Video/DVD Stats & Links
Meyer, Amy Smart, Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vieluf, Seth Green,
Lanei Chapman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy,
Rowan Atkinson, Newman, Mr. Bean, John Cleese, Dave Thomas,
Wayne Night, Kathy Bates
Paramount Home Video
||Not too young, but the teens
might enjoy it.
||It's a comedy. Go ahead and
snuggle on the couch.
||Cuba Gooding, Jr., runs around in
his boxers and there's a hooker but she keeps her clothes
on. Most of anything is light talk and a side boob
||It's a race to get two millions
dollars. Lots of running around.
||From start to finish.
||Too many to mention.
||"Naked, sailor hat, jacuzzi,
Pepto Bismal, toenails, and a shaved buttocks."
Cool Things About the DVD
||Put it in French
and read the English subtitles.
|Buy a New TV!
||It's available in
widescreen. Always a good reason to buy a new TV.
|Buy a New
It's a comedy, and it is in 5.1 surround, but it doesn't make
too much of a difference.
||It's got your
standard fare of outtakes, a gag reel, and director's
interview, but nothing that makes the DVD stand out.
I really enjoyed "Rat Race" when I saw it in the theaters, and
was a little hesitant when I rented the DVD, but in the end it
proved just as good as a rental as I remembered it in the theater.
A Video/DVD Review
The story for "Rat Race" isnít really new. Basically
itís your "race of a group of different people to win the big
prize and the stories of how each of them try to make it there"
movie. Sometimes those movies work, sometimes they donít. Happily
for me "Rat Race"
This movies gives you John Cleese as Donald Sinclair. He's
an eccentric, Las Vegas casino owner always trying to milk more
money from the super-rich folks. To do so he cooks up this
challenge for six lucky teams. The teams are chosen by various
individuals winning a gold coin out of a slot machine, and his
challenge for the teams - be the first to get to Silver City, NM,
and get $2 million dollars from a train locker which you are given
the key to open. In it for Sinclair is he has the super-rich
folks betting on who is going to win the race. So, just as
eccentric as Sinclair are the six teams which break down like this:
- Breckin Meyer is Nick. He's an attorney always doing
everything by the book. He thinks this whole thing is a
scam, so at the airport instead of trying to figure out the
quickest way to New Mexico, well Nick works the hot Tracey (Amy
Smart). His working her eventually leads to the two of
teaming up since she flies a helicopter.
- Whoopi Goldberg is Vera. She's in Vegas to find her
daughter, Merrill (Lanei Chapman), who Vera abandoned.
Merrill is struggling in her own business, and their travels to
the treasure are hampered by their not buying a squirrel.
- Duane (Seth Green) and Blaine (Vince Vieluf) are brothers
looking for fortune by faking an accident so they can sue
someone. Neither are really the brains of the bunch and
Blaine is hampered by a recent tongue piercing.
- Randy (Jon Lovitz) kinda reminds me of Clark Griswold from
"National Lampoon's Vacation". He's on vacation
with his family but ditches them as quick as possible to hit the
slot machines. He wins the gold coin, learns of the prize,
lies to his wife about a job in New Mexico, but his wife, Bev
(Kathy Majimy), won't let him go without her and the kids so
it's off in the family truckster where kids always having to go
to the bathroom is a huge distraction when you're in a race.
- Do you remember the NFL coin flip that seemed to have been
screwed up? Well, Owen (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is a referee
who had the same thing happen to him and even though he shaved
his mustache, well, people still recognize him. Two
million dollars would really help him fade into a life of
obscurity and somehow he figures out how to drive a bus.
- And finally, Enrico (Rowan Atkinson who you'd probably
remember as Mr. Bean), is the kooky foreigner who also happens
to be slightly narcoleptic. Eventually he is helped for a
while by Zack (Wayne Night) who's driving an ambulance making an
organ transplant delivery.
Alright, so these are the teams, and as expected each have their
own adventure to be the winner, and with Jerry Zucker being the
director you can expect that each adventure will be wacky.
Personally I won't go into their adventures as each has their own
high points, and as funny as the team's adventures are, just as
funny are the various other bets Sinclair comes up with for his millionaires
as they wait for the winner. In the genre of an
"Airplane" or "Naked Gun", well, you can expect
what kind of humor might be present and I'll tell you what, just
about all of that kind of humor is there.
What really makes this movie work, even with the easy to work
with jokes, is that all of the characters fit their roles perfectly.
Lovitz is great as the Clark Griswold style dad, Breckin as Nick
goes through the transformation of never doing anything against the
law to doing anything to try and win, especially with his new girl, superbly
(and Amy is hot and has some of the best facial expressions I've
seen), and, well, I'll quit saying everyone was great and explaining
why and just say everyone was great.
What was really surprising, and I almost forgot it could
be done, is you could get a 4 1/2 star comedy without the so much of
humor that has become so prevalent in movies. Sure, there were
some gross skits, but not nearly on the level of most films that
have come out recently nor so over the top. That was just as
refreshing as seeing great actors to great jobs and make a great
As far as the DVD, there's nothing too special about it other
than it's a DVD. The deleted scenes were thankfully deleted,
the outtakes weren't too funny, and commentary usually doesn't add
too much to a movie like "Rat Race." In the end, though, I'm
giving "Rat Race" 4 1/2 Stars out of 5. It was a surprisingly
good movie in the theater, and held up well on DVD.
That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!!