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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    74%
  • Audience Score
    81%

common sense

ON for kids age 8
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
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®

  • Tomatometer®

    74%
    reviews counted: 6
    see all Cool Runnings reviews
  • Audience

    81%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

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

Rotten:

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

Fresh:

- Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review, 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

I remember watching this on a bus to a field trip. I don't remember much, but I think I liked it.

- MeetMeinMontauk, Wednesday, October 20, 2010

3 stars

Based on the true story of the 1988 Jamaican bob-sled team, this comical American-come-Jamaican film is quite the 90?s classic. Love the Jamaican input here, but found the stereotypical Hollywood presence in the slightly corny ending.

- 76Majikat, Saturday, June 19, 2010