Mark and Russell's Wild Ride

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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So-so slapstick buddy comedy has a few positive messages.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Mark and Russell break one rule after another in their quest to earn Mark's driver's license, and there aren't any repercussions for what they do. There's some name-calling (a guy who picks his nose is called "Booger Tom," for instance), social casting, and the implication that your appearance determines your popularity, but there's also an overarching theme about being yourself in spite of society's pressures. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The most prominent adult figure is a scattered middle-aged man who desperately bribes the guys into stalking his wife in an attempt to win her back. Mark's parents are oblivious to his activities, and the teens justify the mayhem they cause with their need for Mark's license. Even so, there's a nod to fairness and being true to your word in the end, and Mark learns a lesson about relationships.

Violence & Scariness

Some physical comedy (a crash, a boy slaps his friend during a panic attack) and verbal threats from a bully. 

Sexy Stuff

The guys' misadventures are the result of Mark's crush on a classmate, and he daydreams about seeing her in a swimsuit, among other things.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mark and Russell's Wild Ride is a silly comedy with some physical humor, many exaggerated characters, and a rather sweet story of a teen crush. It involves two teens breaking numerous rules -- and some laws -- in their quest for Mark to pass his driving test, which is prompted by the need to impress a girl. Much is made of social castes in high school, and the unpopular kids are branded with nicknames such as "Booger Tom." On the plus side, the characters learn that there's merit to being yourself, and friendship is an overriding theme. 

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Kid, 11 years old June 24, 2017


Don't waste your time. Terrible movie.
Teen, 13 years old Written byFilmwatcher123 March 18, 2016


So boring was looking forward to it and was disappointed boring at the start and hate the main character so annoying don't bother

What's the story?

MARK AND RUSSELL'S WILD RIDE sees BFFs Mark (Joey Bragg) and Russell (Sean Giambrone) set out on a crazy quest to earn Mark's license to drive. Relegated to the unpopular table their whole lives, Mark sees his social fortune turning around after hitting it off with his attractive lab partner, Ashley. But when Ashley (Tiera Skovbye) asks for a ride to an upcoming party right after he fails his driving test for the fifth time, he and Russell lobby a notoriously lenient DMV instructor named Glenn (Chris Gauthier) to give him one last shot at success. Little do they know about the adventure that awaits them, with Glenn along for the ride. 

Is it any good?

This mostly forgettable buddy comedy is a long-winded series of outlandish and bizarre circumstances that grow tired after the first 30 minutes or so. It's not terribly clever, and the laughs become easy to predict after a while, but on the whole, the content isn't a worry for kids and tweens who may want to watch.

If bright spots are to be found, they're in Mark and Russell's friendship, which proves it can endure just about anything that's thrown at it; and in Gauthier's very funny portrayal of Glenn the dim driving instructor. There's also a nice culmination to the geeky-guy-loves-popular-girl device, with some obvious reminders about the sometimes surprising rewards of embracing what makes you unique. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what this movie says about popularity. How is it assigned? Kids: Is it important to you that other people consider you popular? Why, or why not? 

  • What rules do the characters break during their adventure? How would repercussions be different if this kind of thing happened in the real world? 

  • Do any role models exist in this show? Is that important in a comedy? What shows or movies have you seen that do have positive role models? 

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For kids who love comedy duos

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