Race

2016 | 134 minutes | Rated PG-13

In most ways, Race is a totally ordinary biopic about track-and-field superstar Jesse Owens, cozily hitting all the obligatory marks, with Stephan James (Selma) as bland, likeable Owens and Jason Sudeikis (George Wendt's nephew—look it up!) as gruff, likeable coach Larry Snyder. In other ways, Race is kind of bonkers. Owens' talent took him to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where racial relations were... uh, shall we say, super fucking tense. So for the last half-hour or so, we watch a black American beat the mustard out of a bunch of Aryan athletes on the field, as Hitler and Goebbels grumpily watch. The stakes are A LOT higher than your typical feel-good sports movie. As a basic history lesson, Race could have been a lot worse; as an investigation of social issues that are still with us today, it cracks open an interesting window—even if it can't do more.

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Film Credits
Director
Stephen Hopkins
Cast
Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Shanice Banton, Carice van Houten, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, Chantel Riley, David Kross, Jonathan Higgins, Barnaby Metschurat, Jeremy Ferdman, Giacomo Gianniotti