Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D

  • Review Date: August 9, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 80 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Dangerous stunts, teasing, injuries aren't entertaining.
  • Review Date: August 9, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 80 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The characters are ridiculed for being outsiders and then celebrated for their "courage" in performing these ridiculous stunts -- which unfortunately make them famous. Characters also tease each other while preparing for stunts. That said, the movie does come with the usual warning against trying these stunts at home, and there are consequences in at least one case: one stunt goes terribly wrong, and a driver is sent to the hospital.

Positive role models

One character, "Wheelz" -- who's in a wheelchair -- shows that people with disabilities can do exciting and dangerous things as well as able-bodied people. But overall the characters are immature and irresponsible.

Violence

No weapons or blood, but there are many scenes of gratuitous, life-altering violence, including dozens of car crashes, bicycle crashes, and many other crashes. Human bodies slam into the ground or water with horrible, painful impact. Some characters sustain bruises or painful injuries, and sometimes they're taken to the hospital for treatment.

Sex

The lone female member of the team, Jolene Van Vugt, is shown taking sexy pictures during the film's opening minutes. She wears a revealing, tight leather outfit. But during the rest of the movie, she appears normally and is just one of the "guys."

Language

A couple of uses of "f--k" are bleeped, as are some uses of "s--t" (but not all). Other audible language includes "p---y," "crap," "butt," "vagina," "hell," "ass," "balls," "bastard," "damn," "oh my god," and "douche."

Consumerism

The cast members have corporate sponsors and are constantly seen wearing T-shirts and hats with corporate logos. Logos also appear on various vehicles. They're mostly for sports drinks: Red Bull, Muscle Milk, Rockstar, and Monster. Suzuki is also a sponsor.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcoholic beverages are mentioned, as in "I'm going to go have a beer," but nothing is actually shown. "Moonshine" is mentioned.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D is a big-screen version of MTV's Travis Pastrana and his band of crazy stuntmen doing their usual dangerous, over-the-top stuff. Expect tons of wild stunts -- mostly involving sending various vehicles up and over ramps -- as well as lots of crashes and injuries; one character survives a horrible car crash and goes to the hospital. Language is fairly strong; "f--k" is bleeped, and "s--t" is sometimes, too, but not always. The team's lone female member is seen posing for sexy pictures while wearing a revealing leather outfit. There's also heavy product placement, as several sports drinks are corporate sponsors. These guys have many young fans who will be clamoring to see this movie and, despite a warning at the beginning about not trying this stuff at home, possibly eager to try similar stunts themselves. So beware.

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What's the story?

X Games motorsports competitor Travis Pastrana teams up with his old buddies, dubbed the "Nitro Circus," to perform many dangerous stunts and prepare for live show in Las Vegas. Stunts include leaping a bicycle between two 40-story buildings, trying to crash and flip a race car more than seven times, and being pulled up a ramp and into a lake by a motorcycle engine. Some stunts succeed, others fail, and many performers are injured. The movie culminates with a few minutes of footage from the Vegas show.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Directed by two Nitro Circus team members, Gregg Godfrey and Jeremy Rawle, the movie starts out with opposing tones: Pastrana earnestly tries to explain the significance of his group, claiming that they aren't deterred by the impossible. Then, in the next moment, the group members are introduced, accompanied by teasing and ridicule. As the movie unspools, the group members tease one another constantly, and it's difficult for newcomers to get to know them -- or care much about them.

The stunts are mostly effective when they go wrong, coaxing feelings of empathy for pain and human suffering. But otherwise, they're not particularly thrilling. Comparisons to the Jackass series are obvious, especially when Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine make appearances. Though not brilliant, the Jackass stunts are at least outrageous and disgusting, eliciting much stronger reactions. NITRO CIRCUS: THE MOVIE is equally dumb, and much duller to boot.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stunts. Movies like Nitro Circus highlight stunts that -- unlike those in blockbuster action films -- seem to involve neither planning nor safety. Which looks more exciting? Why? Which seem more "real" or more dangerous? Why do you think people choose to perform these kinds of stunts?

  • How does the impact of this kind of violence compare to that of action and horror movies? Are stunts more fun to watch if have more potential danger? Why?

  • Why do these kinds of performers become so famous? What message does that send to kids?

  • Why do the performers spend so much time teasing and ridiculing one another? Do they come across as real friends?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 8, 2012
DVD release date:November 13, 2012
Cast:Jolene Van Vugt, Tommy Passemante, Travis Pastrana
Directors:Gregg Godfrey, Jeremy Rawle
Studio:Arc Entertainment
Genre:Documentary
Run time:80 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:depiction of extreme and dangerous stunts throughout, and for language

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Parent of a 12 and 15 year old Written byxtremefam August 20, 2012
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12
QUALITY
 

Don't take life so serious.

Ok I read the other reviews and guess my family dynamic is a little different. Our family vacations are taken around extreme sports and my kids have seen Nitro Circus from the very beginning. I actually liked this movie better than the TV show. If your child is mature enough they understand the danger involved. Is it a good influence? No but it was funny.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byDogs1995 August 15, 2012
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13
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Not worth your time

It might influence kids to do this stuff
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written byRedsox1995 August 15, 2012
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8
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Terrible

Stupidity is the theme of this movie
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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