Parents' Guide to

Gran Turismo

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Intense crashes in exhilarating game-based racing flick.

Movie PG-13 2023 135 minutes
Gran Turismo Movie Poster: David Harbour, Archie Madekwe, and Orlando Bloom stand around a race car

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 10+

Gran Turismo high speed fun!

Gran Turismo is a good underdog sports movie, based on the life of Jann Mardenborough. A gamer turned racer who went against his parents wishes to chase his dream. It’s a good movie to take the family to. Younger kids may be scared in a certain scene, but my 7 and 9 year old loved the movie. You know your kids best so you’ll have to make the call. The “romance” in the movie is two teenagers kissing and the action sequences can be intense.
age 12+

A Great Racing Movie

It's a great film full of fantastic driving and the right amount of drama. It is a story that shows how dreams can come true.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (15 ):

A fist pump of aspiration, this fact-based biopic does laps around other sports movies -- at least, it will for teens who connect with the gaming aspect. Director Neill Blomkamp's fans know that he's a master at elevating emotions, and in Gran Turismo, he delivers plenty -- including hope, disappointment, fluttery feelings of love, devastation, anticipation, trepidation, and the euphoria of unlikely success. What's more, leaning into the movie's gaming roots, he allows you to feel the experience as if it's happening to you.

Some of that experience -- just like watching a Formula One race in real life -- can occasionally drag (especially in the middle), but it's all a vital part of the process: The only way to get to the phenomenal, exciting ending is for the wheels to ride across every bit of road to get there. Jann encounters some serious real-life adversity that's likely to put the brakes on kids thinking of following his career path. (Parents may find themselves relating more to Jann's father, Steve, played by Djimon Hounsou, who's frustrated that his son spends all his time gaming and rides him to get a job.) But Jann's difficulties make the finish a knuckle-gnawer, fueled by a surge of adrenaline. You'll likely end the film feeling completely pumped, wondering what impossibility you can accomplish. Just wait to look up Jann's full story until a few days later, as some elements are fictionalized for the film.

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