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Rat Race (2001)

Cast: Seth Arnett, Seth Arnett, Rowan Atkinson, more...
Director: Jerry Zucker, Jerry Zucker
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Comedies, Slapstick, Chase, Quest, Chase
Running Time: 112 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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A very loose remake of the classic multi-star comedy It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), this madcap comedy is directed by Jerry Zucker, one third of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker comedy team and director of Ghost (1990). John Cleese stars as an eccentric casino owner who devises a contest pitting six teams against each other in a race to claim two million dollars from a locker in New Mexico. The competitors are Owen (Cuba Gooding Jr., who ends up driving a bus full of Lucille Ball imitators, a foreigner (Rowan Atkinson) who hitches a ride in an organ donor vehicle, and a recently reunited mother and daughter (Whoopi Goldberg and Lanei Chapman) who anger a "squirrel lady" (Kathy Bates) -- much to their regret. There are also two con artist brothers (Seth Green and Vince Vieluf), the upright Nick (Breckin Meyer), who gets a lift from cute but psychotic pilot Tracy (Amy Smart), and the eccentric Pear family, headed up by Jon Lovitz. Rat Race also stars Dave Thomas, Kathy Najimy, Wayne Knight, Dean Cain, and Paul Rodriguez. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

I laughed until I cried by tracey2618 May 4, 2002 - 9:22 AM PDT
THe funniest movie I've seen all year. We were laughing so hard we were all crying- and then it got funnier!

Mad Cap Comedy by TAubuchon February 28, 2002 - 9:49 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Wacky Fun describes this movie, absurd slap stick humor with an amazing cast. A bus load of Lucy impersonators, Hitler's car and Mr. Bean/Black Adder, Rowen Atkinson as a narcoleptic, are just a few of the unbelievably funny gags in this show. John Cleese is the greedy casino owner who makes them all race for 2 million dollars, so his rich clients have a new gambling experience. Though the satire is not lost, it doesn't interfere with the simple pleasure of timeless site gags and pure humor of the movie. The end was a bit too moralistic for my taste, but you are too busy still laughing to care. This movies deserves the Zucker name.

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(Average 6.48)
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