Rat Race

  • 12
  • Jerry Zucker (2001)
  • US / Can
  • 107 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Fans of 1960s caper movie It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World will enjoy this infectiously silly film that's packed with celebrities and gags. John Cleese - complete with the maddest set of dentures ever seen on film - plays the billionaire casino owner who decides to give his high-rolling gamblers something unusual to bet on: the outcome of a race from Las Vegas to a locker a few hundred miles away in New Mexico that just happens to contain $2 million. A group of ordinary people are given the chance to get their hands on the loot - the only rule being that whoever gets there first, takes the cash. Among those in the hunt are a narcoleptic Italian (Rowan Atkinson), a recently reunited mother and daughter (Whoopi Goldberg and Lanai Chapman), two idiot brothers (Seth Green and Vince Vieluf) and a nagging Jewish husband and wife (Jon Lovitz and Kathy Najimy) who manage to run into a band of neo-Nazis en route. It may be an old-fashioned chase movie with jokes as ancient as the hills, but it's still a fun diversion.

Plot Summary

Comedy from the co-director of Airplane!, starring John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg and Cuba Gooding Jr. Anything goes when an eccentric Las Vegas billionaire sends a group of underachieving strangers on a race to retrieve $2 million from a locker in New Mexico.

Cast and crew


Vera Baker
Whoopi Goldberg
Donald Sinclair
John Cleese
Owen Templeton
Cuba Gooding Jr
Enrico Pollini
Rowan Atkinson
Randy Pear
Jon Lovitz
Beverly Pear
Kathy Najimy
Duane Cody
Seth Green
Nick Schaffer
Breckin Meyer
Tracy Faucet
Amy Smart
Wayne Knight
Paul Rodriguez
Blaine Cody
Vince Vieluf
Merrill Jennings
Lanai Chapman
Dean Cain
Squirrel lady
Kathy Bates


Jerry Zucker

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Edited for language.
Available on video and DVD
Released 11 Jan 2002
Certificate 12