A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship, loyalty, hard work.
Positive Role Models
Sam is a single father who raised Cam after Sam's wife died in a car accident -- he tries to teach Cam the importance of family and loyalty, lessons Cam must learn the hard way. Sam is also a loyal friend, passionate about racing and winning, but wants to win the right way, unlike some who oppose him on the track.
Sports movie centered on dirt track stock car racing.
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Violence & Scariness
Sam has flashbacks of the car accident that resulted in the death of his wife. Some accidents on the race track, including one that was a result of cheating that sends a character to the hospital with two broken legs. Stubby tells the story of how he ended up with one leg -- it involves fishing around an alligator. Sam knocks out a mouthy rival in the bar with one punch.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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"F--k" used several times. Also: "bulls--t," "horses--t," "s--t," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "pissed," "damn," "crap," "badass," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Budweiser bottles and PBR cans.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
After losing a race, Sam gets drunk in a bar and downs several shots before punching a rival. He has to be carried out by his best friend. Beer and wine drinking. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trading Paint is a 2019 action drama in which John Travolta plays a legendary stock car driver going on one last race on the dirt track. Expect some language, including "f--k." Drinking, including a scene in which Travolta's character binge drinks shots at the bar, gets drunk, then punches out a mouthy rival before he's carried out by a friend. Cigarette smoking. Flashbacks of a fatal car accident. An accident on the racetrack results in two broken legs for one of the main characters. Some positive messages on loyalty, family, friendship. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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