Michael Sauter
October 11, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Race the Sun

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
82 minutes
performer
Jim Belushi, Halle Berry, Casey Affleck, Eliza Dushku, Steve Zahn
director
Charles Kanganis
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

They’re just a bunch of Hawaiian high school misfits, racing their makeshift solar-paneled car in world-class competition. But Race the Sun isn’t merely another underdogs-win-it-all romp. Hidden behind the silly sunglasses on the video box is a modest sleeper with more heart than all the Mighty Ducks movies combined. Inspired by a true story, the filmmakers combine the usual kid types (the fat one, the nerdy one, et al.) with edgier outcasts, including a girl with a drinking problem and a boy whose native-Hawaiian pride keeps boiling over. Of course, their teacher (Halle Berry) pulls them all together for a moral victory. But for once the feel-good ending doesn’t seem phony. It feels deserved. B-

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