Taxi: Kerry Hayes
EW Staff
August 11, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Taxi (Movie - 2004)

Current Status
In Season
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
Jimmy Fallon, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Esposito, Gisele Bundchen
Tim Story
Luc Besson
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Robert Ben Garant, Jim Kouf, Thomas Lennon

We gave it a D

No, it’s not what you’re thinking — but when Jimmy Fallon first got the screenplay, the same thing crossed his mind. ”I was looking for Jim Ignatowski references,” he says, ”but to the teen audience I don’t think anyone will even know what that name means.” Translation: This ”Taxi” bears no relation to what Fallon calls ”my favorite sitcom ever” (which featured Christopher Lloyd as Rev. Jim Ignatowski). Rather, it’s based on one of France’s all-time top movies, a Marseilles-set flick from 1998. In the U.S. version, bad-driving cop Fallon enlists Queen Latifah and her souped-up New York City cab to nab a band of Brazilian bank robbers — who happen to be supermodels led by catwalker Gisele Bündchen. Quips Fallon: ”Based on a true story.”

Director Tim Story (”Barbershop”) calls the action comedy ”kind of like ‘Rush Hour,’ a little bit of ‘Midnight Run,’ and then a little bit of ’48 HRS.”’ Which meant tons of improv by Fallon, Latifah, and Ann-Margret, who plays Fallon’s boozy mom. Not to mention tons of car chases and shoot-outs. ”It was just like candy,” says Fallon, who left his ”SNL” ”Weekend Update” days behind this spring. ”Every day you’re on set you’re just like, ‘Okay, what’s next? Oh, cool, I get to shoot a gun?! Great! I get to run while I’m shooting it?! Awesome!”’ But the biggest commotion came when fans swarmed the movie’s set last fall to catch a glimpse of its sexy star. And we don’t mean Gisele. ”I’m going ‘Jimmy Fallon?!”’ Story says. ”I mean, you know, the guy’s not ugly, but I was like, ‘Jimmy Fallon?!”’

WHAT’S AT STAKE Fallon’s film career. Is he the next Will Ferrell?

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