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Imagine a Jewish man and his family mistaking a Barbie museum for a doll museum instead of a noted nazi officer, who then has to steal Hitler's VW as his engines been cut. Or perhaps a man (who was born without a personality) asking a hooker how much it would cost to get naked in a bath full of pepto bismal while she shaves his buttocks and clips his toenails. Well if you cant then maybe you should watch Rat Race This is a lot like Wacky Races, it has the same plot line and it never seems to get old. The plot follows a number of people in Las Vegas who find a golden coin that asks them to have a free buffet lunch with the Hotel manager. He then tells them that there in $2 million in a locker in Silver City. Whoever gets there first gets to keep the lot. What then ensues in a madcap race to get their first by all the characters. The film has a host of comedy legends involved and actors and actresses who were new to comedy and did a damn good job at it. John Cleese as Donald P. Sinclair the eccentric millionnaire who creates the race Rowan Atkinson as Enrico Pollini a narcoleptic Spaniard Whoopi Goldberg as Vera Baker, long lost mother of Merrill Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Owen Templeton a disgraced football referee Seth Green as Duane Cody a sneaky low bit conman Jon Lovitz as Randall "Randy" Pear a desperate man trying to have a nice family holiday without his family. Breckin Meyer as Nick Schaffer an uptight lawyer who likes to play safe Amy Smart as Tracy Faucet a crazy free spirited girl that teams up with Nick. Kathy Najimy as Beverly "Bev" Pear, wife of Randall Lanai Chapman as Merrill Jennings long lost daughter of Vera, she is also uptight and stressed. Vince Vieluf as Blaine Cody Dwaine's brother who has pierced his tongue stopping him from talking properly. Dave Thomas as Harold Grisham , a man who was tragically born without a personality Wayne Knight as Zack Mallozzi a strange man transporting a heart to a donor, he gives Enrique a ride. Kathy Bates as The Squirrel Lady who is crazy and tries to murder people who dont buy a squirrel. The acting is brilliant and every character has a set of brilliant jokes that go alongside their characters. There is mild swearing but nothing serious and its all in good fun. In fact one of the funniest bits for me was Blaine swearing at someone who had stolen his keys but ofcourse his tongue piercing stops him saying it clearly. The only downside I would say is the ending which was quite poor. It seemed like a cop out and as if the film had to have a moral. This is a very small point though other than that it's perfect. I could watch this film again and again and not get bored with it. Definately a winner!
This is one of my favorite films, have seen it so many times, and yet it is still funny every time I see it. I first found this film thanks to my sister, as she had seen it with a friend many years ago, and she hired it out video (Yep VHS) from our local video store so I could watch it, as she loved it and thought that it was so good she should share its wonder. The storyline is that a bunch of seperate people have all gone to Las Vegas for a trip away, and they all win a special gold coin which entitles them to a "special lunch buffet" with the owner of the casino/hotel that they are in. When the hotel owner enters the room, after the scaring the hell out of them, they are then told that there is 2 million dollars in a bag in a locker at the train station in Silvercity, New Mexico. The first person to get there, wins the money. After some debating and some odd conversations, the people all start the race to Silvercity, whilst they are tracked by the hotel owner, as he is actually taking bets from Millionaires on who will win! The race becomes a complete and utter mental time, as each person (or set of people) try to out do each other in their bid to get there first. Some under handed tactics, some strange cows, a coach full of Lucy's and a crazy ambulance driver later, who will win the cash? This film stars Whoopee Goldberg, Rowan Atkinson, Seth Green and John Cleese among many others. The people in the race are Enrique (Rowan Atkinson) who is a crazy Italian guy with Narcolepsy, A business woman and her mother (Whoopee Goldberg), Nick, a Chicago lawyer, A strange bloke with his wife and two kids, Wayne and Dwayne, the two money grabbing scheming brothers, one of which has pierced his own tongue! Also Owen (Cuba Gooding Jr) is in the race, who is America's most hated football referee. Personally, I love this film so much, as it makes for some great viewing, with hilarious moments, and some awesome one liners in the film. I didn't expect the ending the first time I saw it. This really is a great film to watch with family and friends, as there is something for everyone in this film, including a brilliant helicopter chase from a very angry woman! There are so many great moments in this film, that if I keep talking about them, I will end up telling you the whole film, as I love the whole film and would happily talk about it for hours. I don't want to ruin the film for you, so I am going to end by saying that you need to go to www.amazon.co.uk and buy this on DVD for less than £5 and see for your self why me and my family love watching this movie so much.
