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Mr.Nice Guy/C+,A

New Line/1998/87m/ANA 2.35

      Jackie Chan continues to turn himself into a human cartoon in Mr. Nice Guy. He can expect to wake up one morning with Mel Blanc doing his voice and Tex Avery dressing him up. Mr. Nice Guy is one continuous series of stunts performed with typical Jackie Chan aplomb. Too bad the creativity involved in baking up the stunts couldn’t leave a slice of the pie for work on the screenplay. This could have been a vintage Chan romp. Instead, Mr. Nice Guy exists only for the sake of the delightful stunts.
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Jackie constructs organic stunts İNew Line

      The story is a simple cartoon set-up of mistaken identity and happenstance. Jackie plays the host of an Australian television cooking show and gets to do some neat tricks with dough on camera. When he bumps into a beautiful babe on the run, his instincts to protect her get the best of him and before you know it he’s involved in the hunt for an incrimating tape of a drug buy. The Chan production team surrounds him with some good-looking women and makes the sets as stunt friendly as possible. Everyone will be happy to know Jackie survives another film experience.
     And boy are the stunts ingenious. What is especially pleasing is how organic the stunts can be. In one sequence of the unending pursuit, Chan is cornered on a building construction site. Every tool and construction set-up in incorporated. Unfortunately, the climax stunt is pretty much standard fare and not up to the arsenal of stunts that precede it.

     New Line has produced a splendid looking DVD from the Chan material. The colors are incredibly bright and cartoon-like, a perfect choice for this film. This DVD has pop to spare. The energy of the colors and the brightness of the images are good enough to compete with Jackie’s highflying acrobatics. The aggressive 5:1 surround sound contains the requisite thumps and thwacks of every good cartoon.