Elba vs. Block

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun driving challenges feature harrowing stunts, cursing.

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Positive Messages

This driving competition was designed to showcase extreme car stunts. There’s no real warning about the dangers involved (only concerns about completing the challenges). 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The drivers enjoy some mild boasting and insult hurling, but it's fun and light-hearted. Both men are well-respected in their industries and communities. 

Violence

Controlled obstacle courses and races are dangerous, and require cars and trucks to speed, jump, drive through flames, etc. Safety teams move in when cars catch fire, crash into things, and other mishaps occur. No one gets hurt. 

Sex
Language

Profanity includes "f--k," which is bleeped. The word "s--t" is audible. 

Consumerism

Lots of logos are visible on the racers' clothing for Toyo Tires, Ford, Monster Energy Drink, and other motorsport sponsors. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Elba vs. Block features a Hollywood actor and a professional rally driver competing in dangerous driving stunts. Idris Elba and Ken Block face off to drive treacherous obstacle courses and perform multiple car stunts in a controlled environment. The challenges include speeding, jumping vehicles, and driving through flames. Safety teams move in when mishaps occur, but no one gets hurt. There’s some mild, humorous insults launched back and forth between the competitors, and some cursing, which includes "f--k" (bleeped) and "s--t." Drivers wear logos for Ford, Toyo Tires, Monster Energy Drink, and other motorsport sponsors. There are no explicit warnings about the hazards of these stunts, so viewers of all ages should be reminded to never try anything they see here at home. 

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What's the story?

ELBA VS. BLOCK features two men competing in car stunts to see who’s the faster and better driver. Actor Idris Elba and professional rally driver and YouTube celebrity Ken Block go head-to-head in London’s Docklands to see who can outperform the other. From racing cars through obstacle courses lit on fire to jumping vehicles in the air, the two drive as fast as they can to reach the finish line in minimal time, and in one piece. The winner of each race gets bragging rights. 

Is it any good?

This eight-episode unscripted series features lots of adrenaline-fueled moments as the two men try to outdrive each other. While Ken Block shows off his professional skill set, Idris Elba, a self-proclaimed speed driver, does his best to challenge him throughout. The precarious obstacle courses -- and the fact that the competitors are clearly having fun -- makes the show exciting and entertaining. If you like motorsport, you'll find Elba vs. Block a reality competition worthy of your time. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different driving challenges featured on Elba vs. Block. Does Idris Elba expect to beat a professional stunt driver? Or is he simply challenging Ken Block for the fun of it?

  • What are some of the dangers associated with performing car stunts? Should TV programs that feature professional stunt driving be required to warn viewers about the hazards they present? 

  • Can you think of any TV shows, movies, or even commercials that feature car stunts? Does this show change the way you perceive professional drivers?

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