With no money aside from 12 bucks a stranger gave him out of pity, no direction, and no place to call home, once again he’s drawn to the music. But this time the music comes from a kid close to his age, who is playing a guitar in the street for tips. Having never even touched a guitar, August desperately wants to make friends with this kid no matter what it takes. So when the kid demands a pizza, August forks over all the cash he’s got.

Much to the surprise of his new friend, August follows him “home,” which happens to be a rundown theater of homeless kids with a knack for playing music. And where there’s talent, there’s always a buck to be made, something that Wizard (a scene-stealing Robin Williams) has discovered as he functions as the surrogate dad/booking agent/manager to these kids. At first Wizard believes that August is just another pesky kid. Well, until August picks up Wizard’s prized guitar and plays the incredibly inventive riff he’s been hearing in his head for ages.

Immediately noticing his prodigious talent, Wizard renames the kid formerly known as Evan “August Rush” and starts booking gigs for him. Every time August plays in the park or on the street, a crowd forms, which not only makes August feel closer to his dreams but makes Wizard all the more dependent on him.

Once August figures out Wizard’s true intentions, he runs away again and ends up in a church. Without giving much more of the plot away, this inevitably ends up being a turning point in August’s life.

Hooked yet? Well, you haven’t even seen the best parts. Of course nothing that happens in this “Oliver Twist-esque” story would ever be deemed “realistic.” It’s pure Hollywood magic at its finest. But if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief, sit back and enjoy, then the rewards of August Rush are many. And if you’re like me, you’ll probably even tear up, so you may want to bring some tissues along for the ride. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
 
CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Louis and his brothers’ band play in smoky bars/clubs. In a couple of scenes, social drinking is depicted.
  • Language/Profanity:  A few mild profanities are uttered by a couple of the street kids.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Lyla, who is in her very early 20s at the time, gets pregnant after a night out with Louis. Nothing aside from a kiss and the couple waking up next to each is shown.
  • Violence:  A few of the boys in the orphanage pick on Evan and threaten to hurt him. Wizard pushes August up against a fence.