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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie is all about motorcycle racing. The competitions and stunts are sometimes exciting, often repetitive, shot with light digital cameras to emphasize movement and cut to highlight flying dirt and reacting crowds, as well as bikes flying through the air, crashing, and spinning. A couple of characters throw punches, girls wear tight outfits and show cleavage, boys curse mildly, drink beer and soda (they engage in a couple of kissing scenes that cut before much else happens). The racetracks feature prominent ads for bikes and bike-related products (tires, oil, and smokeless tobacco).
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What's the story?
After the death of their father, Trip (Mike Vogel) and older brother K.C. (Steve Howey) seek fame their own fame. Both gifted racers, they're opposite in temperament and appearance: tall and dark, K.C. rides "old school," according to Trip, playing it safe, whereas sandy-haired, slight-bodied Trip takes after their father, a "frequent flyer," who relishes catapulting himself-and-vehicle into the air, spinning and twisting until landing just hard enough to jolt your teeth fillings a bit.
Is it any good?
Low-budget and light on plot, SUPERCROSS: THE MOVIE focuses on its motorcycle races. Like '40s musicals, the movie arranges a loose-goosey plot to showcase fabulous dance numbers, here involving motorbikes and sand, smash cuts and frequent slow motion. Following a stunning first outing at a public race, they're both noted by Team Nami owner Clay (Robert Carradine), who hires K.C. to block other racers from endangering his son Rowdy's wins. Bald, inked, and vaguely egomaniacal, Rowdy (Channing Tatum) is the film's designated villain, though he's hardly colorful enough to warrant much attention.
The brothers eventually come to an understanding, though not with much help from adults. (No mothers in sight in this movie, but a pile-on of dads, including the dead one, a bad one, and a good one.) The races chart their changes: as the courses and crowds get larger, Trip and K.C. start making choices that are less selfish. But they never lose sight of their goal to "get famous."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the conflict between the brothers. Clichéd in its conception (one brother is independent-minded and aggressive, the other more conservative, but still an excellent racer!), how does the movie update old ideas to appeal to an X-games fan base? How are the girlfriends, opponents, and father figures all used to illuminate the brothers' relationship? Does Trip's sacrifice show his generosity, loyalty to his brother, devotion to his father's memory, or perhaps his questionable investment in a sports championship?
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