A small-time con artist and a TV reporter work together to clear their names as murder suspects while trying to stop an international diamond smuggler. 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. Franklin's goal is to clear his name, but in doing so gets Russell implicated with him. R For graphic violence and pervasive strong language.
He also curses a lot. His movies generated hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide at the box office. Soon that actor got too big for his britches, forgot about those roles that made him famous -- and were perfectly suited for him -- and tried to do other ego-based projects. For the most part he failed and in the wake of this, left a void of those characters he popularized.
It's now the late 90's and another young stand-up comedian is on the rise and has seen that void and the dollar signs that once flowed around those roles. And who can blame him? Like "48 Hours," "Money Talks" balances comedy with violent drama and has Tucker mugging and primping much like the young Murphy did.
Sheen assumes the Nick Nolte role, but plays a gruff TV reporter instead of the gruff cop, and he even drives a convertible as Nolte did in that other film. Tucker's no Murphy, Sheen's definitely not Nolte, and first-time director Brett Ratner can't hold a candle to director Arthur Hill who helmed "48 Hours". This isn't to say that "Money Talks" isn't occasionally hilarious and usually enjoyable to watch.
Tucker does have his moments, such as when he hangs around with papa Sorvino, and he may just be successful at filling those early Eddie Murphy roles that are now vacant. His on-screen charisma is sky high and his blend of physical and vocal humor suits him well, particularly in this role. Sheen plays a smaller part than usual, but still makes you wonder, as we've said in previous reviews, how much of an aberration "Platoon" and "Wall Street" really were for him.
Ratner, who's making his feature directing debut after making music videos, is competent but not overly inventive in his approach. At least this film doesn't look like a music video that's so often the case with these directors who cut their directing teeth on those often frenetic, under five minute pieces.
Beyond Tucker's antics, Ratner and writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen "Toy Story" have developed some funny bits, including amusing scenes between Tucker and Sorvino, and a brief, but hilarious auction where threatening gestures between the "good" and "bad" guys are taken by the auctioneer as bids.
While certainly not a great film, and again reeking of imitation, "Money Talks" is a somewhat enjoyable, often funny diversion in a darkened theater. And it may just be the vehicle that helps Tucker get better roles that will propel him into stardom. We give this film a 5. Violence, mayhem, and profanity are the bigger winners in this film's objectionable material contest. More than "f" and "s" words are uttered along with many others. Many people are killed by all sorts of weapons, particularly at the end of the movie.
Tucker, who some kids will idolize, isn't a good role model in that he's a con artist, he cusses all of the time, and he calls in a fake bomb threat that is something you'd probably not want your kids to imitate. Still, a great deal of this is played for laughs so, depending on the maturity of your child ren , they may or may not see the material at face value. Accordingly, you should look through the scene listings to determine if this is something they, or you, should see.
People drink champagne and cocktails at a rehearsal dinner party. Grace's mother drinks a Bloody Mary. Grace's mother prepares martinis and then gives one to her husband. Some guys drink champagne from a bottle. Some guards and inmates who are shot in a prison bus escape are bloody. A store owner has small bloody bullet holes in his body after being shot. James spits out some blood in a bathroom after getting into a fight with Franklin.
Blood runs down the side of James' head after he's hit, and the man in the backseat of a car has a bloody face. Several people who are killed or injured in the last shoot out sequence are bloody. Likewise, other people, including a cop, also have both. Franklin is a con artist and ticket scalper. In one scene, he's taken a man's car from a carwash to do his own business.
A white man, to whom Franklin owns money, tells him that he doesn't like "brothers" ie. Later Franklin's called "homey.