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Parents' Guide to

Lady Driver

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dirt racing drama has positive messages, some iffy language.

Movie PG 2020 104 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

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Racin' with style

This is a Fantastic and Enjoyable Family Film

Is It Any Good?

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Despite a few implausible plot lines, this zero-to-hero racing drama somehow draws you in with its likable characters and -- paradoxically -- authentic dirt track settings. Lady Driver's rebellious misfit, Ellie, gets off to a shaky start when she somehow gets away with stealing -- then crashing -- the school car, only to wind up being towed, by some almighty coincidence, to her long-lost uncle's body shop. Fortunately Uncle Tim is a gruff but caring misfit himself, providing the perfect foil to Ellie's enthusiasm and determination. Settling into his role as mentor and father figure, Tim introduces Ellie to dirt track racing and the action shifts to the gritty, atmospheric world of the Petaluma Speedway, avoiding the flashy, Hollywood stereotype of a racing movie in favor of unpretentious characters and real race footage.

While Ellie's trajectory from total amateur to nationals qualifier is unrealistically fast, her personal journey is slightly more believable. She bonds with her uncle, builds bridges with her mom (Christina Moore), and finds closure over the death of her father, all the while finding her calling -- and her crew -- as an accomplished racing driver. If you're hoping for Fast & Furious levels of energy and glitz, step away. But if you're after a warm-hearted coming-of-age drama with a dash of excitement thrown in, Lady Driver should just about tick enough boxes. And the oddly abrupt ending might actually leave you wanting more.

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