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
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Very funny and entertaining. You're bound to have a good time. *** (out of four)
RAT RACE / (2001) *** (out of four
"Rat Race" revives a genre Hollywood has neglected since the sixties: the
big event, ensemble chase comedy. Who better to breathe life into the
subject than Jerry Zucker, the mastermind behind the "Naked Gun" films, and
"Airplane," two of the most hilarious movies I have seen. After years of
directing straight dramas, Zucker says he is thrilled to be back doing
comedy. "It's very visual and there are lots of big visual stunts," Zucker
explains in the film's production notes, "kind of a James Bond comedy in a
way because there are so many sight gags."
Good comparison-"Race Race" is indeed a visual comedy. Its laugh-a-minute
attitude works for the creative situations. The audience does not
necessarily laugh at every single joke the movie throws, but the humor is
timed well. "Rat Race" also contains a terrific cast and provides enough
laughs to be worthy of at least one viewing.
John Cleese stars as the eccentric Las Vegas casino tycoon named Donald
Sinclair. He wants to keep his wealthy, high stakes gamblers interested in
his gambling techniques so he arranges a new, quasi-legal sporting event for
them to bet on: a human rat race.
Sinclair randomly places six golden coins in several different slot
machines. The customer service sends the winners to a large banquet room
where the characters learn of a two million dollar jackpot resting in a
duffel bag, inside a locker, within the city of Silver City, New
Mexico-seven hundred miles away. The fist one there keeps all of the money,
tax-free. " the odds of winning are one and six " explains Sinclair.
"There's only one rule: there are no rules!"
The players include a vast variety of different characters. There is Vera
Baker (Whoopi Goldberg), who, after giving her child up for adoption as a
baby, has decided to meet her daughter, Merrill (Lanai Chapman). Owen
Temleton (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), an NFL coach who recently blew an important
game, has come to the sin city to forget his horrendous mistake. Mr. Pollini
(Rowan Akinson from "Bean") is an exuberantly cheerful, but narcoleptic,
Italian fellow. Randy Pear (Jon Lovitz), and his family is vacationing when
he slips off to play slots and wins the chance of a lifetime. The Cody
brothers (Seth Green and Vince Vieluf), are first to cause trouble in any
crowd. Finally, Nick (Breckin Meyer) a skeptical young lawyer-in-training,
meets a charming young woman (Amy Smart), and encounters plenty of
adventures with her.
"Rat Race" offers plenty of hit and miss humor. Much of it misses, but much
of it hits the mark as well. The majority of the humor is physical and
exaggerated. Very little offers sharp, witty satire on any part of culture.
The film says something about greed in a zany sort of way, but for the most
part this is just a two hour laugh riot, nothing more, nothing less.
However, this is a tricky script to write, and for the overall result to
provide this much effective comic material, Andrew Breckman's ingenious
script is indeed successful. It's not easy writing a comedy like this, and
Breckman does indeed run into a few problems in the overcrowded plot. Even
more difficult is creating a conclusion for a story like this. No matter how
you end it, you are certain to displease at least some audience members.
Breckman has found a way to have his cake and eat it too. I would never
dream of revealing how this race concludes itself, but I will say it is not
exceedingly satisfying, but sure does work over the obvious other
"Rat Race" is one of the funniest movies of the year. It's energetic,
irrelevant, and entertaining. You are sure to have a decent time.
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