The Tuxedo

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The Tuxedo
The Tuxedo film.jpg
Film poster
Directed byKevin Donovan
Produced byAdam Schroeder
John H. Williams
Screenplay byMichael J. Wilson
Michael J. Leeson
Story byPhil Hay
Matt Manfredi
Michael J. Wilson
Music byChristophe Beck
John Debney
CinematographyStephen F. Windon
Edited byCraig Herring
Blue Train Productions
DreamWorks SKG
Parkes / MacDonald Productions
Distributed byDreamWorks Pictures
Release date
  • September 27, 2002 (2002-09-27)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$60 million[2][3]
Box office$104.4 million[2][3]

The Tuxedo is a 2002 American science fiction action-comedy film directed by Kevin Donovan and starring Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt. It is a spy parody that involves a special tuxedo that grants its wearer special abilities. It also involves a corporate terrorist, threatening to poison the United States' fresh water supply with bacteria that spills electrolytes into the blood and totally dehydrates the host.[4]

The film received negative reviews from critics. The film earned a total worldwide box office gross of $104.4 million.


James "Jimmy" Tong (Jackie Chan) is a taxi driver notorious for his speed and ability to get his customers anywhere in the least amount of time. His reputation lands him a job as the personal chauffeur of the mysterious but wealthy Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs). Jimmy does not really know what his new boss' job is, but Devlin's friendly nature, imperturbable demeanor, and willingness to offer Jimmy advice wins Jimmy over and the two become friends. What Jimmy does not realize is that Devlin is a secret spy and undercover government agent, and when an attempt to kill Devlin with a car bombing sends him into a coma, Jimmy ends up with Devlin's recent case notes and a special watch that controls Devlin's rather unusual tuxedo.

The tuxedo is a gadget capable of granting its wearer special abilities (including martial arts, speed, the ability to dance, and various acrobatics) which Jimmy must use to stop the criminal organization responsible for Devlin's attempted murder. The group is a terrorist organization disguised as a corporation named Banning Corporation and is headed by the notorious and ruthless Dietrich Banning (Ritchie Coster). Its goal is to take over the global drinking water supply, starting with the poisoning of major US reservoirs by means of genetically modified water strider insects. These water striders have bacteria that can spread from person to person, causing severe dehydration. By pure chance, Jimmy is joined by a genius scientist with aspirations of field work, Delilah "Del" Blaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Blaine is completely new to field work and is delighted to be on assignment with Devlin, only to be very confused by Jimmy as he impersonates Devlin, relying on the tuxedo's special abilities to compensate for his lack of skill and training.

At first, Blaine thinks Jimmy is weird and annoying, and then a fraud when Jimmy's impersonation is finally exposed. She confiscates his borrowed tuxedo and attempts to stop the evil Dietrich Banning on her own by feigning a desire to become a turncoat for Banning Corporation. Meanwhile, Jimmy is ready to give up and go back to his life as a taxi driver, but while packing his belongings he discovers that Devlin had ordered a second tuxedo for Jimmy himself, believing that Jimmy could also be a great agent. Using his own tuxedo, Jimmy defeats the villain, Banning, by putting a cigarette in Blaine's mouth. Banning's tuxedo automatically forces him to pull out a lighter and light her cigarette. While Blaine is (comically) puffing on the lit cigarette, Jimmy begins to punch Banning. During the fight, Jimmy throws a glass containing the queen of the water striders into Banning's mouth. He is then infected with bacteria from the water strider. The other remaining water striders attack Banning and he then dies instantaneously.

As compensation for his role in bringing down Banning, the organization uses its resources to orchestrate an operation so that Jimmy can finally meet his dream girl. However, confused by Blaine's and the now-recovered Devlin's conflicting instructions on how to act Jimmy succeeds only in alarming the girl into threatening to mace him so that the operation is aborted as a failure. Consoling Jimmy afterwards, Blaine admits feeling sad that no one had ever tried to do for her what Jimmy had just done, and Jimmy tells Blaine that she has to change and be more accommodating if she ever wants to have a boyfriend. Feeling a tentative attraction for each other, they walk away to buy coffee.



