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Right on Track

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Empowering Disney sports film tackles sexism in drag racing.

Movie NR 2003 89 minutes
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Based on a real-life drag racing duo, this Disney TV movie has a strong feminist slant running throughout. Right on Track also adds some nice touches that bring the theme outside of the racing track, such as a friend telling another it's ok to ask a boy out, and a license plate that says: "This is not my boyfriend's truck." Racing scenes are filmed well, feeling speedy enough on camera, and both Mitchell and a young Larson seem natural with the physical aspects of the sport.

However, individual obstacles are overcome very quickly, so the movie never quite cranks up the dramatic tension, which leaves it feeling a little one-note. Even the crash doesn't bring with it any great consequences for Erica and her family, beyond her perseverance catching the eye of a sponsor. Formulaic, but well executed, the movie fits easily among similar Disney Channel sports films, such as Double Teamed and Go Figure. And although it doesn't stand out as a classic, its feminist message will likely do the intended job of inspiring younger viewers to reject non-inclusive traditions and go for their dreams.

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