Jimmy Fallon , a bumbling New York City policeman, has just had his license taken away after totaling his third police car. When Washburn hears of a nearby bank robbery over his radio while walking a beat, he commandeers Belle's cab, and a new, extremely reckless partnership is born.Surely, something bizarre is going on with the mainstream <more>
public opinion about this film as of this writing. While I can understand someone not thinking that Taxi is the best thing since sliced bread, it's unconscionable to give this film a 1 or 2. Anyone rating this film so low can't possibly be looking at the "whole picture", so to speak, or they must be watching with a ridiculous set of preconceptions/expectations.When you rate a film, you have to consider the whole package, as an artwork. There's a lot more to it than whether you like the story or not, whether you thought it was funny or not, or whether you think it's realistic or not. For example, the cinematography in Taxi is incredible. Just the opening sequence alone, featuring "Belle" on a high speed, stunt-filled messenger bike ride through New York City makes the film worth a few points. The camera work and staging are stunning. There are all kinds of unique, subtle touches in the scene, like the shot of traffic where only the cabs are in color at first.It seems that a lot of people don't like the film just because it's a remake of Gerard Pires' 1998 French film of the same name, or just because it's a Hollywood film, or just because they've changed the gender or dispositions of the characters, or because they're misunderstanding the idea of comedy and expecting realism. None of those facts make this an inherently bad film. The idea is that you're rating/reviewing a film, as an artwork, not making a political statement or rating cultural facts that have nothing to do with what's on the screen. I disagree that fiction is necessarily making claims about how the actual world happens to be. Especially comedy cannot be just realistic and still be funny. To be comedy, something has to be absurd, exaggerated, made ironic, and so on. In general, I'm not looking for realism in films, even though Taxi has some very interesting and funny jabs at the real New York City. There are people like Belle and Washburn here, even if less comically exaggerated. There are cabbies who drive like Belle--I had the misfortune of riding home from the Newark airport with one who was going 100 mph 160 kph while weaving in and out of traffic, often straddling two lanes. I've seen a number of people use Washburn's method of parallel parking that's one of the reasons I pay for a garage instead .A lot of people here live in converted warehouses, industrial spaces, and so on, often "illegally". Apartments are so expensive that this is often the only alternative. So it's not only funny and in character that Belle sleeps right next to her car, which she would rather work on in the middle of the night before she attends to her boyfriend, it's not that far removed from reality. If you did happen to be looking for realism, the film has plenty.But Taxi is fiction, after all, and often cartoonish fiction at that. That's to be expected in much comedy. The opening bicycle ride isn't only amazing technically, it's funny _because_ it's supposed to be Queen Latifah on that bike! Jimmy Fallon's character was hilarious to me. He's a Clouseau-like bumbling nincompoop, but with a different kind of self-awareness that he's trying to veil with that special New York City "street tough" veneer. It perfectly skewers the public face that most people put on in the city. Latifah and Fallon complement each other in many ways. It was a pairing that I would have never thought of, but it is brilliant. There are a large number of scenes that will stand out in my mind for a long time.And as good as Fallon and Latifah are, Ann Margaret, as Washburn's mother, nearly steals the scene every time she appears. She's a lovable drunk with an amicable, libertine outlook. Her apartment is a delight of tacky 1970s fashion, which brings up another exemplary technical aspect of the film--the production design.But Taxi is also an exciting action/crime/thriller. The car chases often come close to those of another fantastic, unjustly underrated film--The Fast and The Furious 2001 . The stunt driving is amazing. While the crime plot certainly isn't the focus of Taxi, it's more than just a throwaway device to propel our protagonists through their character development.I'm not arguing that everyone should come away from Taxi believing that it's a 10 as I do. Tastes differ, and these characters, or these actors, in these kinds of situations with these personalities, as well as this kind of pacing, fancy camera work, etc., could be not quite to your taste. But the extremely low scores from some only show that those reviewers aren't taking their assumed role as film critics seriously this is even true of some professionals--just read Roger Ebert's review of this film , and if they're not giving that much respect to the artform they're engaging with, it's difficult to see why anyone should give much respect or consideration to their views. To say that a film like Taxi is anywhere near the technical incompetence of a film like Back Woods 2001 or The Black not Blair Witch Project 2001 , which is implied when you rate the film a 1 or 2, is beyond reproach.
Simply,"Taxi" is awesome.I have seen the original "Taxi",and it's sequel,"Taxi 2",which are both in french,and let me just say that this remake is so much better than the originals.Partly because it is in English and you can't get the originals dubbed,but also because the cars are more modern and attractive and that the villains are sexy European women and not men but that might not interest some of you . In "Taxi 2004 " the main plot is about a good detective who is a bad driver ,and New Yorks fastest cab driver.They team up to catch a group of <more>
female European bank robbers,whose get-away car is a BMW 760 that can change colour. If you like car films such as "The fast and the furious", "2 fast 2 furious","The Italian job 2003 and "The Transporter" you will love this, i know i own and love all those films and love "Taxi" also.
