August Rush

An incredible journey moving at the speed of sound.


August Rush
Loosely based on Dickens' Oliver Twist, this is the story of a young musical prodigy's search for his parents. Both parents are successful musicians, who had a tryst 12 years ago, resulting in our little hero. Grandad put him up for adoption after telling mom he had died at birth. After running away from the orphanage, he discovers he is musically talented, and is taken in by an older man who is looking after a group of kids who earn money busking. Lady Luck smiles on him, and he wins a scholarship to a prestigious musical school, and is soon conducting the orchestra... at a concert which both mom and dad attend, unbeknownst to each other. Take a box of tissues.

112 minutes.
All ages.
Drama, Family, Musical.

Showtimes

I will now pluck your heartstrings...
I will now pluck your heartstrings...

Credits

Cast
Freddit Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terence Howard, Robin Williams, William Sadler, Marian Seldes
Director
Kirsten Sheridan
ScreenplayNick Castle, James V. Hart, Paul Castro
MusicMark Mancina
CinematographyJohn Mathieson
EditingWilliam Steinkamp
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2007
Produced byCJ Entertainment, Odyssey Entertainment, Southpaw Entertainment

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageNone
NudityNone
SexVery, very mildly suggested, infrequent.
ViolenceVery low impact, infrequent
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThis is a movie that is uplifting and inspiring for all viewers. It honours creativity to a huge extent, as well as commitment to good family values.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
2
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
1
Profanity
2
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
1
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Zane Henry quote iconAugust Rush is an overblown, underwhelming scarp of rose-coloured fluff. The toothachingly sweet fare will probably go down well with festive audiences. There is probably someone out there who would enjoy this kind of woefully sentimental dross, but that person is not me.
1
Cape Times
Carina Chocano quote iconSaccharine pill won't go down smoothly.
5
The Citizen
Natalie Bosman quote iconDespite the chocolate box ending, this is a family film with a warm message of love. You need to dampen your cynicism and let escapism rekindle your belief in fairy tales.
12
24.com
Jean Barker quote iconOne long movie moment doused in hot syrupy sentiment starring all the most irritating people in Hollywood.
1
BBC
Farin Roberts quote iconSelf-confessed hopeless romantics and anyone with a cinematic sweet-tooth will be sure to appreciate August Rush, an uplifting but schmaltzy fantasy.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconI'm telling you, the ghost of Dickens would be applauding.
15
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconThe movie plucks at the heartstrings with the virtuosity of an untrained two year old. It's sloppy, contrived, and annoying. It elicits giggles and guffaws instead of tears and, when it's all over, many audience members will be annoyed that they wasted two hours.
5
ScreenIt
quote iconAs it stands, it's more than a bit far-fetched, although it does have its share of winning moments, some of them with decent emotional power.
8
Metacritic.com
27 critics
8
Rottentomatoes critics
100 critics
9
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThe talented cast can't overcome the flimsy direction and schmaltzy plot.
7

What the People say

Internet
3667 Netizens quote iconWow!
15

Average .. 40%

8




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