Parents' Guide to

Days of Thunder

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

'90s race-car blockbuster has sexism, profanity.

Movie PG-13 1990 107 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Great race car movie

Good movie but not for younger audiences

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (5):

It's a cheesy Hollywood blockbuster with some ridiculous dialogue, but you could do a whole lot worse than DAYS OF THUNDER. Despite the formulaic script, it's obvious that the filmmakers cared enough about racing to try to imbue the movie with as much accuracy as possible without sacrificing the action. It hasn't aged as badly as so many other blockbusters from the past, and, with its discussion of concussions and their effects on athletes, there's even a certain amount of prescience at work, at least with that topic.

The characters aren't terribly deep, and even with an actor like Robert Duvall, not much emerges beyond the simplest of archetypes. Still, for the purposes of the story, the action, and the visual thrills of the races themselves, they don't have to be. It's a sport-centered action movie that never loses sight of what it is and what the audience expects, and while you could easily substitute any sport for stock-car racing and have a basically similar storyline, it's still an entertaining movie.

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