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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Quirky indie about elite runner has a few edgy scenes.

Movie NR 2017 89 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

good movie

Really shines some light on the hardships olympic swimmers face

This title has:

Too much violence
age 13+

Great messages and female protagonist

I watched this movie with my 13 year old nephew and a group of his male and female friends. After, we spoke about having the strength to work towards a goal and what this might mean in terms of being different or "out of sync" with everyone else at school. Plus it’s wonderful to see a film that provides a strong female protagonist – avoids over sexualizing her – and shows clearly that pursuing her dreams are every bit as important to her as her new romance.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This coming-of-age film (of sorts) treads in familiar territory but explores it through a surprising prism -- the life and work of an elite runner -- making for a quiet-but-charming movie. Pappas, an accomplished runner but not a natural actress, isn't exactly at her best as a thespian, but Plum is a character we don't often see in movies of this genre. Plus, to Pappas' credit, she did co-write the script and co-direct the film. Tracktown's world is truly fascinating, peopled by obsessives who are gifted with otherworldly talent and ruled by schedules, mileage, and odd rituals (a raw egg downed every single morning upon waking, frequent naps in an altitude tent).

It's a lonely life in many ways, and regimented, too, but Plum is such an interestingly drawn character that a predictable story no longer feels predictable. Still, it's over-indulgent: First, not many of the cast members are particularly good actors (save for Andy Buckley and Rachel Dratch as Plum's parents), and although it's fun to see real-life Olympians make cameos, only the most committed track fans are likely to appreciate the athletes' best attempts at acting. The story also gets a bit sluggish as it makes its way to the finish line. And, surprisingly for a film about an elite runner, there isn't really enough about track and field itself, which is disappointing. But Eugene, Oregon, is gorgeous: It will beckon to audiences for a run and a visit, no question.

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