not for kids
Racing biopic has complex characters, lots of iffy behavior.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rush is a biopic from director Ron Howard about two 1970s Grand Prix champions, James Hunt and Niki Lauda. It depicts their athletic skill and determination, but it's also about their dark sides: their excesses, dirty tricks, and personal failures. In other words, they aren't anywhere near the squeaky-clean role models parents might be hoping for. The movie includes several car crashes, with blood and bones shown, and a very intense sequence in which one character is badly burned. Language is very strong, with uses of "f--k," "a--hole," and "c--t." Hunt sleeps with many women, and some female toplessness is shown (Lauda's girlfriend is also shown topless.) Hunt is also shown drinking to excess, smoking cigarettes, and briefly smoking pot. Finally, it's no secret that racing is all about merchandizing, and many brand names are shown throughout, including Coca-Cola and Marlboro cigarettes.
- Families can talk about whether Hunt and Lauda are role models. They're Grand Prix champions, but they're also complex people with weaknesses and dark sides. Does this make them bad people?
- Could Rush have been made without the violent crashes and their bloody aftermath? Is this what people really watching racing to see? Why or why not?
- Why does Hunt turn to sex, alcohol, and smoking when he's feeling victorious? Does the movie glamorize these things? Are there any realistic consequences?
- What's the difference between "likable" Hollywood characters and the characters shown in this movie?
The good stuff
Messages: Two race-car drivers discover that rivalry increases their drive for competition -- not necessarily the healthiest lesson, as it leads to destructive behavior. On the surface, this is also a movie about fame and success and how, if they're allowed to run rampant, they can destroy relationships. Success is shown as a big trophy, some champagne, and lots of parties, as well as the realization that it's fleeting.
Role models: The two main characters are real-life champion race-car drivers, and they come with a certain amount of hero worship. Their athletic skills are impeccable, and they have an intense drive to succeed, but their behavior is often destructive and disrespectful. But it's shown that the men's relationship is, on a deeper level, complicated and respectful.
What to watch for
Violence: The most intense sequence takes place when Niki Lauda suffers a fiery crash and burns in his car for almost a minute. In the hospital, he's shown burned and scarred and later with fresh skin grafts on his face. There's also a horrible procedure in which a tube is shoved down his throat to suck black gunk out of his lungs. Several other crash sequences are shown, with blood and broken bones.
Sex: The main character, James Hunt, has sex with many, many women over the course of the movie. Some sex scenes are shown, and others are implied. He's shown kissing women and in bed with them. Some female toplessness is shown. Niki stays with one woman throughout, and she's also shown topless.
Language: Language is very strong, including fairly frequent uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "bulls--t," "balls," "prick," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," "crap," "Christ" (as an exclamation), and "turd." A middle finger gesture is used.
Consumerism: Racing is all about sponsors, and many corporate logos are (realistically) on display throughout, including Marlboro cigarettes, Goodyear tires, Coca-Cola, Levis, Shell, and STP. One character drives for Ferrari. There's an early speech about trying not to use sponsors, but eventually this idea goes by the wayside.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character is always sober before a race, but afterward, he drinks a great deal (champagne, various kinds of hard liquor), sometimes to drunkenness. He also smokes cigarettes frequently, and he and other characters smoke pot. One character smokes a cigar.
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Ron :Howard really knows how to make a movie. by Rickp55
I'm not a formula 1 racing fan, but this movie could make me into one, even though it's not really a movie about racing, but rather about incredible human beings who live at a level most of us will never even approach. What an exciting life to live. Yes, I'm envious.
great action, poor emotions by istvanpodor
I'm a huge F1 fan. If watching it for nearly 20years, being under 30, qualifies me as one.
I'm really impressed, how they made the racing scenes exciting! Really talented camera and directing. And that's true for the whole movie. 5/5
On the movie part, I think the emotions and the real power and level of energy these people are driven by wasn't well represented.
Without spoilers, "Argue with dad, took a loan, walked into a team, spend a night with the engineers, suddenly drives for the best team". This so far true for representing the similar emotions. These people risked their lives and put their whole life up to just one thing. Racing and winning. That didn't come through to me.
Amazing story and great directing by tamirkoch
I knew of the characters but the story is extremely interesting even if you're not a race driving fan. It is fascinating, funny at times, edge of your seat at others, we'll played, but I found the directing by Ron Howard and cinematography beautiful.
A Surprise by iknowbest
This is absolutely a terrific film.
I know nothing of auto racing, and this fact only added to the suspense and interest. Hunt (Hemsworth), the charismatic and charming center of this film, sustained interest and created empathy for his well being-- a worry that had me on the edge of my seat. Could Hunt have been as charming as Hemsworth?
The direction was tight, and the uncrisp feel of old film was perfect for a story about sportsmen. Because that is what this is. It is not a twenty-first century thriller. But it is a thriller about sportsmen.
Rush by kmnhanna
Fantastic movie! Took my 86 year old father with us. We are Brits of that era and the actors did an amazing job of portraying Hunt and Lauda. The physical similarities were terrific. Ron Howard, once again, does a first rate job keeping the pace and interest going throughout the entire movie. Cinematography was excellent and the race scenes nailbiting. Very accurate and true to the events of the day.
Sexual content, though appropriate for the story line, would be too much for the younger crowd.
Rush by jlwilder34
Ron Howard did it again. He directed an entertaining, heart touching movie that was done extremely well. We talked about it for approx. 1 hour after the show. That's how good it is!
Ron Howard Movies Rock! by bfpscott1
As always, this Ron Howard movie was great. Time flew by as fast as the racing cars. Great story told in a fast-moving way. Great acting as well. Highly recommend. Scott
Rush by alphabravo1rf
It was more like a Drama Documentary, although very good and quite well done. I am of course very bias, as I'm very familiar with F!. Although some what older than James I was A racing driver in Europe, and had raced at Silverstone in a F5000 car, when James was on the progam driving in a lesser formula, before he broke into F! I remember this very brash young man with long Blond hair talking to all the young ladies.. Tony Barchou
Rush by cwormc
Excellent movie that gives insight to the world of Formula One back in the 70s. It was accurate and very well done. Formula One has changed drastically since the 70s with a focus on safety. I will add this movie to my library and watch it again and again and again.
Adrenaline filled. High octane story. Excellent. by tslusk
Amazing cast. Great story. I thought the story was adrenaline filled and the races themselves were worth the price of admission. The firing of the pistons, the rumble of the engine. While the racing was fun, the story of the two drivers was more interesting. See it in the theater for sure.