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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Values promoted: second chances, supportive mentoring, friendship, teamwork, integrity.
Positive Role Models
Central hero takes advantage of exceptional opportunity he's given; learns to trust, gains self-confidence, integrity, and respect for others. Featured parental figures are generous, caring, have empathy. Law enforcement shown to be conscientious and compassionate. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Off-track racing footage includes crashes (no severe injuries or deaths). A fight. Car thieves threaten and menace hero. Vandals smash up a garage and set fire to a prime racing vehicle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some women wear skimpy clothing.
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Cursing includes "damn," "crap," "ass," son of a bitch," and multiple uses of "s--t." A racial insult: "black pr--k."
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Products & Purchases
A shout-out to nonprofit Protect the Harvest. Featured brands: Rockstar Energy Drink, Lucas Oil, General Tire. Other products: Carlyle, Geico, Toyota, MAVTV, Impact helmet, Tonka, GMC.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer. One character appears drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dirt tells the story of a young thief who tries to make a better life for himself and his little sister after the intervention of a kind police officer, a program designed to assist delinquent teens, and an auto-racing team. It's centered in the world of off-road racing competitions at various motor speedways, so expect plenty of car action, including several crashes -- none of which result in serious injury or death. Other jeopardy includes threats and menace from a gang of car thieves, with a fight, vandalism, and fire. Some swearing and insults are heard: "s--t," "ass," "damn," "crap," and one racial slur, "black pr--k." The film is male-centered, with some of the female raceway attendants in skimpy costumes. That's balanced by one strong woman in a parental role. Characters drink beer; a man appears drunk in one scene. Product placement, both intentional and incidental, is continuous: "Rockstar Energy Drink" and/or "Lucas Oil" logos are on camera in almost every scene. The film is ethnically diverse. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's a familiar story with a predictable plot, but an excellent performance by DeRon Horton in the lead and lots of off-road car racing may help this genre movie find an appreciative audience. Horton is very easy to root for. Kevin Dillon is gifted with a role that works for him. The elements are exactly what one might expect from a niche sports drama: obnoxious champion to beat, novice competitor just ripe for giving that champ his comeuppance, and some really nice people trying to rehabilitate a young man before he succumbs to the violence of the street. Product placement in Dirt abounds, threatening to make the movie more ad than drama.
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