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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.
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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?
- In theaters: June 18, 1999
- On DVD or streaming: December 21, 1999
- Cast: Franka Potente, Herbert Knaup, Moritz Bleibtreu
- Director: Tom Tykwer
- Studio: Columbia Tristar
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 81 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: some violence and language
- Last updated: February 12, 2020
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