YMMV: Rush Hour

  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Kenji is willing to let go of Lee and fall off the Eiffel tower to his death in order to let Lee get a better grip and save himself.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Hu Li in the second movie.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Enjoyed bigger success in Asia because of Jackie Chan.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In Canada, the movie aired on TV a few years after its initial release. Next morning, a little Chinese girl was kidnapped in Toronto. Unlike the movie, there was no happy ending.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    Carter: Damn! He ain't gonna be in Rush Hour 3!
    • In the first movie, Carter tries a Go Look at the Distraction tactic on Lee by making him look at John Wayne's handprint.
    • Zhang Ziyi and Youki Kudoh both play Dark Action Girls in the sequels, as both actresses have appeared together in Memoirs of a Geisha. Ironically, Kudoh's character being less popular then Ziyi's character in the said film reflects on how the third film (which had featured Kudoh) was less well-received then the first and second films (which the second had featured Ziyi).
    • Ken Leung and Mark Rolston, who both appeared in the first film, would later be part of the Saw franchise. Leung played the character of Steven Sing (whose last name is worded similarly to Leung's Rush Hour character Sang, just with the second letter of "a" replaced with "i") in the first 2004 film, while Rolston would later play Dan Erickson in the fifth and sixth films.
  • Made Out to Be a Jerkass: Carter gives Lee a hard time in Rush Hour 2 about working cases during his holiday and the audience is supposed to feel sympathy for Lee as Ricky Tan killed his father. However it is worth pointing out that Lee told Carter that his supervisor invited them both to a party and then took Carter to a Triad bar without telling him the situation putting his life in danger as Carter assumed that the place would be full of police or normal people and might have revealed he was a policeman with his friend another policeman to a girl.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The Camp Gay store attendant played by Jeremy Piven from Rush Hour 2.
    • Also Don Cheadle and his surprisingly close Cantonese.
  • Retroactive Recognition: John Hawkes has a brief role in the first film.
  • The Scrappy: While not too extreme in the first movie, Carter's Uncle Tom Foolery shtick becomes more loud and obnoxious in each sequel.
  • Sequelitis: The third wasn't received that well.