Rat Race (2001)


“I have lost my heart many times before. [laughs] I make a joke to help you forget how screwed you are.” – Enrico Pollini

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (6 May 2002, DVD, cable and 19 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A group of six random guests at a Las Vegas Hotel are entered into a high stakes competition where they must race against each other in order to be the winner who will receive a million dollars.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have always had a soft spot for since I’ve been a fan of the film It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) which has a very similar premise.

They manage to keep things quite funny the whole time as they give us a modern day version of that classic race between strangers for a hidden fortune.

The way the premise is presented is a bit silly yet makes sense in this day and age.

The cast is amazing to watch and is filled with some great comedic actors and even some dramatic ones who manage to do comedy well too.

The standout among the whole cast is Rowen Atkinson as an Italian tourist whose English is far from perfect.

Many of the characters tho could be considered the best since each of them have some great scenes which are hilarious.

Some of the scenarios that the characters get themselves into are pretty funny and fits Director Jerry Zucker’s brand of humor quite well.

Who else could have a Jewish family visit a Nazi museum?  Or have a busload of Lucy impersonators driving one of the characters crazy? or give a character narcolepsy which makes him stop mid-sentence and fall asleep even if he is standing up?

This story isn’t as enjoyable as the aforementioned race film or even as exciting as an episode of The Amazing Race, but it still has enough funny moments to make it worth a watch.

Bottom Line – Really fun modern version of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) that manages to keep things quite funny the whole time even if the premise is a bit silly. The cast is amazing and Atkinson stands out among the rest yet a case can be made for many of them since they all ave a few great funny scenes.  Some of the scenarios that they get themselves into are pretty funny and are typical Zucker brand humor; who else would have a Jewish family visit a Nazi museum or create a busload of Lucy impersonators?  The story isn’t as exciting as the aforementioned race film and also isn’t as enjoyable as the Amazing Race, yet it definitely has enough moments to make it worth a look. Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On a highway location, while traffic was clearing, the motorists would rubberneck to see who the star was. One day, Cuba Gooding Jr. decided to “moon” the motorists driving by. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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