Rat Race A race for 2 million dollar! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- General information -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Running: 112 minutes Category: Comedy Year: 2001 Director: Jerry Zucker Language: English Country: United States Actors: John Cleese as Donald P. Sinclair Rowan Atkinson as Enrico Pollini Whoopi Goldberg as Vera Baker Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Owen Templeton Seth Green as Duane Cody Jon Lovitz as Randall "Randy" Pear Breckin Meyer as Nick Schaffer Amy Smart as Tracy Faucet -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The story -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The story starts in Las Vegas at the Venetain Resort Hotel Casino, where owner Donald P. Sinclair has come up with a fun idea. He invites a group of rich people for a unique gambling game. Donald has giving 6 random people the chance to win 2 million dollar! These people are selected randomly by a coin and these coins are spread out through the whole casino. The 6 people that get those coins will have to go to the reception and there they are told to go to a big suite. Here Donald tells them they are selected to win 2 million dollar and the only thing they have to do is make sure they are the first one to arrive at Silver City, New Mexico. All 6 people don't really believe it, but when the first person starts running, everybody else follows! Who the first one to arrive? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Acting skills -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The acting is very good in this movie. Not really surprising if you look at the actors that took part in this movie. Whoopi Goldberg plays the part of Vera Baker, who's in Las Vegas to look up for long lost daughter, who she gave up for adoption. They find a coin and are quiet a team together. Especially the daughter is quiet aggressive. Whoopi Goldberg is just as funny as ever and proves that she knows comedy. Rowan Athinks plays the part of Enrico Pollini, a little bit strange guy who can fall a sleep every moment of the day. He looks quiet a lot like Mr. Bean: strange but funny. John Cleese plays the part of Donald P. Sinclair, the owner of the casino who likes to play weird gambling games. It's clear that money is not an issue for him. Really good acting and the actors really make the movie funny. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Extras -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are a few extras on the DVD. You have interviews with the actors and crew of the movie, where they tell how it was to work on the movie and with everybody else. Of course everything was perfect during shooting. You also have bloopers and some deleted scenes, which are quiet fun to watch at. And at last you have a trailer of the movie. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My opinion -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rat race is a really funny movie. First of all you got some famous actors who have proven in their previous movies that they know what comedy is. In this movie they show it again and with a bang! The movie is really well told and there's a lot of funny moment, such as a vengeance full squirrel woman and a Nazi group. There are a lot of things happening in this movie and that makes it so entertaining. The actors are really good at the comedy and together they are a good match. Especially Whoopi Goldberg as Vera Baker and her daughter are really funny.
If the name Jerry Zucker is familiar to some of you it's because he was also the director who directed Airplane many years ago. This latest offering of his Rat Race is also great fun and enjoyable. This movie is very similar to 'It's a mad mad mad mad world' that was released years ago. Rat race is a slapstick comedy and goes back to what this director does best. The great thing about this movie is you don't have to think about things too much. The movie takes place in a casino where six lucky guests are about to get special tokens to send them running after $2 million that is hidden in a safe in Silver City, New Mexico. However, they don't realise that they are after $2 million until the owner of the casino, Donald Sinclair played by John Cleese, tells them all about the hidden loot. Each of the people involved are given a key to open the locker. And so begins a mad race to get to the money first. This is where the fun begins and as said is like a mix between Canonball Run and It's a mad mad mad mad world. The great fun thing about this movie is that each of the competitors go their own way but we catch up with all of them in the course of the film as they each suffer pain and problems along the way. The laughs come through their misfortune. This movie is packed full of gags just like Airplane before it and I loved them all as it's harmless fun. The gags are evenly distributed amongst the characters too. The way the movie is made it does a good job in showing what happens as to each of the characters as they pursue the prize on offer. It's amazing what this amount of money can do to people. The movie is just the right length and didn't drag or get overlong. If you loved any other slapstick comedies or anything else that is like this then you will love it and I recommend it.
As I'm a sucker for comedy films, there was no surprise that I loved Rat Race. It's main advantage is that it has a great cast and a great story which provides a lot of laughter. As I said the cast is great, as it boasts a list of Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean), Cuba Gooding, Jr, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Whoopi Goldberg and John Cleese. The plot of the story is that casino owner John Cleese has a large group of the World's richest people locked away in a private room where there are series of bets being placed by these people. John Cleese also arranges for six lucky people to be brought into the game. For these people to be lucky, they have to win the lucky coin from a casino game. The aim is for John Cleese to provide his guests with some fun, having the six lucky people race each other to New Mexico to win a lot of money. However, as it gets competitive, you find that all of the six people do something outrageous which gives a lot of comedy, and also a lot of trouble. When the race finally comes to an end, there is no surprise that all six people or groups are close to the end together only for it to be stolen and there is a surprise at the end, which I will not tell you just in case you haven't seen it yet... Overall, I would recommend this film to everyone as it's a pure comedy classic and is hilarious. I would give this a 4/5 as I love it.
Rat Race may not be a comedy classic, but it's got a great premise, and a ridiculously high profile cast, consisting of Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jon Lovitz, Lanei Chapman, Seth Green, Kathy Najimy, Vince Vieluf, John Cleese, Breckin Meyer, Kathy Bates, Wayne Knight and Amy Smart. The premise involves six people racing from a Las Vegas casino to a train station in Silver City, New Mexico. The first person there recieves $2m, but there's more to this game than meets the eye - after all, why would eccentric billionaire Donald Sinclair (John Cleese) just set this task on a whim? Whilst a lot of the humour is indeed hit and miss, it's such a delightfully frenzied film with a great cast that these grievances can mostly be overlooked for the first 90% of the time. Unfortunately, the ending is an absolutely horrible mess, serving as not much more than an advertisement for the pop rock band Smashmouth. I defy you not to laugh in cringey excess as one shot cuts to a kid, gleefully shouting "Hey, it's Smashmouth!", before their flavour of the week single starts booming out. A terrible way to end a film that was otherwise quite decent. With a saucy premise and delightful cast, Rat Race is akin to a live-action cartoon, packed with plenty of laughs. However, it is hampered somewhat by an excess of goofiness, and a horribly incongruent ending.