Jackie Chan was unsure about the project adding special effects together with stunts, but was interested to work with DreamWorks for the chance to meet Steven Spielberg.[4] Chan found the American approach to stunts and safety restrictive and wanted to repeat a jump but was not allowed. "American films are different -- it drives me crazy," said Chan.[5]

During filming in Toronto, Chan and Love Hewitt appeared on an on-set webcam and interacted with fans.[6]

Chan worked on The Tuxedo in between shooting The Medallion, which started before, and completed shooting later.[7]


After an initial score by Christophe Beck, John Debney was brought in to rescore the film (incorporating Beck's thematic material). Both composers ultimately had cues included in the final version.

Varèse Sarabande released a soundtrack album on October 1, 2002, including different cues written by the composers for the same scenes. Cues by Debney are in italics, cues by Beck in bold.[8]

  1. Jimmy's Tux (2:50)
  2. Skateboard Chase (2:00)
  3. Mad Bike Messenger (1:04)
  4. Jimmy's Dream (:48)
  5. Main Title - "The Tuxedo" (3:01)
  6. First Mission (2:54)
  7. Swallow The Queen (2:25)
  8. Demolition (1:20)
  9. Putting on Tux (1:59)
  10. Demolition Program (1:02)
  11. Rope Fight (2:58)
  12. Rope Fight (2:14)
  13. Superhuman (1:39)
  14. Walter Strider (1:21)
  15. High Noon (:49)
  16. Banning Opens The Pods (2:29)
  17. Banning Swallows Queen (:49)
  18. Jimmy Saves Blaine (1:50)
  19. Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine) - James Brown (3:19)


Box office[edit]

On a reported budget of $60 million, the film grossed $50.5 million in the United States. In its opening weekend the film grossed $15 million from 3,022 theaters. The film's total worldwide gross is $104.4 million.[2][3]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 21% based on 140 reviews and an average rating of 4.33/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Chan is as charming as ever, but his talents are squandered by special effects and bad writing."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 30 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[10] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.[11]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times commented that "The movie is silly beyond comprehension, and even if it weren't silly, it would still be beyond comprehension" but does comment that the film has its good moments. He gave the film one and a half stars out of four.[12] Robert Koehler of Variety magazine says that the film's central problem is the mix of Chan's actual stunts and effects, which plays against Chan's whole career and hard-core commitment to doing all of his own body-defying stunts. He notes that Hewitt "has displayed a Chan-like sweetness herself in past roles" and is disappointed that her character is "a haggling, high-strung shrew who’s instantly repellent" rather than an amusing sidekick as Chan has had in other Hollywood films. Koehler also criticizes the "pallid direction", and "virtually incomprehensible plot line".[13] American film critic Wheeler Winston Dixon described the trademark action comedy as having an "unlikely pairing" of Jennifer Love Hewitt with Chan, and noted that Chan's doing his own stunts, even in his middle age, added a "welcome touch of verisimilitude to the endless succession of doubles who normally populate such films."[14]


A novelization of the film was released by publisher Price Stern Sloan adapted by Ellen Weiss.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "THE TUXEDO | British Board of Film Classification".
  2. ^ a b c "The Tuxedo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "The Tuxedo (2002) - Financial Information". The Numbers (website).
  4. ^ a b Hart, Hugh (September 8, 2002). "His Career Is No Stunt". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  5. ^ Curiel, Jonathan (24 September 2002). "Man of action / Jackie Chan suits up for 'Tuxedo,' finds Hollywood reluctant to let him do the stunts". SFGate.
  6. ^ Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt visit the Bagel Cam. Retrieved 16 April 2015 – via YouTube. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Wacky Jackie". The Irish Times. September 8, 2001. Archived from the original on 2019-08-08.
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  9. ^ "The Tuxedo (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  10. ^ "The Tuxedo Reviews". Metacritic.
  11. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  12. ^ Ebert, Roger (September 27, 2002). "The Tuxedo Movie Review & Film Summary (2002)".
  13. ^ Robert Koehler (26 September 2002). "The Tuxedo". Variety.
  14. ^ Wheeler Winston Dixon, 2003, Wallflower Press, London and New York, Visions of the Apocalypse: Spectacles of Destruction in American Cinema, retrieved November 28, 2014, ISBN 1-903364-74-4 (paperback) ISBN 1-903364-38-8 (hardcover), see page 18, lines 15–20
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