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"RACE THE SUN"
(1996) (Halle Berry, James Belushi) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild None Mild Mild None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Minor None Mild None Moderate
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
None Mild Mild Mild Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy/Drama: A group of Hawaiian teens race their solar powered car in an international race.
PLOT:
A group of Hawaiian high school students, formerly believed to be losers, decides to compete in a solar powered car race. Their teacher Sandra Beecher (HALLE BERRY) and shop teacher, Frank Machi (JAMES BELUSHI) help them win the state championship. From there they are off to Australia to compete in the world solar powered car race, where they must contend with better equipped teams and their own self doubts as to whether they can win.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Probably. Although there are no real name attractions for kids, the fact that it's about teens might just draw them to this.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For mild language and a brief incident of teen drinking.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • HALLE BERRY plays a high school teacher who encourages her students to pursue their dreams and she participates by helping them do just that.
  • JAMES BELUSHI plays a shop teacher who at first is reluctant to help but later becomes the students' biggest supporter.
  • THE STUDENTS are a rag tag group who, as individuals, overcome their self doubts and prove to others that they are winners.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • One of the students drinks from a flask. The next day her driving performance is impaired, an effect from the drinking the night before. The group later confronts her with her drinking problem, telling her she can't drive anymore.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Several times an overweight student is referred to as "fat," "fat boy," or "fat ass"
  • Initially the students are not respectful of their teacher.
  • Some prep school students look down on and insult the local students.
  • One of the female students gives "the finger" to a competitor.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • A sudden and violent dust storm engulfs the team, blinding, choking and scaring them.
  • A pair of tractor trailer trucks, running side by side, almost run over three solar cars.
  • A girl is asleep in a bus when she's awakened by weird sounds outside. She's scared, but it only lasts a few seconds.
  • Smoke begins to fill the car while a girl drives. It then catches on fire, and she crashes and is trapped inside as the flames grow. She's very scared, but is finally rescued.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Shut up," "You can be so stupid," "Eat me," "Kick butt," "This family sucks," and "They screwed us."
  • A student playfully punches another student in the shoulder.
  • One of the female students gives "the finger" to a competitor.
  • A student driver holds onto a battery terminal which gives him a shock but no lasting effects.
  • One student jokingly tells another, "I'm going to murder you."
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • Some Australian native woodwind music accompanies a tense scene.
  • There is some suspenseful music when some tractor trailers almost run over several solar cars.
  • There is some suspenseful when a girl is trapped inside a burning car.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • 7 "s" words, 7 ass words, 4 hell's, and 1 crap used as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • None.
  • SMOKING
  • Machi smokes a cigarette.
  • One of the students is briefly seen smoking.
  • Another student has an unlit cigarette in her mouth, but doesn't light it.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • A father is not happy that his son has quit his job to be on the solar team.
  • Machi is divorced, and Beecher is working on a divorce, but no kids are involved.
  • A student and his half sister talk about their family life and she's upset her parents got divorced.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • There's the implication of racial prejudice against local Hawaiian students.
  • There's some minor talk about divorce between the two teachers.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A student playfully punches another student in the shoulder.
  • One student hits another in the face with his fist.
  • A driver holds onto a battery terminal which gives him a shock.
  • Machi threatens to "personally revoke your legs" (said to a slime-ball corporate sponsor after he accosts the students).
  • Two students get into a shoving match on the bus, but are separated.
  • A competing driver shoves one of the students and spits in his face.



  • Reviewed March 23, 1996

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