Although I was slightly disappointed with this film the first time around I decided to give it a second go and it was actually a bit funnier second time around, it is still by no means a comedy classic and it does have its faults but I laughed a few times and familiarity meant I appreciated the comedy more accepting that the plot is paper thin and the whole film is more like a pastiche of sketches and comic situations. The plot revolves around a group of individuals all staying or visiting a Las Vegas casino who each wins a token enabling them to enter a secret race, the aim of which is to be the first to arrive at a train station and use one of six identical locker keys to win $2 million. The competition was devised by the casino owner Donald P Sinclair played wonderfully well by John Cleese as an amusing race for his high rollers to bet upon, there are no rules to the race so each person can scheme and cheat, it is simply a first come first served deal. Cast List Breckin Meyer ... Nick Schaffer Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Owen Templeton Seth Green ... Duane Cody Vince Vieluf ... Blaine Cody Whoopi Goldberg ... Vera Baker Jon Lovitz ... Randall 'Randy' Pear Kathy Najimy ... Beverly 'Bev' Pear Rowan Atkinson ... Enrico Pollini John Cleese ... Donald P. Sinclair The cast list is impressive, probably the funiest moments especially when it comes to slapstick style comedy are provided by the two brothers played by Vince Vieluf and Seth Green, two small time con men Vieluf has done some home piercing of his tongue whic has swollen up so much he can only mumble. One of the problems with the film is that it is a bit disjointed and as such it affects your enjoyment however Rowan Atkinson as a narcocleptic mad Italian is an amusing character who is not on screen enough.
Initially, I was put off watching this, thanks to the somewhat Z-list cast list and a non-imaginitive, ubuiqutous storyline. However, I stood to be corrected. For me, what followed, was an under-rated classic, right up there with The Great Race and Its A Mad, Mad, Mad World - movies of a similar vein. John Cleese and Rowan Atkinson are perhaps best known for UK audiences and both do a good job, though I found Rowan's character to be annoyingly over-acted and rather two dimensional. The plot is terrific, with some punchy one-liners, some fantastic slapstick and a great stunt scene involving some monster trucks. No expense was spared and you find yourself rooting for each of the characters as they race to win the jackpot. Some scenes are cringeworthy. The scene involving the little girl defecating out of a window will please younger viewers but was a little too zany for my liking. The theft of Adolf Hitlers car and the scene in the Nazi museum raised a wry smile and was one of the better scenes. All in all, a recommended, light-hearted and zany comedy which doesn't require too much attention and will keep you enthralled throughout. This isn't an epic of Schindlers List variety but is quick-witted enjoyment for young and old alike.
Based on the quality of the cast Rat Race should be an excellent comedy as it boasts a great range of stars however it falls down because there are almost too many good names and none of them get enough screen time to really shine. John Cleese is a rather slimy and eccentric casino owner in Las Vegas who rigs his slot machines to randomly dispense six gold tokens, the winners are invited to attend a buffet in one of his suites and are then given the key to a locker in a train station in a small town over 500 miles away, inside the locker is a fortune in cash and first to get there wins. Unknown to the contestants is that the whole race is a set up to allow some high roller clients of Cleese to gamble on the outcome. Cast List Breckin Meyer ... Nick Schaffer Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Owen Templeton Seth Green ... Duane Cody Vince Vieluf ... Blaine Cody Whoopi Goldberg ... Vera Baker Jon Lovitz ... Randall 'Randy' Pear Kathy Najimy ... Beverly 'Bev' Pear Rowan Atkinson ... Enrico Pollini John Cleese ... Donald P. Sinclair Perhaps the funniest parts of this film are when the action switchs back to the high rollers as they bet on a huge variety of strange bets to pass the time while the race is taking place, one such example is when the pilot lurches their jet plane around like severe turbulence to see who is sick first. Rowan Atkinson is funny as a narcocleptic Italian bloke whose line "I'm in the lead" in a wimpy voice is a bit of a catch phrase at the start of the race as he runs down the stairs and then falls asleep in the lobby of the hotel. Overall too many chefs, in this case comic talent, spoiled the soup of a film in that you just expected more and were left feeling short changed in my opinion. Not the worst comedy I have ever seen but certainly not the best.
$2 million dollars anyone? that is what an eccentric billionaire casino hotel owner (John Cleese) offers 6 people the chance to win if they can get to Silver City, New Mexico and to a locker to which they all have the key to. Whoever gets there first keeps it all. An amazing opportunity for anyone i think you'll agree and so they all set off by various methods of transport, including Hitlers car, hot air balloon and a helicopter on a mad rush to get there before the rest. An amazing cast line up that includes Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Lovitz and Seth Green guarantees that this is a hell of a star packed film. This film is filled with crazy antics and comical moments with each stunt crazier than the last and plenty of moments that'll keep you in stitches, that i can guarantee. Summary: A great film to just sit back and watch and have a good laugh at without having to focus on too much.
