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Cool Runnings

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family, comedy

A true story of four Jamaican bobsled racers at the Winter Olympics.

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

Delightful, tween-friendly story of Jamaican bobsledders.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this underdog sports movie is based on the Jamaican bobsled team's appearance in the 1988 Olympic Games, the characters, most of the situations, and all of the conflict are heavily fictionalized. The resulting feel-good fairytale offers positive messages about sportsmanship, going after your dreams, and believing in yourself ... as well as some cartoonish potrayals of both the Jamaican people and their culture and some of their bobsleddding rivals (particularly the East Germans). A number of bobsled accidents are depicted, and there's one brief barroom brawl -- but no injuries or blood. Expect occasional mild swearing and lots of visible products/logos.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why the filmmakers made things up for the movie, rather than sticking with the true story. Why do you think that happens?
  • Is bobsledding as engaging a sport as football, baseball, or basketball? Why or why not?
  • What is the movie saying about sportsmanship and the spirit of the Olympic Games?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The ghost of Stepin Fetchit is hovering in the tropical ether.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

John Candy always makes me laugh even in this Disney flick.

- jmanard52, Sunday, May 11, 2008

3 stars

John Candy always makes me laugh even in this Disney flick.

- jmanard52, Sunday, May 11, 2008

3 stars

Cool Runnings is a very good comedy about a Jamaican Bob Sled team. This is a well made comedy with lots of laughs, a decent cast, and of course the brilliance of John Candy. There are plenty of good things to enjoy about this film, and it surprised me quite a bit. Cool Runnings is lots of fun, and is one of the better underdog comedies out there. The film is not perfect, however it's very entertaining. The film has a good cast, and has a very original idea for its plot. The film funny, and the cast do a good job at delivering the laughs. John Candy one of his last performances here, as this was one of three final films he starred in before he died. Candy as usual shines here, and delivers a good performance. This is a very good comedy that is simply lots of fun. The performances are good, the story is interesting and the laughs are plentiful. I enjoyed this film more that your regular sports comedy, and at times Cool Runnings manages to be better than most sports comedies. This film is a classic of sports comedies, and should get more recognition. This is a good film to watch with friends, and you're guaranteed plenty of laughs. John Candy is great here, and his performance alone makes this film worth seeing. Cool Runnings is a childhood favorite of mine, and is a film worth seeing. The films plot may seem a tad ridiculous, but it's totally worth watching. A fun filled comedy that will make you laugh.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, October 9, 2011