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Nitro Circus: The Movie Review

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    Watching people take their lives into their hands shouldn't be as tedious as Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D, which could be described as "Jackass" with a death wish (or "Wipeout" without the water).

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  • 50

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    Los Angeles Times

    Strictly for fans only.

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  • 50

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    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    Only a couple of times do the stunts have that extra ingredient - wit - that makes this kind of thing amusing to watch.

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Falling somewhere between the X Games and Jackass on the Knievel Scale of Senseless Self-Endangerment, the crew known as Nitro Circus offers more physical and technical prowess than Johnny Knoxville's crew without stooping to anything so disciplined it might accidentally be called a sport.

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Iffy for 13+

Dangerous stunts, teasing, injuries aren't entertaining.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D is a big-screen version of MTV's Travis Pastrana and his band of crazy stuntmen doing their usual dangerous, over-the-top stuff. Expect tons of wild stunts -- mostly involving sending various vehicles up and over ramps -- as well as lots of crashes and injuries; one character survives a horrible car crash and goes to the hospital. Language is fairly strong; "f--k" is bleeped, and "s--t" is sometimes, too, but not always. The team's lone female member is seen posing for sexy pictures while wearing a revealing leather outfit. There's also heavy product placement, as several sports drinks are corporate sponsors. These guys have many young fans who will be clamoring to see this movie and, despite a warning at the beginning about not trying this stuff at home, possibly eager to try similar stunts themselves. So beware.

  • Families can talk about stunts. Movies like Nitro Circus highlight stunts that -- unlike those in blockbuster action films -- seem to involve neither planning nor safety. Which looks more exciting? Why? Which seem more "real" or more dangerous? Why do you think people choose to perform these kinds of stunts?
  • How does the impact of this kind of violence compare to that of action and horror movies? Are stunts more fun to watch if have more potential danger? Why?
  • Why do these kinds of performers become so famous? What message does that send to kids?
  • Why do the performers spend so much time teasing and ridiculing one another? Do they come across as real friends?

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    Messages: The characters are ridiculed for being outsiders and then celebrated for their "courage" in performing these ridiculous stunts -- which unfortunately make them famous. Characters also tease each other while preparing for stunts. That said, the movie does come with the usual warning against trying these stunts at home, and there are consequences in at least one case: one stunt goes terribly wrong, and a driver is sent to the hospital.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: One character, "Wheelz" -- who's in a wheelchair -- shows that people with disabilities can do exciting and dangerous things as well as able-bodied people. But overall the characters are immature and irresponsible.

What to watch for
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    Violence: No weapons or blood, but there are many scenes of gratuitous, life-altering violence, including dozens of car crashes, bicycle crashes, and many other crashes. Human bodies slam into the ground or water with horrible, painful impact. Some characters sustain bruises or painful injuries, and sometimes they're taken to the hospital for treatment.

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    Sex: The lone female member of the team, Jolene Van Vugt, is shown taking sexy pictures during the film's opening minutes. She wears a revealing, tight leather outfit. But during the rest of the movie, she appears normally and is just one of the "guys."

  • language false3

    Language: A couple of uses of "f--k" are bleeped, as are some uses of "s--t" (but not all). Other audible language includes "p---y," "crap," "butt," "vagina," "hell," "ass," "balls," "bastard," "damn," "oh my god," and "douche."

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    Consumerism: The cast members have corporate sponsors and are constantly seen wearing T-shirts and hats with corporate logos. Logos also appear on various vehicles. They're mostly for sports drinks: Red Bull, Muscle Milk, Rockstar, and Monster. Suzuki is also a sponsor.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alcoholic beverages are mentioned, as in "I'm going to go have a beer," but nothing is actually shown. "Moonshine" is mentioned.