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Dust to Glory Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It turns out that speeding along dirt roads isn't nearly as photogenic - or as varied - as surfing is.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Filmmaker Dana Brown's major error is that he doesn't just shut up and get out of the way.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The race is more like a private poker game held upstairs in somebody's suite during the World Series of Poker.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    It's an adrenaline rush of a film.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Up-close look at an off-road motor race.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although it's a documentary, many kids will be interested in this story of an annual off-road motor race along Mexico's Baja peninsula. Filled with swooping camera angles, race action and, yes, dust, there are no villains in this telling, just noble competitors, and for most of them winning is secondary to the thrill of just being in the race itself. There is brief profanity, and we hear about some fatalities (although we do not see them). The film does make it clear that the sport is dangerous and not easy. Strong messages include the volunteer efforts behind putting the race together and the selflessness of the participants. Also worth noting are the family relationships strengthened by the contest. Some teams are fathers and sons; others are brothers, and one team, the only females depicted at length, are racing wives and mothers who have gotten together in a team of their own.

  • Families can talk about the dangers of racing and its effects on the drivers and their families. What does it take to put on a race?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Most, though not all, of the racers are white and male (and, seemingly, wealthy enough to indulge in an expensive race venture), but that being said, all the ones in the spotlight are depicted as good sports and noble competitors. Especially nice are the stars who go out of their way to sign autographs and give away free team jerseys to their worshipful fans, and one team goes so far as to fund an orphanage.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Lots of dangerous driving, a few (offscreen) fatalities.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: What appears to be a dirty joke over the closing credits, but likely to go way over kids' heads.

  • language false0

    Language: Someone says "ass," but with all the mechanical breakdowns it's amazing more choice words weren't used.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Like it or not, these athletes and their vehicles are often walking billboards, with sponsor labels constantly in view.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Reference to beer-drinking (though the beverage most consumed seems to be Red Bull).