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X Games: The Movie Review

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  • 38

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    If you're a fan of extreme skateboarding, motorcycling and motocross, this is the movie for you. If not, not. And even if you are, what's in the film other than what you might have seen on TV? Yes, it's in 3D, which adds nothing and dims the picture.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Only in the loosest sense is X Games 3D: The Movie an actual movie. It is essentially a promotional film for extreme action sports and ESPN.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Sports documentary is full of sights -- and salesmanship.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sports documentary showcases high-energy, high-risk stunts performed by expert professionals. There's a high degree of danger in these events, and viewers see plenty of high-altitude falls and bone-jarring crashes. Kids will glean some positive messages from the athletes' professionalism, enthusiasm, and camaraderie -- but they'll also probably need strong reminders that similar stunts shouldn't be undertaken lightly or replicated at home. Expect to see lots of sponsor logos in nearly every scene.

  • Families can talk about the appeal and the excitement of extreme sports. Do audiences get into it because of the competitors' athleticism and daring ... or because there's always a chance that someone could get hurt? Does the element of risk make sports more exciting?
  • The X Games are always highly branded. Why do you think corporations try to associate themselves with this kind of event? How does seeing so many logos and product names affect kids?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The athletes have a fierce determination and a strong work ethic (which they apply to dangerous and possibly fatal sporting events and stunts, but still...). The athletes' behavior embodies good sportsmanship and sends a message about the value of friendship and support.

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    Role models: Parents need to be very up front about discussing the fact that these are trained athletes whose actions should not be imitated by kids. Although the athletes are presented as responsible  and professional, they consistently push the limits of sense and caution, up to and including engaging in high-risk stunts with broken bones incurred in previous events.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Various high-impact spills, falls, and accidents in the context of extreme sports; a disclaimer at the start of the film notes that all of the film's stunts are performed by "trained professionals under highly supervised conditions."

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    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false1

    Language: Nothing audible beyond "oh my God," although at one point a frustrated athlete clearly -- albeit wordlessly -- expresses a stronger expletive.

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    Consumerism: The film features a profusion of sponsor logos in the staging areas and on the athletes' gear, including Mountain Dew, Taco Bell, Dunlop, Yamaha, Staples, Shoei, Verizon, the Navy, and many more. The movie could also be considered one big promotion for the X Games themselves, which are a very commercialized event.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Winners brandish champagne on the stand at athletic events.