Parents' Guide to

Trading Paint

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Action, drinking, language in dirt track racing movie.

Movie R 2019 87 minutes
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This is an okay, if mostly flat, sports action movie centered on dirt track stock car racing. Trading Paint has its moments, but there are also scenes where not much seems to happen. On the conflict that emerges between legendary veteran Sam (played by John Travolta, whose Southern accent isn't as awful as cynics might think) and his son, the up-and-coming star Cam, the track announcers say things like "you can't write this any better" and "it's like a true Southern soap opera." Unfortunately, the first quote isn't true, and the second quote isn't really accurate.

At the same time, despite the story's shortcomings, there's a clear love of the people and culture of stock car racing at this minor league level. There's a love of the sport and the work it takes to succeed that comes through in many of these scenes. That's fine and even admirable, but there still needs to be a story with action and tension and drama taken to its full potential and possibility, and in that sense, the movie falls short.

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