A REVIEW ABOUT THE MOVIE What would you do if somebody said you would get $2million if you won a race? I know what i'd say, 'convert the currency into british pounds and you're on!' Yes Rat Race is about a group of people who some might say 'got lucky' and ended up racing to New Mexico to try and win $2million. How did they get involved with that you might ask...well below is a detailed review about this movie and it's characters and how I found the film. WHOSE IN IT? ------ Breckin Mayer - Nick Schaffer Cuba Gooding Jr. - Owen Templeton Seth Green - Duane Cody Vince Vieluf - Blaine Cody Whoopi Goldberg - Vera Baker Lanei Chapman - Merrill Jennings Jon Lovitz - Randall 'Randy' Pear Kathy Najimy - Beverley 'Bev' Pear Rowan Atkinson - Enrico Pollini John Cleese - Donald P. Sinclair Amy Smart - Tracy Faucet Dave Thomas - Harold Grisham It also features Kathy Bates (Misery) as a weird Squirrel lady! WHATS IT ABOUT? ------ It's about 8 people who don't know each other (well apart from Duane and Blaine - brothers, and Vera and Merrill - mother & daughter - so really it's 6 people), who are all staying at the same hotel / casino in Las Vegas. On one particular day, each of them have their go at a fruit machine and when they pull down the lever, each of them win. But, they don't win a jackpot, instead they just win one gold coin with a message on them, 'come to the front desk to receive your prize'. And, of course, each of them in turn go to the front desk to be told they have to be in a certain room by a certain time to receive their prize. Afew are a little sceptical and think it could be a scam but all of them go along to the designated meeting place. The room is like a lush suite. Nicely decorated, with a bar and a great view of Las Vegas. Everybody meets each other and asks the question of 'do you know what we're doing here?', before Donald Sinclair (John Cleese) enters the room. This guy just reeks of money and success and tells them he is the owner of the hotel/casino and he has a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of the people in the room. He sits them all down on this board room style meeting table and explains to them that he wants them to take part in a race. Obviously there are afew frowns and looks of confusion, so he elaborates. He says to them, 'what if i told you that there is a locker in Silver City Train Station, New Mexico. Locker number 001. What if i told you that whoever gets to that locker first, gets the contents inside of locker 001. The locker contains one red gym bag, with $2million inside'. He is looked at with shock and suprise. He then gets his assistant, Harold Grisham (Dave Thomas), to issue each of them a contract to sign. He then issues them all a gold key with the locker number 001 on it, and tells them that the key has a tracking device in it so that he knows where abouts everybody is...he then tells them to race. Everybody is a little confused and questions are asked about how legit this race is...he explains it is completely legitimate and again tells them to race! Sat behind a 2 way mirror are what looks like the entire UN members. But what we, as the viewer, are quick to find out is that these people are actually making bets on who is going to win this race first. The whole table agrees that this 'race' idea is ridiculous, and they leave the room and mingle outside. They all decide it's a stupid idea and they should just continue their vacations or business trips as they were going to, and forget about the race. But, as they all wait for the lift to come up so they can go back down, you can already see that there are looks of regret on peoples faces...Randy Pear is the first to say that he's going to take the stairs instead of the lift...but of course, we the viewer know exactly what he's up to...he's going to try and win this race! Shortly after, Owen Templeton decides he should take the stairs too...and eventually, everybody realises that the race is infact on! SO WHOSE WHO? ------ Breckin Mayer plays Nick Schaffer, a very important lawyer away on business. Breckin is actually due to catch a flight, but instead he participates in a race to win $2million. He is infact the last of the participants to atcually start the race...he goes to the airport, as planned, and waits for his flight...but while he's sat at the bar, he meets a woman who he soon finds out is a helicopter pilot, and 'ka ching'...he's found his quick ticket to New Mexico. He explains everything to her and she agrees to take him, if they split the money 50/50. Amy Smart plays Tracy Faucet, a helicopter pilot who ends up flying Nick Schaffer to New Mexico. However, along the way, she takes a detour and decides to go and visit her boyfriend...but what she sees is not something she likes...a womans car outside of his house, and in the back yard, her boyfriend is getting it on with this woman in the pool. Well Tracy freaks out and attacks both of them with her helicopter! Later on, the engine fails so she and Nick have to find another way of getting to New Mexico. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Owen Templeton, a football referee who at the time of this race, is hated by nearly every single person in the country. He made a decision at a really important football game the weekend before, that caused a popular team to lose. He is now recognised wherever he goes as being 'the rat referee'. Owen has a hilarious journey across to New Mexico and tries to take a cab there...not knowing that the cab driver is actually taking him somewhere to leave him in the middle of a desert. Why? Well, didn't we establish he was the most hated referee in the country. Seth Green plays Duane Cody, a guy whose just on a vacation with his brother Blaine Cody, played by Vince Vieluf. Both are serious about winning this money and even go to the extremes of dismantling the airport signals so that nobody can fly out of Las Vegas! Duane is probably the more sensible of the two. Blaine is abit more dense and has trouble talking after he pierced