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Rat Race (2001)

cover Directed by
Jerry Zucker

Writing credits (WGA)
Andy Breckman (written by)

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Genre: Comedy / Adventure (more)

Tagline: 563 miles. 9 people. $2 million. 1001 problems!

Plot Outline: A Las Vegas casino magnate, determined to find a new avenue for wagering, sets up a race for money. (more) (view trailer)

User Comments: Nothing meaningful in this film, however it is somewhat funny with a few overly silly scenes. (more)

User Rating: *******___ 6.5/10 (11,951 votes) Vote Here

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese .... Donald P. Sinclair
Rowan Atkinson .... Enrico Pollini
Lanei Chapman .... Merrill Jennings (Baker) (as Lanai Chapman)
Whoopi Goldberg .... Vera Baker
Cuba Gooding Jr. .... Owen Templeton
Seth Green .... Duane Cody
Wayne Knight .... Zack Mallozzi
Jon Lovitz .... Randall 'Randy' Pear
Breckin Meyer .... Nick Schaffer
Kathy Najimy .... Beverly 'Bev' Pear
Amy Smart .... Tracy Faucet
Vince Vieluf .... Blaine Cody
Jillian Marie .... Kimberly Pear (as Jillian Marie Hubert)
Brody Smith .... Jason Pear
Jenica Bergere .... Hotel Clerk
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Also Known As:
Course folle (2001) (Canada: French title)
MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor, partial nudity and language.
Runtime: 112 min / Argentina:110 min
Country: Canada / USA
Language: English
Color: Color (DeLuxe)
Sound Mix: DTS / Dolby Digital
Certification: Argentina:Atp / Australia:M / Brazil:Livre / Canada:PG / Finland:K-7 / Germany:6 / Netherlands:AL / Norway:7 / Peru:PT / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / Spain:T / Sweden:7 / UK:12 / USA:PG-13

Trivia: Is based on the 1963 comedy classic It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) (more)

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TxMike
Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

Date: 26 September 2002
Summary: Nothing meaningful in this film, however it is somewhat funny with a few overly silly scenes.

Premise - ultra wealthy think up new ways to amuse themselves and satisfy their gambling habit. Example, on takeoff the private jet is purposely flown turbulently, everyone has placed a bet on which one will vomit first! At a Vegas casino an ordinary group of 8 or 10 win slot machine tokens which invite them to a special "opportunity." They are invited to a race to Silver City, NM, each with a key that opens a locker at the train station. The locker has a bag with $2Million in cash, first one there to unlock it gets the money. Why? So the ultra wealthy can observe the race, get entertained, and bet on the outcome.

Thus the fun, or lack of it, of the film. Each participant, or "team" (reunited mother/daughter, two brothers, man and his helicopter pilot girlfriend, man with wife and two kids) takes off in the race for the prize. Mother/daughter get lost, ask directions, go off a cliff ("We should have bought a squirrel.") Man steals bus driver clothes, drives bus full of "Lucy" impersonators, wrecks. Helicopter pilot finds her boyfriend cheating on her, chases him with 'copter. Hot air balloon that snags a cow and pulls it along, inverted.

SPOILERS - The humor is definitely lowbrow, slapstick, often funny, many times not. The big letdown, to the participants who just happen to all arrive together by totally independent means, decide to share the loot but it gets inadvertently donated to a charity concert they happen upon. And, the big gamblers get embarrassed into putting up matching funds. Not a very good film in sum of its parts, but still somewhat enjoyable. Hard to recommend.
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