Title: Rat Race (remake of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World)
Starring: Amy Smart, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Bates, Breckin Meyer, Cuba Gooding Jr, John Lovitz, and more
Directed by: Jerry Zucker
Summary: (From IMDB): A Las Vegas casino magnate, determined to find a new avenue for wagering, sets up a race for money.
What we fondly remember: I only remembered John Lovitz, who, frankly, annoys me, so I’d disregarded this movie until now.
What was refreshing: It’s fun for adults, because it’s so chock full of celebs, and fun for kids, because it really is quite funny. There’s both silly humor (a cow being lifted up in a hot air balloon) and I-shouldn’t-be-laughing humor (a family stealing Hitler’s town car). And then there’s Kathy Bates selling squirrels…
Red flags: Language. And two other moments to look out for: near the end, a girl in a car flashes topless (you don’t see it, but see the guy’s reaction to it), and at the very beginning, the synopsis of an adult pay-per-view movie is described. Not a great way to start…
Kids’ Review: They loved it, as in laughing-out-loud-hysterically for 122 minutes loved it. The premise wasn’t hard to understand (it’s a race) and though there are a lot of characters, it’s easy to follow everyone’s (simple) story lines.
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