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MONEY TALKS

SYNOPSIS:
Franklin Hatchett (Chris Tucker) is a small time con artist and ticket scalper. When local LA TV news reporter James Russell (Charlie Sheen), shows up to do a story on Franklin, he's really there to watch Det. Pickett (Paul Gleason) arrest him. Later handcuffed to Villard (Gerard Ismael), an international diamond smuggler, Franklin finds himself in the middle of a jail bus escape, and becomes Villard's hostage. He manages to escape, but finds himself as a suspect in the violent murders. With no one else to turn to, Franklin calls Russell who's just been fired from his job. Because this might be his lucky break, and needing his job since he's marrying rich socialite Grace Cipriani (Heather Locklear) in a few days, Russell agrees to help. Franklin's goal is to clear his name, but in doing so gets Russell implicated with him. As the TV reporter tries to figure things out, he must also continue with his pending wedding plans and keep his rich, soon-to-be father-in-law, Guy Cipriani (Paul Sorvino), happy. As the two fugitives find Villard and stumble across his plan, they use every resource possible, including Franklin's childhood buddy turned arms dealer, Aaron (Michael Wright), to stop the dangerous diamond smuggler.

"This is Hollywood cinema at its worst: formulaic, loud, aggressive and just intensely routine. The film was designed as little more than a vehicle for Eddie Murphy wannabe Chris Tucker, who plays the kind of character that made Murphy a star a decade ago in 48 Hours, a film that was widely superior to this. Here we have a wisecracking con artist, inexplicably transported on a prison truck with some major bad guys, suddenly thrust into a series of improbable adventures with this TV news guy, played with immense boredom by Charlie Sheen. There's absolutely no chemistry between these actors, and because Tucker is so over-the-top nobody else, Sheen included, can come even close. There are some funny moments, mainly a car auction sequence featuring Tucker and Paul Sorvino who does well as Sheen's future father-in-law, but the closing action sequences are ridiculously excessive, featuring mass explosions, rounds of gun fire, mayhem and violence galore. There might be room for this kind of cinematic drivel while audiences continue to crave it, so the dream factory continues to produce it."
Paul Fischer



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Unfavourable: 1
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MONEY TALKS (M)15+
(US)

CAST: Chris Tucker, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Gerard Ismael, Paul Sorvino, Elise Neal, Paul Gleason, Larry Hankin, Daniel Roebuck, Michael Wright, Veronica Cartwright, David Warner

DIRECTOR: Brett Ratner

PRODUCER: Walter Coblenz, Tracy Kramer

SCRIPT: Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Russell Carpenter, Robert Primes

EDITOR: Mark Helfrich

MUSIC: Lalo Schifrin

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Robb Wilson King

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 19, 1998







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