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Rat Race (2001)

Released 2001 Rating (UK) 12
Source of story Apparently “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” from 1963
Writer/s Script Andy Breckman
Director Jerry Zucker
Starring Nick Schaffer, Cuba Gooding Jr, Seth Green, Vince Vieluf, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Lovitz, Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Amy Smart
Elevator Pitch An eccentric casino owner encourages his high rollers to bet on a race between half a dozen randomly selected people from Las Vegas to Silver City where the winner will collect two million dollars from a railway station locker.
Content A whole load of maniac set pieces as the different competitors get into trouble. These include a truck being accidentally wound up the side of a radar tower, a visit to a “Barbie Museum” which turns out to be a memorial to Claus Barbie, a bus disaster involving a load of “I Love Lucy” fans, a cow hanging from a hot air balloon, and a incident prone human heart transport.
A View Had I known anything about the director I would have known what to expect, and I was underwhelmed, although the critics did not totally dismiss it and the general public quite liked it. So it is just a matter of taste. In general the extremely talented cast is under used. If you are a fan of any of them choose something else they have been in.

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