Run Lola Run

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Run Lola Run Movie Poster Image
'90s German crime drama has violence, language.
  • R
  • 1999
  • 81 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

While there are no overtly positive messages, one of the movie's central themes is the idea of the "butterfly effect" in chaos theory, and the seemingly minor ways in which we're connected to one another by our actions and life choices. 

Positive Role Models

No positive role models. The catalyst of the action is a mistake made by a "bagman" in the criminal underworld. Characters resort to violence. Married character shown having an affair with a co-worker. 


Characters shot and killed. Characters hit by cars and trucks, injured or killed. Car accident resulting in deaths. Suicide. Character shown getting pulled off the bike he's riding then beaten up. Quick photo of woman dead with her wrists slit. Security guard struck in the head with a heavy bag, falls to the ground, knocked out. Characters attempt armed robbery of a grocery store. Character attempts a bank robbery. 


Couple in bed (no nudity). One of the side stories concerns a married man having an affair with a coworker. Talk of a child born out of wedlock. In one of the photo sequences showing a minor character's future by a brief interaction with Lola, a woman in bondage gear holds has a man (her coworker) on bed on all-fours with a leash around his neck. 


Profanity regularly used. "F--k" used a few times. "S--t" frequently used. "Bitch," "damn," "dumbass." 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette smoking. Whiskey drinking. Drunkenness. Quick shot of woman injecting drugs into her arm. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Run Lola Run is a 1998 thriller in which Franka Potente must find a way to rescue her criminal boyfriend when he leaves a large sum of money on a subway train. There are some violent moments, including characters getting shot and killed, as well as car accidents resulting in injury or death. During scenes in which the movie uses a quick series of photographs to show the fates of minor characters after their interactions with Lola, these characters are shown shooting drugs, committing suicide, engaging in S&M. Some profanity throughout -- "f--k" used a few times, and "s--t" frequently used. Cigarette smoking throughout. Character shown drunk while drinking whiskey. Quick shot of woman injecting drugs into her arm. 

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'll be killed by the drug dealer to whom he's 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 works to ask him for the money. But he has his own problems. She doesn't make it in time, and the result is tragic. But Lola is determined not to let that happen again. All of a sudden, we're back in her apartment and she's 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 may enjoy this thriller. Although it's from the '90s and it may seem a bit dated, there's still a lot to keep audiences interested. 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 filmmaking. It's dark, though, and the violence might be too much for sensitive teens. Families who watch together can talk about the butterfly effect and how seemingly small choices can make a huge difference.

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.

  • How did the movie use music to heighten the tension throughout the movie? 

  • Did the violence seem necessary to the story and themes, or did it seem gratuitous? Why?

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