Parents' Guide to

Go Karts

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Aussie underdog sports drama has mild swearing.

Movie NR 2020 102 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Karate-kid for pre-teens

It's a pretty mild attempt to remake The Karate Kid, with Australian Go Karters. Though the story is predictable and the dialogue is bland, the racing action is actually very engaging and the kids cheered at every overtake and gasped at every spinout. While undoubtedly in Karate Kid's shadow, this is perhaps more suitable for younger audiences, with bullying/violence more implied or restrained than its classic cousin.
age 9+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

It's a well-worn story: new kid in town, dead dad, ascending competitions to win, bullies, an unlikely girl, and a has-been pro to make him grow up, but oddly the actors and go-karts make it fun. Richard Roxburgh, an Australian treasure, breathes life into what might have been a stock character as Patrick. William Lodder as Jack is natural and engaging and has heartthrob potential. For a low-budget effort, the go-kart races are fine. Suspense is limited, however. Each race goes exactly as predicted -- even the one race that the filmmakers hoped would be a "twist." For kids who like underdog sports stories, especially ones that add a fresh dialect and new sport to the mix, Go Karts is wholesome if not inventive movie-making.

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