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Redline Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    Redline isn't exactly a car wreck, mainly because it's far less exciting, and you can, in fact, look away. Perhaps at your shoes.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    This film is about surfaces, for young men with testosterone to burn, and the racing passages snap.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A demolition derby starring some of the most expensive cars on Earth, Redline portrays a world so drenched in wealth it gives off a stench.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Redline is the cinematic equivalent of a sports car ad in Maxim magazine.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 14 and under

Mindless auto racing film a drag for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the cool cars and sexy women may appeal to teens (particularly boys), this is a violent film -- explosions, gunfights, fistfights, etc. -- that glamorizes illegal street and track racing. While the action scenes are exciting to a certain extent, there's not much acknowledgement of the injuries that the racers so obviously incur. Their cars blow up, and the other drivers cackle. There's some racy content, and plenty of swearing and drinking. Theoretically, the movie is about one woman's willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve her dream -- to be a rock star -- but this major plot point is used simply as a device; there's little exploration.

  • Families can talk about racing. Why does the media tend to glamorize the sport? Does anything -- the sport's danger, for example -- get lost in the process? Do any movies and/or TV shows offer a more realistic view of racing? Families can also discuss gambling. How do people become gambling addicts? Does the way gambling is depicted in the movie make it appealing? Why? Finally, parents can ask their kids about the role that women play in the movie. Aside from Natasha, are any other female characters strong and powerful? For that matter, does Natasha herself really seem powerful?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Plenty of gambling (with real and counterfeit money). Women are there to garnish the automotive buffet. Natasha is wagered, like chattel, between two rivals. Drivers are gleeful when their competitors have accidents.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Lots, including gunfights, explosions, fistfights, melees, and car accidents that end up in a blaze of misplaced glory.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Plenty of innuendo; busty, scantily clad women, and men ogling and pawing women. One sample line: "You don't mind when my mouth is all over your stuff." Also, a post-coital scene.

  • language false3

    Language: No extreme expletives, though "s--t" and "ass" do creep into the dialogue.

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: It's practically a car commercial. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and SLRs -- oh my!

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alcohol abounds, almost as though cars and alcohol go together (take that, MADD!), which they obviously don't. Characters swig from bottles and do shots.