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Snake & Mongoo$e Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Enjoyable drag racing movie has smoking, mild profanity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Snake & Mongoose is a 2013 movie chronicling the historical friendly rivalry between two of drag racing's best-known competitors, and how they helped make drag racing a more popular sport in the '60s and '70s. Characters are frequently shown smoking cigarettes and cigars and drinking beer. There are some moments of mild sexual innuendo, as Mongoose is frequently shown flirting with attractive women. There are also scenes in which Mongoose's son is shown dying from leukemia that might be difficult for more sensitive viewers. Sponsors, Mattel and Hot Wheels in particular, are frequently shown and appear on the uniforms and vehicles of the drag racers.

  • Families can talk about drag racing. How is the history of drag racing shown? Did you learn anything new about the sport?
  • How is the culture of drag racing represented through the excitement of victory and the ever-present dangers of accidents?
  • How does this movie compare with other sports-themed movies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: This film shows the virtues of friendly competition and teamwork.

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    Role models: Despite the smoking, drinking, and swearing, the two main characters are dedicated to doing their best and bringing attention to their chosen sport.

What to watch for
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    Violence: There is some historical footage from actual drag races in which the vehicles spin out of control and burst into flames. Also, Mongoose's son is shown dying from leukemia.

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    Sex: Some flirtation and innuendo as Mongoose is conveyed as a "ladies' man," often seen flirting with female drag racing fans. Early in the film, a man and a woman are shown making out.

  • language false2

    Language: Occasional mild profanity. "For Christ's sake." "Bitching." "Pompous pr--k." "Ass."

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    Consumerism: This movie, about drag racing's growing popularity in the '60s and '70s, is presented in part by the National Hot Rod Association. The drag racing vehicles and the uniforms of the racers are covered in sponsors ranging from Mattel, the U.S. Army, Coca-Cola, Olympia Beer, Ford, English Leather, Champion Spark Plugs, and Beechnut Gum. A fair amount of the movie is centered on Snake and Mongoose trying to secure sponsorship through Mattel, and having Mattel sell Hot Wheels car miniature versions of the drag racing vehicles they drive.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Snake is frequently shown smoking cigarettes. Characters are shown drinking beer and smoking cigarettes and cigars throughout the movie.