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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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Mrs. Washburn
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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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He's armed, but she's dangerous. See more »


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

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New York Taxi  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,029,832 (USA) (8 October 2004)

Gross:

$36,609,966 (USA) (18 February 2005)
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Trivia

Almost all shots in which you see the taxi or other cars in the street, or car stunts performed in the streets, were really filmed in Los Angeles, not New York. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning when Belle gets in her taxi for the first time, she turns her taxi light on, then it cuts to a different view of the car where the light is no longer on, she buckles up, starts the car, and flips the light on again. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Marta Robbins: You're fired. You're not on suspension. You're not on temporary leave. You're fired! Ms. Williams, I'm giving your license back with a warning. If I catch you driving that thing in this city again, it is mine. Andy, as a friend, I'm sorry.
Washburn: But, Lieutenant...
Lt. Marta Robbins: Andy, please! You left me no choice. Now give me your badge.
[Washburn hands over his badge scorched by Belle's boyfriend, Jesse]
Lt. Marta Robbins: What?
[exhales, then walks away]
Belle: Hey... wanna share a cab?
Washburn: [sadly] Yeah.
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Connections

Followed by Taxi Brooklyn (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Pass the Courvoisier (Part II)
Written by Trevor Smith, Jermaine Denny, Bernard Edwards, Q-Tip (as Kamaal Fareed), Chad Hugo, James Jackson, Dominick Lamb, Sandy Linzer, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Denny Randell, Nile Rodgers, Malik Taylor, Mystikal (as Michael Tyler), Pharrell Williams and Jamal Woolard
Performed by Busta Rhymes
Courtesy of J Records
(Contains re-sung elements from "Rapper's Delight"- written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers; "Scenario" - written by K. Fareed, B. Higgins, J. Jackson, A.S. Muhammad, T. Smith and M. Taylor; "Shake Ya Ass" - written by C. Hugo, M. Tyler and P. Williams; and a sample from "Easy Come, Easy Go", written by Sandy Linzer (as S. Linzer) and Denny Randell (as D. Randell)
Performed by Odyssey
Courtesy of RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music).
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11 October 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, this was a film that looked better in the trailers when the film was being promoted, prior to its commercial release. We just caught with it thanks to a borrowed DVD and we are so happy we didn't have to pay to watch this "masterpiece".

The film, directed by Tim Story, is a rip off. It is loosely based on much better French comedies created by Luc Besson. This one here gives credit to Ben Garant as its writer.

"Taxi" is an exercise in how not to make movies. The casting of Jimmy Fallon for the main role was a poor judgment by whoever decided to give the comedian this plum job; he is not even funny! The opening sequence involving the undercover operation where Washburn fakes to be a Cuban mafioso, shows that Mr. Fallon needs to reconsider future appearances in films.

Queen Latifah, a charismatic performer, is handicapped having to act next to an inane actor that ruins some of her best moments in the movie. Ann Margaret must have been feeling desperate when she agreed to appear in this film as the lush mother of Washburn, but on second thought, it makes perfect sense that with a son like him, drinking is the only way this woman can go through life.

Watch it at your own risk!


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