Absolutely Hysterical! I could NOT stop laughing! (by sexy_superstud)
This was truly one of THE MOST hysterically funny movies I've ever seen in my entire life. I saw a special screening in Manhattan, in October 2004, and I was in hysterics from beginning to end. I couldn't stop laughing! Queen Latifah was her usual classy self, and Jimmie Fallon was in top form. I don't want to reveal too much of the plot, because that would spoil the hysterical buildup of dramatic climaxes. The story is outrageously funny, and it was a total scream, all the way up to the last minute! I am fully aware that this movie got some negative and somewhat hostile critical <more>
reception. My advice is, forget all that critic garbage, and go see it for yourself. If you love wacky, hysterical comedy, you will NOT be disappointed! I promise you! This movie was mostly filmed in New York City, with the stunt scenes and race car scenes filmed in Los Angeles and Pheonix. The whole movie has a wacky, New York sense of humor about it.Just try it for yourself!
This film is entertaining and a good popcorn movie. There some rough parts in this movie, but the Queen came to the rescue always. You can tell that this script came from the mind of Luc Besson the creator of the 5th Element. I would have liked to see the film stay to the original instead of the watered down rewrite. The comedy was sometimes over the top but the Queen helped it work. Good movie to be entertained with beautiful men and women, the car chases and sexual tension. 9 more the entertainment value. If you approach this movie with anything else than wanting to be taken for a fun taxi <more>
ride with the Queen do see it. But if you do what this taken for ride, by all means do.
One Of The Funniest Movies Of The Year!!! (by Spooky2001)
This movie was great. If you think this movie sucked then you have little or no sense of humor. Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah rocked. This movie got the whole audience laughing at the theater I went to. This movie had a decent plot and good acting. I am going to buy this movie when it comes to DVD. Of course this movie had good hot girls in it but you got to think past that. This movie is not about how good looking the girls are. There was some really good car chases in it. You should see this movie. I hope Ebert and Roper give this one two thumbs up because this movie deserves it. I had a <more>
great time watching it. You should too if you have a good sense of humor and you love comedies.
This movie was lots of fun. The two star comedians Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifa put life into the plot. It could easily have been a tiresome exercise given the trailer. Beautiful women sharpshooter stunt drivers robbing banks in New York City, Give me a break.But they actually pull this movie off in delightful style. There is great chemistry between Fallon and Latifa since they are both good comics but are also so different. This is a great Friday night date movie when you just need a lift after a long work week.Now I am interested in renting the French movie series this is based on since a <more>
I thought this movie was so funny... A movie where the guys are girls... and the woman are seen playing roles and jobs where usually only men play them. The movie is fast and funny, "The fast and furious" mixed with a bit of "Bringing down the house". An interesting view at how people from totally different backgrounds meet in a situation that brings them together and they grow a friendship and help each other out to become better people in themselves. Washburn can drive now, and Williams gets to race, something she only dreamt of, and worked her whole life for. Sexy women <more>
as the bad "guys", a cab driver acting like a cop, a women as a lieutenant, and a man who shouldn't even be a cop, let alone have his license, an interesting combination to create one hell of a movie!
I don't know what everyone else was expecting when they went to this movie but with the exception of a few negative reviews on the radio, I went in with no real preconceived notions about what it was & walked out pleasantly surprised. My husband & I cracked up through the whole movie & so did everyone else that was in the theater with us, we thought it was really funny. I mean yeah, it was a bit slapstick in places & forced in others but what'd you expect?I didn't realize Queen Latifah played such a big part & I was delighted to see that she did, & her man, <more>
phew, what a man, had me shoutin', GO BELLE! I haven't watched much of SNL over the past few years so I didn't know exactly what to expect from Jimmy Fallon, but all I can say is I was far from disappointed, he kept us chuckling until the very end. Overall, I loved the lighthearted feel of it, it was just good clean fun!
Taxi a movie that is anything but boring..unlike the original French version (by kkilroy)
Okay the reviews here are definitely mixed as it concerns this remake of what was a French film. In my honest opinion the frog version slang for French was boring.Unlike 'La Femme Nikita' vs. the American remake 'Point of No Return', this remake of Taxi was better than the French original by a factor of 10.Why, you ask? Well for starters there was the semblance of a plot, the cinematography was better, the character development was substantially better and the comic interludes were intelligently inserted. The remainder of the film, including the driving sequences and FX work <more>
was much more interesting than the original French version.Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah were an interesting combination but Ann Margeret as the alcoholic mother of Jimmy Fallon was pure comedic genius! I liked it but then again I like California wines better than French too!