his tongue himself...which by the way, looks badly infected. Whoopi Goldberg plays Vera Baker, a woman who is meeting her daughter, Merrill Jennings played by Lanei Chapman, for the first time. They meet at the hotel/casino and are quick to depart once they know that they could be the proud owner of $2million in just afew hours if they make it to New Mexico first. They go to great extremes and even steal a rocket car, which sets a new landspeed world record! They even come across a crazy Squirrel Lady (Kathy Bates), who tries to sell them a squirrel...obviously the 2 women say no....but greatly regret it later! Jon Lovitz plays Randall 'Randy' Pear, a family guy on vacation with his wife Beverley 'Bev' Pear, played by Kathy Najimy, and his 2 kids. He attends the meeting with Donald Sinclair on his own, and explains to his wife later that he has to New Mexico on his own. She isn't too happy about this and demands that her and the kids go with him too, much to his dissapointment. This family is just comic and really will go to any lengths to try and get this money in New Mexico. Rowan Atkinson plays Enrico Pollini, a narcoleptic Italian tourist. For those of you that don't know, a narcoleptic person is somebody who overwhelmingly sleeps ALOT throughout the day. It is a real condition. Anyway, Enrico is probably the most enthusiastic person in this race and is a little bit naive sometimes. He is the last person to leave the hotel/casino because he falls asleep on the spot in the lobby! Of course, afew United Nation look-a-likes upstairs in the hotel are quite annoyed at this as they have placed bets that he will win. When he wakes up, he continues the race, and manages to get a really speedy lift of somebody outside of the hotel. OVERALL OPINION? ------ The first time I watched this, I was roaring with laughter. It is so funny. There are so many comic moments in this film, you will cry atleast once with laughter. The cast is great and everyone will recognise atleast one person in this film, probably Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr.Bean). As with most comedies, the humour can become quite predictable...but with this, it doesn't happen that often. The writers have really gone to town with this scipt, it is just genius. I have seen this move twice now, and I would recommend it to anybody looking for something fresh and funny. Admittedly, it does get unrealistic and silly, but it's not stupid. It's just classic comedy that would put a huge smile on my face if ever I was feeling down. This film never appealed to me when it first came out, but when it started being shown on TV, I just decided to give it a go as there was nothing else on...and I did not regret it. It kept me glued as you just want to know who ends up winning this money! Of course, there is a twist at the end, and it's not the predictable twist that you're probably thinking of. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and I think alot of people would too. It gets quite a high score (for a comedy) on iMDB. If you are a user or member of iMDB, you will know that their rating system is not that generous, even an oscar winnings performance can sometimes only get 7/10...so a 6.3/10 for this film, is very good. Give a go...it makes you feel like you are involved in the race the whole way through, and you will of course have your favourite to win. One thing I will say, the ending isn't really...amazing. It's very unrealistic, but that does not stop the film from being the comic genius that it is!
DASH FOR CASH and TAKE THE COW WITH YOU !! CASINO AND GAMBLING WORLD ========================= While surfing we get pop up window declaring us to be winners, call the number given below or click here, you realize the benefactor is actually the beggar, he is earning his nickels and dimes from us. Las Vegas is full of people itching to gamble, what profit can a casino give us, when it depends on us to pay its Bills and wages of employees. The profit of Boss depends on the money we loose. One such Boss is Donald Sinclair(John Cleese) He has devised engaging ways to snare big gamblers to his Casino and his methods. HOW IS COMEDY MADE UP ===================== Comedy requires greater genius than normal intense story film making. Comedy does not have rules, its spontaneous and hence difficult to tap. 2 Con brothers has a plan to make money by tripping on empty glass and squeeze money out of management. Seth Green (Duane Cody) and Vince Vieluf (Blaine Cody) we understand their plot, is it funny if the brothers execute the plan. But no there is another woman trips on the glass and Gloria Allred is just around the corner and doing the very same thing planned by the brothers, thats a foolproof comedy scene. It brings laughs by proxy. Seth Green is dangling from a hot air balloon and crashing into the sides of COWS and few scenes later one of the cow is trapped by the loose rope and gets lifted up in the air with the balloon. The brothers want to pull down the airport radar antenna, by tying it to their jeep and the radar pulls them both up instead of them pulling it down. THE STORY OF THIS FILM ====================== 6 gamblers play the slot machine and get a gold coin, they are Whoopi Goldberg (Vera Baker (1) with her daughter Lanei Chapman (Merrill Jennings) Breckin Meyer (Nick Schaffer(2) a clean lawyer with dreams to become Attorney-General, who avoids breaking a law like leprosy his close friend is peeved with him, he incites him to do something illegal, like stealing a newspaper. Cuba Gooding Jr (Owen Templeton(3) avoids being recognized, because he is infamous match referee whose call caused a match loss. Jon Lovitz (Randy Pear(4) promised his wife he will not gamble and he has to hide his winning from the wife and 2 kids. (5)Seth Green and his brother. (6)Rowan Atkinson (Enrico Pollini) a laid back Italian drifter, Who wants to learn better English. The gold coin is to select 6 people who get a key to the locker on Silver City Railway Station in New Mexico. The keys