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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Rush is a Rush by rhswitzler
This movie is not just about car racing, it is a great story about a rivalry between two incredible people who find success in completely different styles. I'ver already seen it twice, and my wife even liked it.
Rush by canam92
I loved it. I thought the casting and action scenes were fantastic. When I first saw a trailer I immediately recognized Hemsworth's character as James Hunt. Daniel Brühl didn't look quite as close to Niki Lauda at first but his acting totally drew me in.
As a former F1 follower, I have been to many races and have seen these guys in person and watched them race. I did not know their personal stories though. Leave it to Ron Howard to bring them to life. This movie is a must for any fan of roadracing.
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.
Much better than I thought it would be by halrappaport1
My Brother in law took me to see this one and I thought it was going to be a racing movie akin to "Days of Thunder.' Was I wrong!
This was a great story true about two men, and the racing was the backdrop.
Extremely well done!!
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.
Great movie, great cast, great music! by jaxhatch
Leave it to Ron Howard to give us a great movie. I loved it. The cast was so good! Having grown up in the 70's & 80's in Germany, our family was Niki Lauda's biggest fan...needless to say I had to see this movie. Having a crush on Chris Hemsworth was also a good motivator.
The movie was well done. Cast was great. The racing scenes are so exciting! Definitely a Must Go See!
Rush by margogripp
Rush is a fantastic movie about Formula One racing rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The casting for these two characters was amazing, the acting was great and Ron Howard's directing was, as usual, flawless! Great cinematography of Formula One racing entwined with a good story that stayed exceptionally close to the real incidents. I think everyone should see Rush, whether or not they like racing, the story of the rivalry between these two men makes it a good movie for anyone.
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.
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