Parents' Guide to

The World's Fastest Indian

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hopkins' joyous romp is a little slow for kids.

Movie PG-13 2005 127 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Inspiring story with mature themes

The movie is about a man from New Zealand who dreams of testing the speed of his Indian motorcycle at Bonneville. He is a man with a colorful personality, which adds to the charm of the movie. While there are indeed mature themes in the movie, I think it can be a great platform for addressing with children how social and cultural differences can be handled with a spirit of charity. Indeed, this is perhaps the most impressive aspect of the movie's portrayal of Burt Munro - his acceptance of everyone. Great lessons for kids who are at the proper maturity to observe it and discuss it. By the way, it's based on a true story. Just google "Burt Munro".

Is It Any Good?

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Lots of movies exalt the virtues of following your dreams, but few do it with such joy as The World's Fastest Indian. Hopkins turns in an infectious performance as the eccentric and crotchety Munro. You can tell Hopkins loves playing a wild man who does a little dance for his gal pal and gets by on his considerable charm. He's positively giddy, even when driving the wrong way on a one-way street or dodging a rattlesnake's bite.

The moral here is you don't have to be rich, you don't have to be young, and you don't have to be urbane to go after your dreams. You can be a crotchety old man who's never been outside his small town. It's a great message for insecure teens. Unfortunately, the film is unlikely to maintain their interest. It's odd that a movie about speed is so slow and belabored. There are certainly great parts, but teens may not stick around to discover them.

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