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Run Lola Run

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Run Lola Run Movie Poster Image
Teens with a taste for the offbeat may like this one.
  • R
  • 1999
  • 81 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Some violence, including car accidents and shooting.


Couple in bed (nothing shown), references to adultery, out of wedlock child.


Lola says the German word for "s--t" over and over when something goes wrong.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character is a drug dealer; social drinking, smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some rough street language, references to out-of-wedlock pregnancy and adultery, and that the main characters live on the edge of the underworld -- the money Manni leaves on a train belongs to a drug dealer.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBestPicture1996 March 4, 2014

Tame for an R rating!

This is for sure an edgy PG-13, making it OK for 15 and up. You want to know as little about this movie as possible before going into it, I was thoroughly surpr... Continue reading
Adult Written byjohnsmith1234 April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old March 17, 2014

pretty weird but really cool !

This movie is really weird, but intense. This has some sex in it, minor gore, and I rate it 14 and up because it's got lots of swearing. This movie is in a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag March 25, 2012

Bombastic german movie has bad role models.

"Run Lola Run", or "Lola rennt", is an excellent German movie featuring two stars who later will become international stars: Actress Franka... Continue reading

What's the story?

RUN LOLA RUN is a German import about Lola (Franka Potente), who gets a frantic phone call from her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), and has only 20 minutes to find a large sum of money, or he will be killed by the drug dealer to whom he supposed to deliver the money. Lola rushes to save Manni from the drug dealer, and from himself -- he plans to hold up a store if she cannot get him the money. When she interacts with people on her way -- and in her way -- we get glimpses of what their lives ahead will hold. Lola runs to the bank where her father to ask him for the money. But he has his own problems. She does not make it in time, and the result is tragic. But Lola is determined not to let that happen again. All of a sudden, we are back in her apartment and she is getting Manni's call again. Everything starts over, but with tiny differences that have huge consequences for Lola and Manni and for the people around them. It takes three tries before Lola's running is over.

Is it any good?

Teenagers with a taste for the offbeat will enjoy this movie. It's fun to watch, with a lot of very clever jump cuts and effects, and it can be a nice jolt for teens who are used to pedestrian big-budget film-making.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's theme and about the way that the tiniest choices and interactions can have the most wide-reaching consequences.

Movie details

For kids who love thrills

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