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  • 3.0

    out of 100

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A sports bio movie that I really enjoyed about a sport and sports hero I barely knew existed: the World Hour Record competition for bicyclists and its gutsy, tormented and most unusual champion, Graeme Obree.

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OK for kids 14+

Cycling drama doesn't quite race to the finish.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this based-on-a-true story sports movie aspires to be inspirational, which works half the time. But it also brings up questions about depression and madness, including an onscreen suicide attempt, which may not be answered by the film itself -- and may be tricky for teens to put into context. Other than that, the content is pretty mild.

  • Families can talk about how the media creates a hero. What did Obree have to live up to in terms of his fame? How does this portrayal compare to what you've seen in other sports movies? Does it sometimes seem like all famous sports figures have to overcome adversity? Does what happens in their personal life matter, or should significance be placed solely on what they achieve in their field?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The main character makes a valiant effort to stay noble in the face of unfair judging during a race. He also clearly demonstrates that he's not a quitter. There are some dark moments when he's lost in the fog of depression and bullying by classmates when he's younger.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Obree is bullied as a child (kicked, shoved, and worse) and meets up with the same mean crowd later, at which point he reacts with rage. He also tries to kill himself by hanging. (A father and a child find him.) Some shouting between Obree and his manager.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Some kissing between couples, but no more than that (sex is only hinted at).

  • language false0

    Language: Mild. Some use of "damn."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Bicycle paraphernalia, including wheels by Specialized.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking in pubs and at post-race celebrations (champagne popping).