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Rat Race (2001)

2001

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A Las Vegas casino magnate, determined to find a new avenue for wagering, sets up a race for money.

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Breckin Meyer, Jenica Bergere
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Comedy
Director Jerry Zucker
Starring Breckin Meyer, Jenica Bergere
Supporting actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Carrie Diamond, Douglas Haase, Chris Myers, Kevin Frazier, Seth Green, Gloria Allred, Vince Vieluf, Renée Lee, Corinna Harney, Jane C. Walsh, Whoopi Goldberg, Lanei Chapman, Jillian Marie, Brody Smith, Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, Andrew Kavovit
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Dennis Rosebrough on August 13, 2001
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After seeing the previews, I had *very* low expectations for this movie. A friend who had already bought a ticket for me (without me knowing) dragged me along anyway, and I laughed so hard, I was crying. It's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen--and I've seen a lot of movies! The previews only show the basic premise of the movie (think Cannonball Run) and a few moments taken out of context that just don't do justice to the intricate webs of jokes that turn out to be setups for even more funny moments later.
It has a great cast--Jon Lovits, John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Seth Green, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) just to name a few, and they're all at the best I've ever seen them. Sometimes movies with such a cast of well-known and diverse people, they either 1) don't have the chemistry to work well together or 2) each subdue their "type" of comedy to blend in with the others. Neither is the case in this movie. Each member of the cast totally excels at the kind of comedy they're best at. Atkinson has the zany weird thing going, Green has the physical slapstick thing, Lovits has the lovable neurotic thing, Cleese has the "Now for something totally different" thing...
It's also a great family movie. I don't really know why it got the PG-13 rating. There's no bad language, no explicit stuff, very little innuendo, not much violence. There are a few gestures here and there (not of malicious intent; you just have to see it to know what I mean), and it makes fun of Germans, so if you're radically conservative or a very sensitive Jewish person (or German, I suppose), you may be offended.
I can't recommend this movie enough.
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'Rat Race' is a zany little comedy with many big name stars, and jokes that are sometimes good, sometimes just o.k. For the most part, it is a pretty funny film, and there is probably something that most people will find adequately comedic about it.
The movie starts out in a Las Vegas hotel/casino. Whilst playing the slot machines, 8 people find a coin which directs them to a secret meeting with the hotel/casion owner. He informs them that some 500 miles away, in Silver City, New Mexico, is a train station. Inside that station is a locker, and inside that locker is $2,000,000. They are all given a key, and told to "go" - whoever gets there first winning the money. The race is on, and the hotel/casino owner is keeping a watchful eye on them, as he is also taking bets as to who the winner will be. Each of the people who are in the race take different modes of transport to get to the desired location. This makes for the bulk, and the most hilarious portion, of the film. Along the way, there are jokes and running gags to do with Nazis, Lucille Ball impersonators, a crazy squirrel merchant, and more. Much of the humor is accessible and makes you laugh, or at least chuckle. Some of the humor, however, is rather crude. I still found it funny, but be warned: If you are disdainful of certain jokes whose basis lies in bodily functions, human organ dis-respect, abuse of animals, or anything along those lines - then this is *not* the movie for you. All of the aforementioned jokes, though they sound bad, are actually handled well (as well as can be expected), but they *do* make up a substantial portion of the film.
Many of the talents used in 'Rat Race' include Whoopi Goldberg, John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson (re-using many aspects of his Mr. Bean persona), Cuba Gooding, Jr.
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By A Customer on February 1, 2002
Format: DVD
Rat Race is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a while!
The Plot- A bunch of people selected by winning a special coin while playing the slot machine at casino in Las Vegas are selected to do a once in a lifetime job and race to find 2 million dollars in a locker in Silver City, New Mexico.The stars of the movie are in such a hurry to get the two million bucks,that they do some very stupid/funny things to get the cash.The whole movie is very funny and not dull or boring one part of the entire movie.
The reason I gave this DVD 4 stars is because the deleted scenes, I personally thought were not that exciting. Just remember, that's my opinion. You may love them, but I'm not that crazy about them. Everthing else in the movie was EXCELLENT!!!
The DVD feature's include: Widescreen version,Dolby Digital surround sound, English Subtitles, Interactive Menus, Scene Selections, Theatrical Trailer, Exclusive Interview with Director Jerry Zucker and Writer Andy Breckman, Deleted Scenes, The Making of Rat Race, Gag Reel, Outake Scene, "Jerry and Andy Call the Actors"
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It's often said that "everyone sees a different movie". One thing is clear from reading the reviews here, this is a "love it or hate it" film. Hollywood has released no good comedies in a long, long time. I almost didn't see this one because I expected it to be as bad. Was I glad I was wrong! There will never be a 'chase' movie as good as "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World", but Rat Race comes closer than any so far. Take a look at the other reviews and you'll see that not everyone likes dumb comedies. If you like to turn off your brain for two hours and just laugh, this is for you. If you are interested in what movie critics are looking for: character development, believability, I suggest you look elsewhere. Everyone in this movie is just fantastic, especially Jon Lovitz. I recently saw him live on Broadway in Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party" and I was amazed how he could bring the house down with just one expression. He does the same thing here, especially in the Hitler scene which is the film's highlight. Another nice surprise is how well Cuba Gooding Jr. does comedy. I never really cared for him before and thought he over-acted in movies like "Instinct". The nicest thing about this movie is it's completely unpredictable. You never know what to expect. I for one didn't expect to find a movie so good that I would see it in the theatre three times in one week, something I have never done before. This is a fun movie to see with a group of friends who want to have a good time. How about a sequel?
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