Parents' Guide to

Ford v Ferrari

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Entertaining, well-paced racing biopic has strong language.

Movie PG-13 2019 152 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 10+

Exciting movie with good messages

My son, husband and I just watched this and really enjoyed it! Themes are friendship, perseverance, family and ingenuity. I felt the cussing was pretty minimal. The only thing I had to explain to my son was the poor behavior of the Ford guy who tried to undermine the driver.
age 10+

One of the Greatest movies ever made

Incredible movie! It’s a winners movie! Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles both at different times throughout the movie demonstrating a winners mentality. It’s a beautiful story about how two friends teamed up to do what many thought was impossible. The relationship they have with each other is incredible to watch and events throughout the movie show the great faith that they had in each other. It also well represented Carroll shelbys amazing talent and ability in communicating with people and how he was able to turn a what seemed terrible situation into the best situation they could possibly be in by changing peoples perspectives which is a great example of a winners mentality.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31 ):
Kids say (41 ):

This enjoyable fact-based racing movie runs a little long, but it manages to keep up a good, breezy pace, focusing more on pure entertainment than on trying to be dutifully "important." At the heart of Ford v Ferrari are two fine performances by Damon and Bale, whose characters forge a touching friendship that's based more on small gestures than on big demonstrations. Miles is a show-off, but Bale makes him seem real, with relatable worries and outrages. And Damon clearly enjoys his clever, quick-witted character, who still somehow makes genuine connections. Just as good is playwright Letts as the stern, rocky second Henry Ford; he's reduced to terrified screaming and joyful tears when Shelby takes him for a high-speed ride in his new car.

At the wheel, director James Mangold gives Ford v Ferrari the crisp, confident energy of his best genre films, Logan and 3:10 to Yuma (the latter of which also starred Bale), without letting it drift into the stodgy, awards-bait seriousness of his previous biopic Walk the Line. Ford v Ferrari is so simple and classic that it could have been sent here directly from the early 1960s. Perhaps its most niggling flaw is Lucas' slimy, one-dimensional villain character, who acts out of pure selfishness. But the racing sequences are impeccably timed, with thundering, thrilling sound design that could convert newbies into hard-core racing fans. Still, the movie's best achievement is the sly way it depicts the central friendship, largely unspoken but still surprisingly tender.

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