Down and Derby

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Silly satire of competitive dads has some iffy humor.

PG 2006 90 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 1 review

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age 10+

I don't consider this as a good positive message

- breaking & entering with no consequences. And one of them is a policeman. - scene where dog is biting at a man's crotch like he's chewing a ball and then the man grabs a ball and throws it for the dog. - man is hiding in closet and watches a woman undress (they don't show anything but it's clear she's getting naked) - they steal a derby car and take it apart and put it back together and are never caught - poor priorities: they (the 3 competitive men) neglect their kids and wives for their derby obsession. The dad skips out on work without ever calling in, which is made clear, and doesn't prepare for an important pitch, but then because they liked pine wood derby they came around and accepted his proposal, when he did absolutely nothing to prepare and pathetically winged the entire presentation. - the dad doesn't learn the lesson until the very last minutes of the movie and at that point the kid had made his own car. - the kids take advantage of their parents since they won't let them help with the derby and get money from them to leave their parents alone, but one kid gives the money back because he feels bad for the dad. - poor sportsmanship Over all I thought it was funny and as an adult it motivated me to want to do more with my kids. However I think my kids were bored, they didn't find the movie funny because most of the jokes were not something they related to to find them funny, and from a child's point of view ... terrible role models and messages. If you put this movie on your basically doing what the dads did... ignoring what your child actually wants to watch and filling your own needs/desires, because I don't think most kids would enjoy the movie. It was about adults and a little boring.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 12+

Different versions?

Hi, I really didn't like this movie, as I thought the "peeping tom" scene was completely out of place, and very uncomfortable. However, today my wife came home with this movie, borrowed from the library, and it is a version released by Feature Films for Families. It seems they have toned down the peeping tom scene, and maybe made a few other changes. I can't find any information online about the possible changes, and this film is not on the "Feature Films for Families" website. However, if you do watch this, definitely get the Feature films for families version, as it is probably better. Here is a link.…

This title has:

Too much sex

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