A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes teamwork, striving to achieve goals, good sportsmanship, controlling anger, and respecting others. Learning from mistakes is an important element.
Positive Role Models
Initially, teen hero has anger issues and little respect for the law. He reaches new levels of understanding about winning and losing, humility, hard work. Female is nontraditional auto mechanic who gains respect for her talent and determination. Stereotypical entitled teens are self-absorbed and mean-spirited bullies. Parental figures are either unselfish, reliable, and loving, or overbearing and aggressive. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Bullies torment, tease, threaten; one punches hero in stomach. A go-kart skids off the track and crashes (no one is injured).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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"Hell," "pissed off," "ass," "in the nuts."
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Products & Purchases
Dunlop tires, Kincrome tools.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Go Karts (aka Go!) is an Australian movie about a teen finding both his true passion (go-karting) and a mentor who will teach him to drive his go-kart and live with honor. It's a familiar story, with many of the traditional underdog elements (e.g., an arrogant competitor to take on, a struggling single mom), plus bullying, matchmaking, and life-changing moments for everyone involved. In this film, go-kart competitions replace other sporting events as the key to growing up with solid values. A few curses are heard: "hell," "piss off," "ass," and "in the nuts." Mild action includes a go-kart accident that's momentarily suspenseful (no one is injured) and bullies who menace the heroes and throw one punch. 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 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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