Sports Crash

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Real-life crashes caught on film are dangerous, unnerving.

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Positive Messages

Motorsports can be very, very dangerous. The real-life crashes seen here all seem to have the potential to leave people badly injured or worse, though most of the participants manage to escape serious harm. And even people who don’t seem to make obvious bad decisions or attempt dubious stunts can suddenly find themselves involved in life-threatening accidents. Kids may need to be reminded not to try anything like this at home.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many of the drivers here are well-trained, experienced professionals, while others are amateurs trying to impress their friends by pulling risky stunts. All of them risk danger, though some take bigger risks than others.

Violence

The entire show consists of clips of harrowing crashes and explosions during motorsports and other vehicular activities, including car races, boat races, truck races, motorcycle acrobatics, bicycle stunts, etc. The real-life accidents look quite dangerous, potentially deadly, and though the participants seem to escape without serious injuries, they're sometimes seen with bloody cuts or being carried off on stretchers.

Sex
Language

Some words are bleeped, and some hard-to-hear segments are subtitled, with swearing translated onscreen as &!#* symbols.

Consumerism

Many of the professional sporting events featured on the show are sponsored by well-known brands, and their names and logos are quite visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show features nonstop footage of harrowing accidents from a wide variety of racing sports. Auto races, boat races, snowmobile races – the common denominator is dangerous crashes, with vehicles flipping, rolling, and sometimes even exploding. Though none of the participants  seem to come away with serious injuries, the intense collisions all have the potential to cause grievous harm. Remind any kids who watch that dangerous stunts of any kind shouldn't be tried at home. Expect some mild, bleeped swearing.

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What's the story?

SPORTS CRASH is certainly named appropriately. The show is nothing but film clips of real-life accidents from dangerous racing sports -- car races, boat races, snowmobile jumps, motorcycle stunts, and more. If it moves and crashes, it’s fair game (even better if there’s the potential for fiery explosions or multiple flips). The narrator sometimes slows the footage down to dissect the exact moment that something goes wrong. And while all of these crashes clearly have the potential to cause terrible injuries or worse, somehow the participants always manage to escape serious harm.

Is it any good?

Even people who say they have no interest in crashes like the ones featured on Sports Crash will probably be unable to resist a quick peek at the footage showcased here. And these are really and truly spectacular accidents. Trucks roll end-over-end-over end and then explode, just as the driver is safely pulled out. Speedboats spontaneously burst into flames. Stunt bicyclists face-plant down a set of stairs. It’s impossible to look away.

Still, crash after crash after crash does start to get tedious. And while these people walk away, usually, there are many other accidents -- not included in this show -- in which the outcomes are much worse. There’s something a bit macabre about deriving too much enjoyment from this footage. It’s intense, real-life danger, which doesn’t necessarily make for wholesome entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of this kind of show. Why do people enjoy watching crashes? What's the impact of seeing violence on TV?

  • Would you want to be a race-car driver? What do you think motivates people to take up such dangerous sports?

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For kids who love action

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