Cool Runnings

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: +1

In COOL RUNNING, Disney Pictures has come up with a lively, comical retelling of the Olympic experiences of the Jamaican bobsledding team in 1987-88. Derrice Bannock (LEON), a handsome Jamaican athlete, is determined to develop a Jamaican bobsledding team. He persuades a down and out ex-champion American bobsledder named Irv (John Candy) to be its coach. Derrice manages to put together a motley, inexperienced crew of four Jamaicans (LEON, Doug E. Doug, Malik Yoba, Rawle D. Lewis) to train for the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary. They begin their preliminary training in Jamaica and then move on to Calgary for some intense training on an ice track. They acquire an old, outmoded bobsled and at first almost become the laughing stock of the games. Irv even has some problems convincing the Olympic officials they should be allowed to race. But the Jamaicans have plenty of determination and enthusiasm and qualify to enter. The races are exciting and intense and the Jamaicans meet with a very surprising, but inspiring, fate. Bobsledding is not all work for the fun loving Jamaicans and they get involved in lots of comical experiences along the way. The drama, adventure and comedy in COOL RUNNING make it fun, exciting entertainment for all ages.

The loyalty and determination of the Jamaican team are inspiring. At first, some animosities threaten to destroy them, but they eventually meld into a strong, competent team. They also become close friends with great pride in themselves and the country they represent. In one heartfelt conversation, Irv tells Derrice that winning gold medals should not determine one's whole life and that an athlete should be able to live a satisfying life with or without Olympic medals. The film is refreshingly free of crude sexual content, nudity, or gratuitous violence. However, some crudities, obscenities and one regular profanity are included, undoubtedly to avoid a G rating. Also, in one disappointing scene, the coach leads the team in a comical, irreverent rendition of the Lord's Prayer using bobsledding terms. Recognizing that the film is rated PG, not G, it still seems that Disney Pictures is becoming more lax in its film content. Even so, COOL RUNNING is far above most of today's films in wholesome content.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Buena Vista Distribution Co., 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (21) times - Mild 8; Moderate 13

Obscene Language: Few (4) times (no f- or s-words)

Profanity: Once - Regular (JC)

Violence: Few times - Moderate (Man pushed down; striking in face; free for all fight in night club; bobsledding accidents)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once (comical reference to genitals)

Drugs: Few times (drinking in bars and night clubs)

Other: Irreverent version of Lord's Prayer

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