Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Tagline: He’s armed, but she’s dangerous.
Queen Latifah .... Belle
Jimmy Fallon .... Washburn
Henry Simmons .... Jesse
Jennifer Esposito .... Lt. Marta Robbins
Gisele Bundchen .... Vanessa (as Gisele Bündchen)
Ana Cristina De Oliveira .... Redhead
Ingrid Vandebosch .... Third Robber
Magali Amadei .... Fourth Robber
Ann-Margret .... Washburn’s Mom
Christian Kane .... Agent Mullins
Boris McGiver .... Franklin
Adrian Martinez .... Brasilian man
Joe Lisi .... Mr. Scalia
Bryna Weiss .... Mrs. Scalia
GQ .... Stopwatch Messenger
Taxi is a 2004 American remake of the 1998 Luc Besson-penned French film of the same name, starring Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon and Gisele Bündchen, and directed by Tim Story.
Meet Belle (Queen Latifah), a classic New York loudmouth with a hunky boyfriend and a dead-end job. By day, she works as a bike messenger, hustling from destination to destination, utilizing garbage truck roofs and crowded department store floors as shortcuts. By night, she spends her time skipping out on dates and transforming her Crown Victoria into supercharged yellow taxicab. After all, if she’s going to drive at NASCAR someday, she will need a lot of practice, and if she can win the title as the Big Apple’s fastest taxi driver, it might help her chances.
Now, meet Andy Washburn (Jimmy Fallon), a bumbling misfit of a New York City police officer. He screws up nearly every case his lieutenant — who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend — throws at him. Most recently, he blew an undercover assignment by getting his partner shot in the arm just before crashing the police car into a street market. His driver’s license has been revoked (not that he could ever drive), and now might fight the streets of New York on foot.
Soon after, while taking a relaxing stroll downtown, Andy hears of a bank robbery taking place nearby. He jumps into Belle’s cab and orders her to head to the scene of the crime. Reluctantly, she follows his orders. When they arrive, they encounter four Brazilian supermodels, armed and dangerous, fleeing the crime scene. Belle with her supercharged cab and amazing street smarts catches up to the criminals’ blazing red BMW. Of course, the models manage to escape, but what they don’t realize is that Belle and Andy are about to team up, forming an unlikely and unsafe partnership to track them down and crack the case on their own, without the assistance or approval of the rest of the police force.