Money Talks - 20 Years Later
20 years ago, Money Talks, a cult classic starring Chris Tucker was released in theaters; this movie was Chris Tucker's moment. Fresh off the success of Friday and Dead Presidents, two films where he showed his great talent off, Tucker stars as Franklin Hachett, a Los Angeles con artist who works at a car wash that will o out of his way to make things go his way. When he's framed for murder, the only person who can help him is the one who had him arrested, a news reporter named James Russell, who was played by Charlie Sheen.
Franklin reaches out to James, and explains how he’s being setup by 2 international terrorists that are on the hunt for $15 million in diamonds. However, by the time James believes Franklin, they both become wanted because they’re framed for murder and must clear their names.
I was 7-years-old when this movie came out, maybe I had no business watching but I did anyway and it’s still one of my favorite movies ever. Everything from the action to the comedy, and even though it comes on TV every other week on stations like TNT, BET and VH1, it's not the same as watching it on DVD. You must get that rated-R Chris Tucker every single time you watch it.
Money Talks is the film on Chris Tucker's resume that made him a star, not taking anything from Friday but I think this movie is what made Quentin Tarantino interested in working with him and making him the highlight of Jackie Brown. Tucker's character in Jackie Brown (Beaumont Livingston) was very similar to Franklin Hachett in Money Talks, just connecting movie dots, it's almost like Franklin went broke after the events in Money Talks and started running guns with Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown under another alias for a brief period time until he got shot and killed in the trunk, but that just shows the greatness of film and what your imagination can do.
Either way, Money Talks is a classic, with hilarious moments from Chris Tucker lying about his name, telling Paul Sorvino as Tony Cipriani he was Vic Damone's son, to Michael Wright as Aaron the arms dealer helping Franklin out; there isn't a moment in this film where you won't laugh. Money Talks debuted at #2 and went on to gross $48 million worldwide under the New Line films umbrella, and this was when New Line was on fire and Chris Tucker demanded $20 million a movie, rightfully so. It's also the film that expanded Tucker's career and granted him the Rush Hour franchise and he's still working with director Brett Ratner.
There were rumors about a Money Talks sequel for years that would reunite Chris Tucker with Charlie Sheen, and most of the original cast but it never came to fruition. I would love to see a sequel, even though I don't think it's going to happen, but it would be cool to see Chris Tucker step into the time machine and bring back the rated-R Chris Tucker we all know & love in his future films.
Money Talks is a movie you can watch every single day and it won't get old; it's a classic comedy that everyone should have in their film collection, and speaking of collection, you can get the movie on DVD or digital download. It's time for New Line to release the Blu-ray a.s.a.p.