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Cool Runnings

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Delightful, tween-friendly story of Jamaican bobsledders.

Movie PG 1993 98 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 7+

love the hard teamwork

i love how they keep going even though people make fun of them and are very rude. i love all the teamwork and how they stick together.

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age 7+

Funny movie

A really good movie briefly addresses racism and stereotypes from other countries, hilarious parts, cartoonish-style brawl w/ broken bottles and such, good ol' underdogs prevail

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (31 ):

You've seen this underdog material done before, from the sublime Rocky to the embarrassingly cliched (virtually any Rocky sequel). Cool Runnings taps both qualities. At one end you've got the Jamaican team, a colorful, contrived bunch of squabblers who predictably learn to pull together and defy their detractors (mainly a rival team of stereotyped East German Nazi-Commie storm troopers). But then comes the real-world finale, when the heroes lose the race but achieve a much greater goal, symbolizing what the Olympics truly mean to athletes around the globe. Seldom in sports movies has defeat looked so noble.

Younger viewers may want to learn more about Olympic bobsledding, or Jamaica, if only to sort out the facts from the fiction. The novice 1988 Jamaican bobsledders were actually conceived by a businessman and an ex-diplomat, and they did wipe out in the midst of a spectacular performance. "Irv," however, and the other characters are screenwriter inventions, and they seem like it.

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