has radio device fixed in it to track the player movements by the Casino owner Mr.Donald Sinclair, he lures the 6 to ride to the locker the prize is 2 million CASH waiting in the box. Donald Sinclair displays the 6 to other gamblers in his casino and everyone is betting big and small money as he has said to all, I have reduced the odds of winning from 1 in a Million to 1 in 6, his Casino is becoming richer by the minutes, he is getting more money than he is giving away to one of the 6 players. GENERAL MAKEUP ABILITY OF COMEDY WRITERS. ======================================== The 6 players have loads of situations and the development of situations are quiet silly but the consistency in each players events are kept up till the end. The brothers who are conmen are being conned by duplicate key maker and things creep upon them all the time in the film, until a very beautiful girl (Tristin Leffler) who does not have a name in the film, shows her heart to the younger brother Vince Vieluf he falls in love with her and her pierced heart. Cuba Gooding Jr avoids being recognized all the time, but he is recognized by a very angry taxi driver(Paul Rodriguez). All this is developed very artistically and the timings of the scene is kept trim to extract the maximum laugh power. Writer : Andy Breckman Director :Jerry Zucker Producer :Janet Zucker, Jerry Zucker The blending of the laughs with the story and the physical camera works is so smooth, we hardly notice there are no sudden jerks anywhere, you have in this film all types of comedies, the physical, the situational, the dialogues, the out of the world COW dangling on a hot air balloon and enemies squirting milk on each other in their fights are silly all right and timed beautifully to make you laugh. ROWAN ATKINSON and Jon Lovitz ============================= Jon Lovitz (Randy Pear) has a meaty role, he seems to be the main man of this movie, he is hiding the truth from the start to the end, he hides truth from the museum Tour Guide, he is hiding the truth from the biker woman, his situations are very funny and his will to gamble at all cost seems to remind us, how really like a rat we are tuned into the race of making money. Me thinks the Word War II Veterans meet was quiet funny and very creative. Rowan Atkinson(Enrico Pollini) let me tell you this actor is a phenomenon in physical comedy, just let anyone else copy what he does on screen and see if they can bring any laugh. Rowan Atkinson throwing away the ball for the dog to chase will leave you in splits, this is one actor who is a guarantee of laughter, no matter what he is saying and doing, his reputation is not made just like that, you can watch him in this film in a short role but, it is the binding bits into a whole together. Wayne Knight (Zack Mallozzi) must be mentioned on a seperate line he did the role of a Human organs transporter and partner in the journey to Silver City with Rowan Atkinson. His role is very good and he acted very well indeed. I enjoyed Amy Smart (Tracy Faucet) catching the boyfriend with another girl and the exchange she has with Nick Schaffer, her metamorphosis from a cute little pilot to the wrath of devil is one unforeseen situation nobody would have guessed, after all she makes Nick steal the petrol from the tank of a police patrol car, that is how the bad influence of cute girls are strong on nice guys. Yo!! this film is a study in the art of making comedies.
~ ~ Do any of the rest of you have a few comedy movies in your DVD/Video collection that you keep on hand as a sure remedy for the ?blues?, and that will always manage to cheer you up and bring a smile back to your face no matter how bleak and dismal your mood? I know that I certainly do. Some that spring immediately to mind include classics like ?The Full Monty?, the old Scottish-based comedy ?Local Hero?, the golf comedy ?Caddyshack?, and any of the old BBC comedy series, ?Fawlty Towers?. ~ ~ A relatively new addition to my ?raise a smile? collection is the 2001 comedy ?Rat Race? by director Jerry Zucker (Airplane, The Naked Gun, Ghost) and writer Andy Breckman. (Creator of Sgt. Bilko) We happened across it on the Sky Movie listings one evening while we were channel hopping for a film that we would all enjoy, and laughed so long and so loud that I scanned the listings for days afterwards until I eventually managed to find it being repeated, so I could catch it on video. Since then I?ve invested all of £7.99 at Blackstar (blackstar.co.uk) to buy it on DVD, to get the full benefit of watching it on our excellent Philips home theatre system. (I?ll get around to reviewing it one of these days!) ~ ~ The plot of Rat Race is simple enough, and very loosely based on an old 1969 Stanley Kramer comedy called ?It?s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World?. A madcap Las Vegas casino owner called Donald P. Sinclair (John Cleese) has stuck $2 million in a left luggage locker down in New Mexico, and picks people at random who are playing the slot machines in the casino to compete in a wacky race. First to get to the locker gets to keep the ?2 million! Of course, being a casino o wner, he has a hidden agenda, and is more than recouping his $2 million outlay by taking side bets on who will win the race from some of his high roller customers! ~ ~ What makes Rat Race such a truly hilarious movie is its crazy, off-beat humour and the literal galaxy of comedy stars who combine well together to make the plot work. John Cleese is back to his comedic best as the loony casino owner, his slightly stuffy and overbearing English mannerisms contrasting brilliantly with his off-the-wall, zany humour. He has some wonderful one liners, from his opening introduction, ?A meteor the size of North Carolina is heading straight towards the earth?, to his retort when he is told that he simply can?t select people at random to take part in his crazy race. ?I can do anything I like. I'm an eccentric?. ~ ~ The cast of ?racers? is superb. You have Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder, Mr. Bean) as a weird Italian called Enrico Pollini, who?s command of the English language leaves something to be desired. Look out for a great one liner when he spots some cocktail sausages at a party. ?I just love these little cock doggies?. Then you have Vera, (Whoopi Goldberg) who is visiting the casino to meet up with her long lost daughter Merril, (Lanei Chapman) who she gave up for adoption as a baby. (Both mother and daughter decide to participate) Cuba Gooding Jnr. plays an American Football referee called Owen Templeton, who is ?on the run? after making a momentous blunder during a game, and is universally hated by the general public. (He followed up this good comedy part with an absolute stinker of a comedy movie called ?Snow Dogs? the following year, by the way.) There?s Jon Lovitz (who starred for years in the hit comedy/satirical show on American TV, ? Saturday Night Live?) as a regular family man called Randy Pear, who has great difficulty explaining to his wife and two kids why he wants to interrupt their long anticipated Las Vegas vacation to go chasing off across the country. And there are two brothers called Duane and Blaine Cody (Seth Green and Vince Vieluf) who between them hardly have enough brain cells to make up a passable IQ, and who can barely communicate with each other as a result of Blaine?s newly pierced tongue. ~ ~ You want to make sure that you watch this movie with an empty bladder, because some of the scenes will have you literally peeing yourself with laughter! Cuba Gooding Jnr. posing as a coach driver, and driving around a busload of Lucille Ball impersonators on their way to a convention. Jon Lovitz and his Jewish family ?borrowing? an old vintage car from a ?Barbie? museum, only to discover that it once belonged to Adolph Hitler. A woman at the roadside selling orphaned squirrels, and giving less than accurate directions to anyone who refuses to buy one from her. And watch out for the flying cows, and the hot-air balloons. I could go on and on giving you examples of the crazy humour in this side-splitting comedy, but to do so would spoil your enjoyment of the film. These few examples should give you some sort of idea what to expect though. Rat Race works on all sorts of levels, and has something that will appeal to most folk?s sense of humour. Best of all, the actors work well together, with nobody trying to hog the limelight or steal the show, despite them all being stars in their own right. ~ ~ Highly, highly recommended by the mad cabbie, and a movie that I?ll return to again and again when I want a good belly laugh. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ DVD EXTRA ;S AND FEATURES ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ OK. I always find this the hard bit, because a lot of the ?gobbledigook? (technical specifications) don?t mean a hell of a lot to me. But for those of you who are interested in such things, I?ll include them anyways. 2.35:1 Anamorphic Wide Screen. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ Not too sure what ?anamorphic? means, but I like the wide screen bit, as I have a wide screen TV! And the colours, definition, and transfer onto disc all seem to have worked well, with no obvious shimmering of the picture or unrealistic hues and tones. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound or alternatively Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound in either French or English. This movie isn?t a ?Rambo? or ?Triple X? type feature, that really makes use of all the different speakers on a home theatre system. But the sound clarity is very clear and not distorted, and the subwoofer and front and rear speakers kick into action from time to time. Certainly an improvement on the VHS tape I originally had the movie recorded on! ?Making Of Rat Race? Feature ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ This lasts for around 20 minutes, and is broken up into various sub-categories like ?The Set-Up?, ?The Players?, and ?On The Road?. There are some interesting interviews with both the actors and the film crew, and it gives you a bit of an inside look at how the movie took shape and was made. Interview With The Director And Writer ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ Jerry Zucker (Director) and Andy Breckman (writer) talk briefly (about 10 minutes) about their different roles in the movie, how it was conceived, and what it is that makes it so funny. (In their opinion) An interesti ng insight into what made the movie tick. Deleted Scenes ~~~~~~~ ~ ~ Six scenes that didn?t quite make it to the final version of the movie, but all very funny in their own right, and introduced by the director Jerry Zucker. There?s also a series of ?out-takes?, which are extremely humourous, and which have been set to music. One particular scene where actors Vince Vieluf and Seth Green repeatedly fluff their lines, and subsequently suffer from a fit of the giggles, is an absolute hoot! Theatrical Trailer ~~~~~~~ ~ ~ Just what it says. A trailer for the movie. Scene Selection ~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ This allows you to find your favourite part of the movie easily and simply, without having to fast-forward (or reverse) as you have to with a VHS tape. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rated PG-13 (Some mild sexual references, some bad language, and a wee bit of nudity) Running Time - 112 minutes (of pure unadulterated humour) Available BlackStar £7.99 (DVD) £4.99 (VHS) Amazon UK £14.39 (DVD) £5.99 (VHS) Distributed By - Pathe Distribution Ltd. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ © KenJ March 2004 ~~~~~~~~~~~~
