Popular Mechanics for Kids: X-treme Sports and Other Action Adventures

  • Review Date: March 16, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sports and outdoor adventures mixed with science.
  • Review Date: March 16, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 92 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good role models.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

Some brand name sporting products are shown, but not promoted.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a terrific video for kids who love action. The show's teenaged hosts play sports from hockey (with an NHL pro) to sandboarding, and have a great time doing it. The girls get to do as much of the rough stuff as the boys, and many of the featured athletes are women as well. Along with the wild rides is plenty of the science behind them --how sports shoes are designed and made, the physics of snowboarding, and why your feet can smell bad are just a few examples. The production values are terrific, and the shows are very entertaining. Some of the activities, however, are quite dangerous. Although they are always performed with all the requisite safety equipment, parents will want to be sure their kids understand what "don't try this at home" means.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

PMK features four young hosts who travel around the world seeking out adventure. They ride luges down roads, play sports with professional athletes, hunt for poisonous snakes in the desert, and try some pretty outrageous stuff, like kite waterskiing. What makes this more than just a lot of fun riding around is the explanations of the science behind the fun. The physics of the different sports are explained, and there are hands-on projects, ranging from building your own zip line to how to collect water in the desert. There are cartoons, and funny sequences featuring Charlie, the show's least competent host, who happens to be an adult.

Is it any good?


Whether you're an armchair athlete or an extreme sports addict, this video will entertain and inform. The show is sensitive to gender issues, letting the girl hosts do plenty of wild stunts, and featuring female professional athletes in a number of sports. The photography and animation are top notch, and the science and fun are seamlessly woven together. This is a well-made show, one that kids and parents will both enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the science behind the sports covered in this program, and can do some research on the science behind other sports.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 8, 2005
DVD release date:March 8, 2005
Studio:Koch Vision
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Science and nature
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

This review of Popular Mechanics for Kids: X-treme Sports and Other Action Adventures was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools