August Rush

  • PG
  • Kirsten Sheridan (2007)
  • US
  • 108 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Oliver Twist gets a contemporary makeover in this schmaltzy urban fairy tale about a young musical genius. Evan, the orphan of this tale, is played by Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and is the result of a one-night stand between classical cellist Keri Russell and roguish rock musician Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Desperate to find his parents (who are unaware of his existence), Evan flees his orphanage and heads to New York. There his prodigious musical gifts win the attention of Wizard (Robin Williams), a Fagin-like Pied Piper who controls a group of busking street kids and nicknames him August Rush. Unlike the violent fantasy of Irish director Kirsten Sheridan's debut Disco Pigs, this glossily sentimental movie is pitched at pre-teens. That's probably just as well, since its woefully contrived storyline and overcooked mumbo jumbo about the mystical power of music are too ridiculous for most adults to endure.

Plot Summary

Fantasy drama starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Robin Williams. A thwarted love affair between two musicians leaves young Evan Taylor growing up in a home for boys. Informed that his parents are alive, he is determined to find them, firmly believing that music is the force that will reunite them.

Cast and crew


Evan Taylor / August Rush
Freddie Highmore
Lyla Novacek
Keri Russell
Louis Connelly
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Richard Jeffries
Terrence Howard
Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace
Robin Williams
William Sadler
Leon Thomas III
Jamia Simone Nash


Kirsten Sheridan

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD
Released 23 Nov 2007
Certificate PG
Contains mild language, violence and threat