It's Saturday night and time to see what Sky Movies has to offer as a premier. This week it's Rat Race, a screwball comedy from the director of Airplane with a decent cast. I'd heard mixed things about the film and it wasn't on I was really bothered about watching. But with nothing else to do I decided to give it a go. The plot goes something like this. Nine people are all at a Las Vegas casino for one reason or another. Each of them plays a slot machine and wins a coin. This coin buys them into a race organised by the Casino owner Donald P Sinclair (John Cleese). The race is 563 miles to a small town in New Mexico; each of them has a key to a locker containing $2 million in cash. The first one there gets to keep it all to themselves. All these people set off on their own separate journeys in search of the reward. Unknown to them is the fact they?re part of a racehorse style bet which Sinclair is staging for wealthy businessman. Rat Race is can certainly be deemed as screwball. Although I'm surprised that quite a few opinions on this site have found the film a complete laugh riot. There are a few smirks and chuckles along the way as well as one pretty funny joke. But to me that doesn't constitute great comedy. In some ways this could be deemed old fashioned and harmless fun. To me most of it was just way too stupid and surreal to make it truly funny. The best jokes are normally when Jon Lovitz is on screen, he's with his family on vacation and they're hampering his journey towards the money. The best moment of the film is when they get into an accident that leads them to a WWII convention with funny results. I actually thought this moment was inspired. It's just too bad that the rest of it doesn't match up. One of the more annoying segments is Cuba Gooding Jr's journey as he drives a coach full of 'I Love Lucy' enthusiasts. Their wailing just grated on me while Rowan Atkinson's silly Italian m an was a bit too much. I'm a fan of director David Zucker's previous comedies such as Top Secret and his contributions to the Naked Gun series. Of course Airplane is one of the funniest movies of all time, but Rat Race is something that just has a below par feeling, it's too tacky right from the naff opening credits. Plus it has an ending that features the compulsory Smash Mouth sequence. If you don't know what I mean well Smash Mouth are a band who done that song ?All Star?, since it' release I think it's ppeared in more movies than I care to remember. It?s too bad it all fizzles out to something so mundane. Maybe it was just the mood I was in or perhaps it?s just that comedy has moved on since the likes of Airplane. I know find my laughs in the likes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, something that is bit more smarter. By all means if your humour has no boundaries then give Rat Race a look. Just don?t expect much.
Rat race stars to many celebrities to mention... well, here's a few of them: Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Junior, Seth Green, Jon Lovitz, Breckin Meyer, and Amy Smart. I'm sure you have at least heard of 3 of them. It's starts off with all of these poeple in LAs Vegas. None of them are connected, until they win the chance to have a meeting with Donald Sinclair (John Cleese). He is the owner of the Venecian hotel where they are all staying. He gives them all the opportunity to win 2,000,000 dollars. Basically, all he says that the money is in a locker several states away, and that the 1st won who gets there, wins it. Simple! This is where the adventure starts. You may experience some tears rolling down your face throughout this mad, manic and hilarious film. Without giving much away, the worlds fastest car is stolen, there is a hotair-ballooning cow (literally), an unfortunate coach journey, and the Barbie museum. It'll all be clear after you have watched this. The DVD has many extra features. It has the usual 'Making of', commentary, outtakes, interviews, and a few other bits 'n bobs. I love this movie. It really iss worth a watch. I dont know for sure, but I remember watching a film a very long time ago called 'Money Mania' where it is the same sort of storyline. And so if you remember that, and you liked it, this will probabaly be 10 times better. It's non stop action, for 107 minutes. The directer, Jerry Zucker, also did such movies as Airplane and the Naked Gun series, so you can tell what kind of movie it is. It's fantastic. In the UK, its rated a 12, so most people who are interested in it can watch it. 2 random facts about the film: 1) Jerry Zucker's mum appears in the movie as one of the 'I love Lucy' fanatics, and 2) this si the first ever film to star 2 Black oscar winners. These are of course Cuba Gooding Junior, and Whoopi Goldberg. I cannot recommend this enough.
Rat Race ought to be far less enjoyable than, in the end, it is. Studded with C-list stars, it has a heartless and derivative premise: a group of no-hopers racing across country for a stash of money for the amusement of a casino owner (John Cleese) and a group of high rollers who will bet on anything. Yet their adventures along the way are inventive: for example, lost in the desert Cuba Gooding Jr ends up stealing a coach only to find it full of Lucille Ball impersonators who go "Waaah!" in chorus whenever anything goes wrong. Even the slapstick is inventive: director Jerry Airplane Zucker and writer Andy Breckman do interesting things with hot-air balloons, a narcoleptic Rowan Atkinson, emergency organ transporters and Hitler's Mercedes Benz. All of the characters, from Breckin Meyer's smugly careful lawyer to Seth Green's shabby little con man, discover in the end that they have hearts, that some things are more important than money and that sometimes it is the journey that matters. Of course, these are all colossal sentimental clichés and yet the film has a sweet-natured quality that sells them to us. On the DVD: Rat Race is presented with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and Dolby 5:1 sound that delivers all of the snappy dialogue clearly. It comes with generous extras, including a gag reel, the theatrical trailer, an outtake where Seth Green completely fails to keep a straight face, a good-humoured interview with writer and director, a disappointing making-of documentary and some deleted scenes (with a couple that should not be missed). --Roz Kaveney