Theatrical Release: September 27, 2013


Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.

Dove Review

This film has some exciting race scenes which are to a great extent what the movie is about. It also features the handsome Chris Hemsworth from the Dove-approved films “The Avengers” and “Thor”. His character, James Hunt from Britain, is quite a comparison to Niki Lauda (Daniel Burhl) from Austria, who does not have the looks but does have the passion and drive to be number one in the world of racing. Hunt is a player and turns the heads of a lot of women. And therein is part of the problem as the movie is heavy in the sex content, not to mention language, violence, drugs and nudity content areas. In one scene one of the drivers has a close call but states he is not ready for death by sending word to the priest that he can “F-off.”

Pleasure seeking and crossing the finish line first seems to be what motivates the drivers in this movie and that is too bad. It would have been nice to have seen a little more substance in the characters. At any rate, this one is not family friendly and cannot be awarded our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: An unmarried man has sex with a woman (we know what is going on); sounds of couple having sex; fairly graphic sex scene in shower and one with the same man with another woman; passionate kissing; innuendos.
Language: G/MG-2; J-6; Ch*ist-1; F-18; H-8; S-8; Slang for male genitalia-3; Slang for testicles-2; A-14; Crap-1; P-1; B-2; Turd-1; Bloody-2
Violence: A character has a bloody face from being hit with a crowbar; character has blood on body from race car accident; a man is enveloped in flames following an accident and later we see burn wounds and an open wound and it is pretty graphic; a man's bone is seen protruding from leg; blood in car; a character repeatedly hits a reporter and leaves him with a bloody face.
Drugs: Drinking in a lot of scenes including beer and champagne and the spraying of champagne at race celebrations; a character smokes marijuana, a comment about a character "doping" and drinking; smoking of cigarettes and a cigar; tobacco advertisement on car.
Nudity: Rear male and female nudity; woman's bare breasts exposed; cleavage; shirtless men; bare midriffs.
Other: A character vomits a few times before a race; tension between a married couple and other characters; a priest is treated without respect.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Peter Morgan
Director: Ron Howard
Producer: Andrew Eaton
Genre: Action
Runtime: 123 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter