Rat Race is a 2001 American ensemble comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker, written by Andy Breckman, and starring Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, Lanai Chapman, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Seth Green, Vince Vieluf, Wayne Knight, John Cleese, Dave Thomas, Dean Cain, and Kathy Bates.
The film has a plot similar to the films It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Scavenger Hunt. Its main plot revolves around six teams of people who are given the task of racing 563 miles from a Las Vegas casino to a Silver City, New Mexico train station, where a storage locker contains a duffel bag filled with $2 million; the first person to reach the locker wins and gets to keep the money.
The film was produced by Fireworks Pictures, Alphaville Films, and Zucker's production company Zucker Productions, and was released by Paramount Pictures on August 17, 2001 in the United States and Canada. It received mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office success.