The various animal characters in this comedy/romp all find themselves in the center of an event in which something is happening to them that they have no control over. Like brawny for muscles, John Cleese does a job that would fall to any other actor in the cast. I wonder if that could be extended to the other parts of the process. Could Kate Winslet, for example, play almost any animal role as amusingly as she does here? Another part of its appeal is the innumerable cameos, both small and large. Everybody from Brendan Fraser to Johnny Depp is either in the picture or has a bit part.
The movie has the usual delightful mix of characters and humor. Some of them are characters you may have seen before. Steve Coogan was Varys in Game of Thrones on the Lost show. But he takes getting knocked in the head by a comet and turning into a bat. But he's still the kind of character actor who gets laughs by blocking you. He comes down a set of stairs from the sky. He is wearing a tutu as he walks down the stairs. And he's wearing a tutu when he leaves the house. He shows up at the end at the athletic club in a tutu. And he ends up in a matinee soaker. I can't think of a better kind of movie for a bad day. I look at my dog and think, "Duh!" And I laugh. And I will be back. Zach Galifianakis is terrific as a tester that spits tobacco juice on Jon Lovitz. This becomes a running gag. One man, who is going to be prosecuted for using stun guns on people, spits tobacco juice on Lovitz. Now he's going to get the electric chair.
Bell's quirky characters and witty dialogue are enough to make fans of Rat Race laugh-out-loud. The over-the-top, slap-sticky visual humor will make you smile and occasionally chuckle. But it's the kind of comedy that you have to be in the mood for because it's not going to be your typical slapstick fare. If you're a fan of the old-school, classic comic antics, then I'd recommend Rat Race. However, most people should pass. d2c66b5586