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Down and Derby Review

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Crammed with charmless characters and/or hammy performances.

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  • 50

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    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    The cartoonish movie might have made for a funny half-hour short or sitcom pilot but runs out of track well before its conclusion.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety Joe Leydon

    A modestly amusing family-friendly comedy about a miniature car race that brings out the worst in overzealous fathers who compete with each other through their children.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Silly satire of competitive dads has some iffy humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Down and Derby has some iffy humor, with fart sounds and some slapstick Peeping Tom behavior. Lots of absurd competition that underscores the movie's message of the importance of parents and kids working together while enjoying each others' company.

  • Families can talk about competition. How does this film teach lessons in good sportsmanship? What is unhealthy competition?
  • Have you seen similar instances of parents taking the projects or sporting events of their kids way too seriously? How did it make you feel?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Through comedy, the movie shows the importance of fathers and sons connecting, and shows how other things can get in the way of these opportunities if you aren't careful.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: As a father, Phil learns to let go of his competitive rivalry with Ace, and to see the Pinewood Derby as a chance to spend quality time with his son.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: After a perceived home invasion, a self-styled neighborhood security guard shows up with a gun. Two dads sustain injuries after sneaking into a rival neighbor's home to steal the world-record-holding Pinewood Derby car.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A woman is shown showering from the shoulders-up. She asks who she believes to be her husband for a towel, but it's actually a neighbor who has snuck into their home to steal a Pinewood Derby car. Another father who has also snuck into the house climbs down from a tree and looks into the bathroom window while the woman showers. A man hugs his much taller wife and his face is pressed against her breasts.

  • language false0

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A father sips from a glass of wine while working on a Pinewood Derby car, but does not act intoxicated.