Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 123 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 15+. Yes, there’s a lot of sex and cursing in this movie, but the overall theme of competition, perseverance, and determination needed to become the best at any kind of skill is really important, I think, and really masterfully delivered. There is some drinking and smoking; a good amount of cursing; and women’s breasts and buttocks in simulated sex scenes, but they’re shown in a somewhat negative light—with the suggestion that wasting one’s potential with these things is to squander a gift. There are also some frightening crash scenes that send that same message—that racing is a sport that requires precision more than glamour.
‘Rush’ deserves its R rating, but the latest from director Ron Howard shouldn’t be totally off-limits for teens. In probing the feud between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Howard presents powerful themes about masculinity, competition, and dedication to one’s craft, raising the question of what’s the better way to live one’s life—with risk or without.
By Roxana Hadadi
The posters and trailers for director Ron Howard’s latest, “Rush,” make you think this is a Chris Hemsworth movie, he of the long blond hair, the strapping Aussie you may know better as Thor. But as Formula One driver James Hunt, Hemsworth is just half of “Rush”—the movie is carried far more by his co-star Daniel Brühl as Hunt’s nemesis, driver Niki Lauda. Together, the men effectively capture the competition that drove these men to racing extremes, to engineering innovation, to athletic prowess. It’s an emotional, strong film, one that should entrance fathers and sons alike.