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RAT RACE (2001)****
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(focus on Las Vegas greed and gambling)

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Contains 14 movie quotes & 21 Academic Words (AWL*).
What would you do for two million dollars?  Donald Sinclair (John Cleese) is a Las Vegas Casino owner who thinks a bunch of high-roller gamblers would bet big to find out.  So he puts two million in a locker in New Mexico 500 miles away.  Six lucky people are given the key to the locker.  The first one there gets the money.  What they don't know is the high rollers are betting on them like a horse race, in a crazy comedy that imagines how far people will go for big money and how some people will bet on almost anything.  It stars 3 Academy Award winners (Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Bates, Cuba Gooding Jr.) With Breckin Meyer, Seth Green, Vince Vieluf, Lanei Chapman, Jon Lovitz , Kathy Najimy, Rowan Atkinson, Amy Smart.   PG-13 (112 min.) mike laib 2012.

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