* AdultFear: For Marlene, whose husband [[spoiler:is injured and nearly dies in a horrific crash]]. As if that wasn't enough [[spoiler:said husband decides to return to the tracks after a mere six weeks. He then begins the Japanese Grand Prix despite horrible weather conditions, though thankfully for Marlene he decides to quit the race after only one lap.]]
* AwardSnub
** Quite a few people are ''furious'' that Daniel Brühl didn't even get a Best Supporting Actor ''nomination'' at the Oscars, especially considering that he's gotten them in other awards shows. [[http://voices.suntimes.com/arts-entertainment/the-daily-sizzle/2014-oscar-nominations-richard-roeper-on-the-smart-calls-and-the-snubs/ Richard Roeper is one of them.]]
** Of course, that he's being nominated in the supporting actor category for who is nominally one of the main characters falls into AwardCategoryFraud.
** The film also was expected to be a nominee for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, but ended up getting no nominations by the Academy at all.
** Equally infuriating is that, despite the fact that Brühl spent hours in the makeup chair and the film was praised for the realistic portrayal of his burns, the film wasn't nominated in the best makeup and hairstyling category. There were only ''three'' nominees, one of them being ''Film/BadGrandpa''. Let that sink in: A ''Jackass'' movie now has the honor of being called Oscar-nominated while Rush is not.
*** Though, in this case, the ''Jackass'' film '''was''' widely acclaimed for its make-up (Johnny Knoxville spent several hours in the make-up chair to be transformed into the titular character, looking unrecognizable). And the movie itself earned a fairly positive critical reception.
* BillingDisplacement: Niki Lauda and James Hunt are both the main characters (although since Lauda narrates the opening and closing of the film he could arguably be considered the ''main'' main character). Most posters feature Hunt in the foreground with Lauda behind him ([[http://www.dvdsreleasedates.com/covers/rush-dvd-cover-62.jpg some featuring Lauda much less clearly than Hunt]]). Some posters feature ''only'' James Hunt. Hemsworth is more well-known than Brühl but it's still quite glaring.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Niki's [[spoiler:marriage proposal]] to Marlene has to be the least romantic in history but it was adorkably cute.
* CriticalResearchFailure: "ArtisticLicence" excuses most of the inaccuracies in the film, but claiming the Nordschleife is called “The Graveyard” when its iconic real nickname is “The Green Hell” sparked serious anger amongst F1 fans
* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Europe Loves Formula One]]: Rush is expected to make more money overseas, due to FormulaOne as a whole being more popular in Europe and parts of Asia than in America.
* FoeYay: James Hunt and Niki Lauda, [[spoiler:towards the end it starts moving more and more to the HoYay territory]].
* HarsherInHindsight
** After seeing the movie and watching Niki and Marlene's happy marriage, it's a little sobering and depressing to read Niki's Wikipedia page and find out they eventually divorced.
** Sean Edwards played (via stunt doubling) his father Guy, who was one of the ones to pull Niki out of his wreck. On October 15th 2013 he was killed in an equally fiery crash at Queensland during a test drive with one of his proteges.
** A few months later, [[http://news.sky.com/story/1211755/rush-film-racing-driver-killed-in-car-crash Mauro Pane]], Daniel Brühl's stunt double, also died from a car crash.
** All the times James drank, smoked, and did drugs, considering his hard partying likely contributed to his death via heart attack at 45.
** Hunt's sponsor, Lord Hesketh, was shown lavishing money on his team (complete with a butler serving oysters and caviar in the pits). Later on in life, he was involved in several failed business ventures and eventually had to sell his family estate (including the historic 300-plus year old country house of Easton Neston).
* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/NatalieDormer played a secretary in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' that kissed Captain America for a few seconds. Guess who she [[Film/{{Thor}} makes out with]] in this movie as a nurse.
* HollywoodHomely: Even with prosthetic teeth, it's pretty hard to make ''[[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m76loyCSFv1qfxsvdo1_500.jpg Daniel Brühl]]'' look like an "ugly rat."
* HoYay
** Aside from the FoeYay mentioned above there was the moment where James was so thrilled about Hesketh entering Formula One that he planted a big kiss on Lord Hesketh. Poor guy looked bewildered.
** [[http://news.moviefone.com/2013/09/26/daniel-bruhl-rush-interview/ According to Brühl]], he and Chris Hemsworth invented a romantic comedy between James and Niki in between takes so the Foe and Ho Yay might be a tad deliberate.
** If we get a little meta with the Ho Yay, Lauda once said Hemsworth's ass made the movie.
* IdiosyncraticShipNaming: While the pairing of James/Niki ''does'' have the PortmanteauCoupleName of 'Launt', Tumblr fangirls tend to use the term 'Rathunt' more. Likewise the Niki/Marlene pairing is colloquially known as "Because I'm Asking You To" after a memorable line from Marlene.
* MemeticSexGod: In-universe. James Hunt can get into any woman's pants within the span of a few minutes. "Sex is the breakfast of champions" indeed.
* NightmareFuel: [[spoiler:There's very little discretion in the shots of Niki getting his face burned.]]
** Also Marlene driving in her car and hearing the news of [[spoiler:a serious crash at Nürburgring, the driver then identified as Lauda. Her devastation is palpable.]]
* {{Squick}}: A fair bit.
** The decapitated body of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_United_States_Grand_Prix Francois Cevert]] who hit the fence.
** Another racer's leg so severely damaged that the tibia and fibula are exposed.
** [[spoiler:Blood clots and fluid being vacuumed from Niki's lungs with a metal tube after his horrifying crash at Nürburgring. And as pointed out in [[WebOriginal/MidnightScreenings one review]], this was ''seventies'' technology so this was not a very fast process.]]
* StoicWoobie / JerkassWoobie: Lauda after his accident.
* TearJerker
** Niki's final words about James's [[spoiler:premature death]] are positively heartbreaking.
** Niki trying to get his helmet on after the accident when just trying to do so puts him in pain.
** Marlene's reaction to [[spoiler:Niki's accident. Not to mention her having to see and hear him go through painful treatments.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Niki Lauda after his accident. And it happened in real life, too!
* ValuesDissonance: With regulations and protocols today, James certainly wouldn't have gotten away with drinking champagne or smoking a joint before the race, not even in lesser formulae.