MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 402 this week

Rat Race (2001)

6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 85,425 users   Metascore: 52/100
Reviews: 494 user | 107 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

A Las Vegas casino magnate, determined to find a new avenue for wagering, sets up a race for money.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 14 Dec 2010
 
a list of 34 titles
created 04 Mar 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 29 Jun 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Rat Race" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Rat Race (2001)

Rat Race (2001) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Rat Race.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After a sudden attack on the MI5, Johnny English, Britain's most confident yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain's only spy.

Director: Peter Howitt
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia
Road Trip (2000)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Four friends take off on an 1800 mile road trip to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a girl friend.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier.

Director: Oliver Parker
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West
Maybe Baby (2000)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A comedy about a couple (Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson) who are trying to conceive a child.

Directors: Ben Elton, Hugh Laurie
Stars: Hugh Laurie, Joely Richardson, Matthew Macfadyen
Keeping Mum (2005)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair and his children are up to no good.

Director: Niall Johnson
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith
Full Throttle (TV Movie 1995)
Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Mark Chapman
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Karen Cooper
EuroTrip (2004)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends.

Directors: Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg
The Rat Race (1960)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune. He soon meets a taxi dancer, moves in with her, and before too long a romance develops.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Oakie
Unseen Bean (Video 1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

That incorigable Mr. Bean is back! First, he's attending an open house day at school where he raises an uproar in art class, and wreaks havoc on the science lab. Next, Mr. Bean ... See full summary »

Director: John Birkin
Stars: Rowan Atkinson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Hotel Clerk
...
Carrie Diamond ...
Casino Bartender
...
Guy at Bar
Chris Myers ...
Kevin Frazier ...
...
...
Herself
...
Renée Lee ...
Witness in Crowd
Corinna Harney ...
Cocktail Waitress (as Corinna Harney Jones)
Jane C. Walsh ...
Cocktail Waitress
...
...
Merrill Jennings (as Lanai Chapman)
Edit

Storyline

Donald P. Sinclair has placed six separate gold coins in different slot machines in his casino. The lucky six who find these coins discover an opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to own $2 million. Locked up in a locker in New Mexico, these six contestants must now race each other, to be the first to the cash. There are no rules in place and everything that could possibly happen, does. Whilst, behind the scenes, Sinclair's associates are placing their bets. Written by Film_Fan

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

race | casino | locker | money | museum | See All (82) »

Taglines:

563 miles. 9 people. $2 million. 1001 problems!

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

17 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rat Race  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,320,394 (Germany) (30 August 2002)

Gross:

$1,320,394 (Germany) (30 August 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Pro wrestler Dallas Page had a cameo in the movie that was cut when test audiences failed to give his appearance any reaction. See more »

Goofs

When the State Trooper runs out of gas the sirens die out, this would not happen. The lights and sirens have nothing to do with gas, only the battery. See more »

Quotes

Tracy Faucet: So what's wrong with her?
Nick Schaffer: Who?
Tracy Faucet: Your sister. You said it was serious.
Nick Schaffer: Oh yeah... shark bite.
Tracy Faucet: Shark bite?
Nick Schaffer: Yeah.
Tracy Faucet: And they took her to Silver City?
Nick Schaffer: Yeah, they have a really good shark attack unit there.
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the cast members dance to and sing along to "All Star" at a Smash Mouth concert See more »

Connections

Spoofs Deep Impact (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

All Star
by Greg Camp
Performed by Smash Mouth
Produced by Eric Valentine
Smash Mouth performs courtesy of Interscope Records / Universal Music Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Refreshingly inventive comedy
3 January 2002 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen "It's a Mad ... etc. World" (is it four Mads or five? I can never remember), so it's not fair to make comparisons - but the changes I know about sound as though they're improvements. The sum of money in the original film was $350 000; this time it's $2 million, which (adjusting for inflation) is considerably less. In the original the money was a fifteen-year-old buried treasure; here, it's just money. An eccentric squillionaire has put it in a locker without explanation. WE get an explanation, of sorts, but the racers do not - so there is no romance attached to the prize, which means that all of their actions are PURE expressions of greed. (John Cleese is the squillionaire, and while his cameo in "The World Is Not Enough" proved that he could, with the right material, fail to be funny, he and his coterie of wealthy compulsive gamblers are hilarious here. It's good counterpoint humour, since they're actually the least greedy, most disinterested people involved in the chase.)

A criticism levelled at the original was that innocent, well-meaning bystanders got hurt - that it was meant to be a joke when their property was destroyed, but the joke wasn't funny. "Rat Race" avoids being open to the same charge by making the world an even more venal one. The ambulance-chasing lawyer, the live organ courier, the quirky roadside squirrel-seller, the key-cutter, the garage mechanic, the neo-Nazis, the vengeful taxi driver ... all these people have less attractive personalities than any of the racers. Only a few of them are punished, but among them are the only outsiders to be punished at all. (With the exception, I'll admit, of people we never see, like the anonymous owners of cars that are run over in the parking lot.)

Whoopi Goldberg plays it straight, which suits her. I can't fault the acting anywhere, but I do wish that Rowan Atkinson hadn't been cast as the loopy, dim-witted Italian (I can't see this picture playing in Italy at all). To be sure, he brings the role off, and he's the only person who could have done so - but he would have been funnier if he'd been allowed to be more intelligent, to have a little more rat cunning hiding beneath the surface. (For half a second, he DOES exhibit cunning: it's by far his funniest moment.)

All scenes before the race is announced fall flat. Timing and motivation just weren't there, and I even wondered afterwards if Zucker had handed his establishing scenes to an ungifted underling. But I don't want to carp at a funny film by saying it could have been funnier. Things pick up considerably as soon as John Cleese outlines the central premise; from then on the film is never less than inventive, and even if (for some reason) you don't find it funny, you must admit that those involved at least had the right IDEA about comedy.


27 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anybody else randomly quote lines from Rat Race? BastienSanpharo
Am I the only one who thought it sucked? gxsdg
Favorite Line Coasterfreak10
A Bus Load of Lucy's! SerenityGirl88
Vicky julekmeister
Incredibly funny, Seth Green is golden haraldfriedchicken
Discuss Rat Race (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?