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Taxi (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 6 October 2004 (USA)
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.

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Belle Williams is a speed demon. Flying through the streets of New York in her tricked-out taxi, she's earned a rep as New York's fastest cabbie. But driving a hack is only a pit stop for her real dream: Belle wants to be a race car champion. And she's well on her way--until she's derailed by overeager cop Andy Washburn, whose undercover skills are matched only by his total ineptitude behind the wheel. Washburn, whose lack of vehicular skills has landed him in the precinct doghouse, is hot on the heels of a gang of beautiful Brazilian bank robbers, led by Vanessa, their cold, calculating--and leggy--leader. To nab the evasive crooks, drivers license-less Washburn convinces Belle to team up with him to pursue Vanessa and crew. Belle has carte blanche to drive at any speed and break any law. The car-less cop and speed-demon cabbie--New York's unlikeliest partners-- begin a high-speed game of cat and mouse with the robbers. That is, if Belle and Washburn don't end up killing each other ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,029,832 (USA) (10 October 2004)

Gross:

$36,611,066 (USA)
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Trivia

Kevin Bray was originally set to direct, but dropped out. See more »

Goofs

When Belle gets her taxi back after being impounded by the police, the previously broken back left window has been fixed. As the police were keeping the car as evidence, they wouldn't have fixed it, or else they'd be tampering with evidence. See more »

Quotes

Washburn: So here's the plan, you fake like you're gonna go left, then you go left. Then we catch the bad guys and I'll lay a little sepressifed down from my pisolita
[car hits a bump sending the gun into the backseat, Belle looks at him with disgust]
Washburn: Drive! Drive! Don't look at me! Look at the road!
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References Punk'd (2003) See more »

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Hands Up
Written by Will.i.am (as Will Adams), Allan Pineda, Jaime Gomez, George Pajon Jr.,
Jean Baptiste, Mike Fratantuno and Billy May
Performed by The Black Eyed Peas
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
(contains a sample of "Bo Mambo"
Written by Billy May
Performed by Yma Sumoc
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music).
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Weak remake of 3 classics
11 October 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is the American version of the French Taxi films and it suffers in comparison.

I'm not kidding when I say that this a remake of the three French films since although the film is mainly a poor remake of the the first film, it lifts sequences from the second and third films.

Its a mess, a real mess. I'm a huge huge fan of the French films, and for me there was no real point in my seeing this since anything that worked came from the originals.

Why did they bother? They changed the sex of the lead (though the Queen is excellent), combined others and rewrote the cops mother to the point of stupidness. They lost any sense of timing and connection...they should have started from the ground up.

Its not the painfully awful film that some reviews made it out to be, but it is a waste of time. If you can find the originals and watch those. That should take you the better part of 5 hours and in the end you will not feel as though you've wasted your life.

3 out of 10.


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