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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A sweet little flick

Author: dushkufan from Perth, Australia
8 February 2003

I thought that Race the Sun was a cute little movie; ironically I've read on-line that it's how poor Eliza Dushku became addicted to cigarettes at age 15! Anyways, the Australian outback is portrayed well (duh,' twas filmed in Sydney I also heard!) Race the Sun is a timeless family movie; based loosley around the true story of a group of under-achieving haawian school-kids who set out to win a solar car race in Australia

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

After School Special

Author: CaptionsGirl from Burbank, CA
7 January 2002

I give this movie a C+. It is a cute after-school special type of movie. The most amusing part is the terrible German accent Steve Zahn affects. Other than that, I'd say it's good for your 10 year old audience.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Predictable but harmless.

Author: gridoon
12 October 2001

This movie is utterly, drearily predictable, but it's pretty harmless as well. You've seen this story many times before, and seeing it once more won't hurt, since it's reasonably well-told here. The enthusiastic cast helps a lot, and Halle Berry.....well, let's just say that she's a feast for the eyes. (**)

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Better than I expected

Author: skeetsmiller from United States
2 July 2001

I do have to admit that the only reason I rented Race the Sun was because Sara Tanaka( Margaret Yang from "Rushmore")was in it. Rushmore is one of my favorite movies, but I especially think that Sara Tanaka was good in it. Well anyway, back to the review, I heard quite a lot of negative things about the movies, but I decided to check it out anyway. I was quite surprised. The story about a group of poor students from Hawaii competing in a solar-car race in Australia was well-acted, interesting, and fun. I was kind of disappointed that Sara Tanaka wasn't given enough screentime, but it was still quite an entertaining movie, and Sara Tanaka gave another good performance.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Enjoyable but dubious Australian accents.

Author: startide from Australia
25 September 2000

The worst thing about this movie is the accent the American producers obviously thought Robert Hughes needed in his role as a journalist, I have NEVER heard an Australian accent like this ever. It's cringey, and cliched but an okay film. Think Cool Runnings in the Outback.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Good Movie

Author: robin bazard from hawaii
13 February 1999

I guess I can relate to this movie being it's based on a true story of some kids from Hawaii (where I'm from) building a solar energized car. When you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Do not be itimidated by anyone or anything. It's kind of funny hearing the kids talk the local slang. Hows it!

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Very enjoyable indeed.

Author: Enoch Law from Sydney, Australia
2 October 1998

'Race the Sun' is a very enjoyable movie indeed. The story of overcoming adversity and succeeding to overturn stereotypes is given a new application here through the across-Australia solar challenge. The young cast does an attractive, appealing job, and are extremely good to watch. So too are the on-location shots in outback Australia which are nothing but superb. The music is also extremely apt and provide a fabulous atmosphere for the film. A great family movie. 8 out of 10.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Not so much Halle's movie

Author: Musiq_One from United Kingdom
19 April 2004

The opening begins with Halle as Sandra Beecher fleeing from a broken marriage and setting up new in a working class section of Hawaii.

The English teacher takes a job as a Science teacher and at this point I'm thinking "Dangerous Minds: Hawaiian Style." The classroom is similar a working class neighbourhood, run down school and disruptive kids. But Ms Beecher, who takes the lead in the first quarter of the movie tries to inspire the kids and butts heads with James Belushi's Frank Machi. The experienced engineering teacher.

The rest of the movie really belongs to the kids. After a clash between a rich school at a science fair Ms Beecher makes the kids go to they are inspired to build a solar power car to race in and earn their school a better rep. Leading this pack is outcasted, because he's white, ambitious Daniel Webster superbly played by Casey Affleck and the heartwarming, Gilbert a standout character played by J. Moki Cho (who unfortunatley does not have much of a filmography at this point). Roped in is the troubled sister of Daniel, Cindy with a solid peformance by Eliza Dushku and a whole host of other characters each one memorable and stand out. Together they build their hopes, learn from each other and not too sound cheesy but they really do race the sun.

This would have been a great family film had it not been for the language. But if that doesn't put you off then I would suggest watching it with them. It really is a a good solid movie. I watched it over a week ago at 3am because i couldn't sleep but it still has stuck with me.

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Good movie for tough kids

Author: ddbernhardt from San Francisco
17 May 2016

My friend put it this way: This movie is "Dangerous Minds" without the violence and with a positive message.

I showed this to my class of 6th graders at a Title 1 school at the end of a unit about solar energy. The casting is GREAT, the story line is a little hackneyed but typical of the genre, and I had my toughest students on the edge of their seats. One class actually CHEERED, for real.

A great movie for showing in a classroom. There are a few cuss words (s***, b****) but it only adds to the story - these characters are tough kids, and my tough kids relate to them.

8/10 (personal) 10/10 (for showing a class)

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Boring plot, bad characters

Author: alexis-368-973240
12 May 2012

Interesting idea for a movie: An out-of-this world science fair project being put to the test. However, there are too many events in the movie. There always has to be some kind of issue or dilemma every five-ten minutes, making the movie very tiring to watch. Solar cars are cool, but a full-length feature film about making one doesn't strike me as interesting. The main character cannot work with the rest of the team (annoying) and there is too much DRAMA. I have no doubt that other movies have been made about THE ULTIMATE COMPETITION or WHO IS GOING TO WIN THE TROPHY. Too many movies have used this kind of plot and there is nothing new. There are no interesting scientific facts either about electric cars that make the movie unique.

The ending is predictable and the acting could use some work too.

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