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YMMV / Rush (2013)

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  • Award Snub:
    • Quite a few people are furious that Daniel Brühl didn't even get a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars, especially considering that, up to that point, he had seemed almost guaranteed to receive one after being cited by the Golden Globes, SAG, BAFTA, and the BFCA. Richard Roeper is one of them.
    • On the other side of things, many were actually annoyed that Brühl was nominated at those events in the supporting actor category at all, given his place in the story as one of the two main characters, finding it a case of Award Category Fraud. This was largely done by the studio to avoid splitting votes between him and Chris Hemsworth in Best Actor, with Brühl taking Supporting because of his relatively lower name recognition.
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    • 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.
    • The film was praised for the realistic portrayal of Lauda's burns, but the film wasn't nominated in the best makeup and hairstyling category. There were only three nominees.
  • Billing Displacement: 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 (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.
  • Critical Research Failure: "Artistic Licence" 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
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  • Foe Yay: James Hunt and Niki Lauda, towards the end it starts moving more and more to the Ho Yay territory.
  • Genius Bonus: At the end of the film, Lauda is working on a corporate jet on an airfield in Bologna when Hunt runs into him; the latter mentions how his rival is spending a lot of time around planes recently. Lauda started his own airline, Lauda Air, in 1979 (it was acquired by Austrian Airlines in 2000 and went defunct in 2013), and a second one, Niki, in 2003.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film earned more than double its domestic gross overseas, probably due to Formula One being more popular in Europe and parts of Asia than in America.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • 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. Then again, they were married for 15 years, which is an eternity by today's standards.
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    • 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, 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).
    • Watching this movie as a whole is now bittersweet now that Lauda himself has passed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Natalie Dormer played a secretary in Captain America: The First Avenger that kissed Captain America for a few seconds. Guess who she makes out with in this movie as a nurse.
    • The rivalry between Chris Hemsworth's and Daniel Brühl's characters in the film became funnier when the latter was cast as the central antagonist in Captain America: Civil War. Making things more or less amusing, depending on how one looks at it, Civil War happened to be one of the few Marvel team-up films not to feature Hemsworth's Thor.
  • Hollywood Homely: Even with prosthetic teeth, it's pretty hard to make Daniel Brühl look like an "ugly rat."
  • Ho Yay:
    • Aside from the Foe Yay 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.
    • 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.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: While the pairing of James/Niki does have the Portmanteau Couple Name 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.
  • It Was His Sled: Formula One fans will know about the major event which is hiding behind all of that spoiler markup.
  • Nightmare Fuel: 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 a serious crash at Nürburgring, the driver then identified as Lauda. Her devastation is palpable.
  • Squick: A fair bit.
    • The decapitated body of Francois Cevert note  who hit the fence.
    • Another racer's leg so severely damaged that the tibia and fibula are exposed.
    • 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 one review, this was seventies technology so this was not a very fast process.
  • Stoic Woobie / Jerkass Woobie: Lauda after his accident.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Niki Lauda after his accident. And it happened in real life, too!
  • Values Dissonance: 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.


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