Taxi 4 (2007)

(In theaters, July 2007) I swear, this series keeps getting dumber with each successive instalment. It wouldn’t be so bad if the action kept up with the plot, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here: The titular taxi gets a very small portion of the action, and most of the film is spent in comedic mode, sadly centred around the increasingly irritating character of Bernard Farcy. While it’s fun to see the characters of Samy Naceri and Frédéric Diefenthal settle in as fathers, the absence of Marion Cotillard is deeply felt and seems to send the film careening without any moral centre. While generally amiable, the film merely plays to a fraction of the first two entries in the Taxi series. The disappointment is palpable, and represents a second strike after the lacklustre Taxi 3.

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