A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Through comedy, the movie shows the importance of fathers and sons connecting, and shows how other things can get in the way of these opportunities if you aren't careful.
Positive Role Models
As a father, Phil learns to let go of his competitive rivalry with Ace, and to see the Pinewood Derby as a chance to spend quality time with his son.
Violence & Scariness
After a perceived home invasion, a self-styled neighborhood security guard shows up with a gun. Two dads sustain injuries after sneaking into a rival neighbor's home to steal the world-record-holding Pinewood Derby car.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman is shown showering from the shoulders-up. She asks who she believes to be her husband for a towel, but it's actually a neighbor who has snuck into their home to steal a Pinewood Derby car. Another father who has also snuck into the house climbs down from a tree and looks into the bathroom window while the woman showers. A man hugs his much taller wife and his face is pressed against her breasts.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A father sips from a glass of wine while working on a Pinewood Derby car, but does not act intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Down and Derby has some iffy humor, with fart sounds and some slapstick Peeping Tom behavior. Lots of absurd competition that underscores the movie's message of the importance of parents and kids working together while enjoying each others' company. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This over-the-top comedy shows through bad example the folly of taking what should be friendly competition and turning it into an unhealthy obsession. While exaggerated for comedy's sake, the behavior on display in this movie should be recognizable to any parent who has coached a sport and kids who have played on a team.
While the humor is mostly juvenile, and the story has a few overly convenient plot turns, at its core, Down and Derby raises a deeper point about what happens when parents miss out on opportunities to make wonderful memories with their kids. Viewed in that spirit, this movie should provide an opportunity for families to discuss times they've seen parents going overboard in competitive sports and school projects, and how winning is not the sole determinant in the enjoyment of an undertaking.
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