Parents' Guide to

Bennett's War

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Predictable crowd-pleaser feels like a motocross commercial.

Movie PG-13 2019 95 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

There should be a 2.5 star rating

I pray that in my life time, a decent MX/SX movie will be made. This movie at times, makes zero sense. They’re gonna lose the farm, mortgage is behind. So the grandfather is going to sell a piece of needed farm equipment for $5k. The son , who should absolutely should not be racing, because he could lose a leg or worse. Decides to fire up his KTM 450, worth every penny of $4k, and start racing. Basic common sense would have anybody selling his bike that he shouldn’t even be on and pay some bills. Winners Take All is a bad MX movie. But only takes a complete nose dive at the last race scene. I’d rather watch Winners Take All ten more times then Bennett’s War one more time.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This formulaic but feel-good drama is filled with enough racing scenes to keep motocross fans happy. Off-road motorcycle racing hasn't been featured in as many movies as other, more mainstream sports, but Bennett's Way does a serviceable job off introducing it (as well as real motocross athletes, sponsors, and venues) in an accessible way to the uninitiated. There's not much substance to the plot, but audiences will root for the earnest, hard-working Marshall as he trains and overcomes setbacks to place at various races.

That said, all of the overt product placement is off-putting. Yes, races are heavily sponsored in real life, too, but the Lucas Oil branding becomes even more blatant when you know that company founder Forrest Lucas, who also has a cameo in the film, is one of the movie's financial backers. The script also has a few Muslim/Iranian/terrorist jokes, but since the actor (and the character he plays) saying the lines is Iranian, the script toes the line between self-deprecating and Islamophobic. At least the decent performances, compelling race sequences, and empowering messages about wounded warriors finding their passion again help make up for the overly familiar storyline and cliché-filled script.

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