Donald Sinclair owns the biggest, snazziest, flashiest, high rolling-est casino in Las Vegas. And to entertain some of his wealthiest patrons, he's staged the most original high stakes game that Sin City has ever seen! The contestants? Six teams. The jackpot? Two million dollars stuffed in a locker hundreds of miles away. The odds of winning? One in six. The rules? Well there's only one--get there first! What the racers don't know is that the tycoon and his rich buddies are betting on the outcome and are tracking every move the teams make. It's only a matter of time before they figure out who really stands to win the most before switching course to look for a different kind of pay-off.
A wealthy, thrill-addicted casino owner (John Cleese) contrives a race from Nevada to New Mexico with a $2 million prize. The hand-picked, scrambling contestants include a pair of inept, scuffling brothers (Seth Green and Vince Vieluf) and a humiliated N.F.L. referee (Cuba Gooding Jr.). "Rat Race" crams much antic activity into its meager story line, much of it lifted from other movies. The script is unashamed about stooping into any sewer for laughs. The premise of the contest produces so much anxiety that director Jerry Zucker's Zenlike direction can't help but make you feel uneasy. - Elvis Mitchell
2001-08-17 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Rat Race