Rat Race

Movie Reviews | Aug 17th, 2001

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Starring Breckin Meyer, John Cleese, Amy Smart, Jon Lovitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Lanei Chapman, Dave Thomas, Rowan Atkinson, Brody Smith, Seth Green, Vince Vieluf, Kathy Najimy, Jillian Marie, Silas Weir Mitchell, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Written By: Andy Breckman
Directed By: Jerry Zucker

What better way to donate money than see a movie right? That’s what I did Tuesday because it was “National Movie Day” and all money goes to the Red Cross, etc.

So I heard some good things about Rat Race from my parents and relatives so why not check it out finally. The story takes place in Vegas and is about several people in a fancy casino that all end up getting this gold coin in the slot machines. They meet up with Mr. Sinclair, a rich casino owner who is putting a race together and the winner wins 2 million dollars if they can get to the locker in Arizona. This is a homage or remake of It’s a Mad, Mad Mad Mad World. There was other movies like this that I remember like Million Dollar Mystery. Eddie Deezen being in a movie is always great!

Anyway, this movie has a great cast, and was directed by the great Jerry Zucker who did the Naked Gun, Airplane movies. I even liked the opening credits, which has the characters seen like on the movie poster dancing. Wish more opening credits were more entertaining.

I really liked this movie, and laughed a lot. Jon Lovitz and Cuba Gooding Jr were the best. They had the funniest scenes in the movie. John Cleese is always funny, and I liked a lot of his scenes involving his rich friends. I like Rowan Atkinson as Bean in his TV shows, but not the movie he was in of Bean, but he was okay in this. He could have been a lot funnier. Whoopi Goldberg seemed non existent. Seth Green and that other guy were funny too. They were just dumb which made it funny to watch. But overall, the movie took a little bit to get going, but once it did, it was non stop laughter. I recommend seeing it just for the Jon Lovitz scene with his family in Hitler’s Car!! That’s all I’m gonna say! Go see it and get a laugh.

Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 112 minutes
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