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At Theaters: 11/21/2007 On Video: 3/11/2008
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 509904
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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A charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, orphaned by circumstance. Years later, performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger who gives him the name August Rush, the child uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - This is a sentimental, inspirational drama aimed at family audiences and women. Though the main character is a child, the film may be too slow and long for the youngest viewers. Robin Williams plays an entirely serious role here, and co-star Terrence Howard has very limited screen time.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Freddie Highmore CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Keri Russell WAITRESS, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER
Jonathan Rhys Meyers MATCH POINT, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, B. MONKEY
Terrence Howard THE BRAVE ONE, THE HUNTING PARTY, PRIDE, IDLEWILD
Robin Williams LICENSE TO WED, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, HAPPY FEET
William Sadler ROCKETMAN
Leon Thomas III Feature Film Debut
Jamia Simone Nash Feature Film Debut
Director: Kirsten Sheridan THE BENCH, PATTERNS
Producer: Richard Barton Lewis MOLL FLANDERS, BLOWN AWAY
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
The Tempo Of New York City
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 GD; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: One foot chase.
COMEDY: Some cute kid humor.
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Critic's Review Heading

Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Poor August Rush isn't just a bad movie - it's an aggressively bad movie. There are times when it tips the scales of absurdity and becomes almost comical.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good I dislike sentimentality where it doesn't belong, but there's something brave about the way "August Rush" declares itself and goes all the way with coincidence, melodrama and skillful tear-jerking.

USA Today Full Review
Good August Rush will not be for everyone, but it works if you surrender to its lilting and unabashedly sentimental tale of evocative music and visual poetry.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 175 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
14
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
40
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
Very High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
Very High
93%
30+Adults (M)
33
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
58
Very High
98%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 175 moviegoers:Again, our moviegoer reviews prove their value. The four "Professional" critic reviews range from Poor to Good, so who are you supposed to believe?
Believe Our Moviegoer Reviews! They show that virtually everyone enjoyed "August Rush" very much. These are some very high reviews from all ages, both males and females! This is a GREAT FAMILY MOVIE! DON'T MISS IT!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Twelve years ago, on a moonlit rooftop above Washington Square, Lyla Novacek (KERI RUSSELL), a sheltered young cellist, and Louis Connelly (JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS), a charismatic Irish singer-songwriter, were drawn together by a street musician's rendition of "Moondance" and fell instantly in love. Sharing the language of music, their connection was real and undeniable…but short-lived.

After the most romantic night of her life, Lyla promised to meet Louis again but, despite her protests, her father (WILLIAM SADLER) rushed her to her next concert—leaving Louis to believe that she didn't care. Disheartened, he found it impossible to continue playing and eventually abandoned his music while Lyla, her own hopes for love lost, was led to believe months later that she had also lost their unborn child in a car accident. Years passed with neither of them knowing the truth.

Now, the infant secretly given away by Lyla's father has grown into a spirited and unusually gifted child (FREDDIE HIGHMORE) who hears music all around him in the rhythms of life and can turn the rustling of wind through a wheat field into a beautiful symphony with himself at its center, the composer and conductor. Orphaned by circumstance, he holds a profound and unwavering belief that his parents are alive and want him as much as he wants them—if only they could find each other.

Determined to search for them, he makes his way to New York City. There, lost and alone, he is beckoned by the guitar music of a street kid playing for change and follows him back to a makeshift shelter in the abandoned Fillmore East Theater, where dozens of children like him live under the protection of the enigmatic Wizard (ROBIN WILLIAMS). That night, he picks up a guitar for the first time and unleashes an impromptu performance in his own unique style.

Astonished that this untrained boy can play so passionately, Wizard names him August Rush, introduces him to the soul-stirring power of music and begins to draw out his extraordinary talent. Wizard has big plans for the young prodigy but, for August, his music has a more important purpose. Never giving up hope of finding the parents he knows are out there somewhere, he calls out to them through every note. He believes that if they can hear his music, they will find him.

Unbeknownst to August, they have already begun that journey.

Having just learned her son is alive, Lyla is already working desperately to locate him with the help of dedicated social worker Richard Jeffries (TERRENCE HOWARD) while Louis, still haunted by memories of his one true love, finds himself returning to his musical roots and retracing his steps to the place where they met.

Separated by the events of life but bonded by love and music, Lyla, Louis and August search for what they lost and what will make their lives complete again…each other.

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