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Down and Derby (2005)

 -  Comedy | Family  -  15 April 2005 (USA)
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A small town Pinewood Derby competition transforms an average group of dads into an awkward bunch of competitors.

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Down and Derby is a family comedy about a small town Pinewood Derby competition that transforms an average group of dads into an awkward bunch of competitors. On the outside, Phil Davis is the typical dad and friendly neighbor. On the inside, he is unresolved and at a breaking point with his childhood rival, Ace Montana. Desperate for the elusive first place, Phil sees his son's Pinewood Derby race as a breakthrough opportunity to beat Ace, who also has a Cub Scout son. Surrounded by more overzealous dads in the same cul-de-sac, they all disregard the event's ideals and completely take over the design, planning and construction of the cars. In the crazed world of derby fever, the kids are lucky if they get to pick the paint color or attach a decal. Hilarity builds as the dads teeter on the edge of insanity and resort to backstabbing, cover-ups and sabotage. Wives, families and jobs are ignored with extreme consequences. The farce reaches comical and outrageous levels when in the end, ... Written by Stone

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Small cars that make grown-ups act like really big kids See more »

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Rated PG for some crude humor and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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$43,930 (USA) (15 April 2005)

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$204,481 (USA) (14 October 2005)
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Trivia

The Pinewood Derby was created in May 1953 by Don Murphy (Cub Scout Pack 280C) in Manhattan Beach, California. See more »

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The Webelos Den Leader has a different pack number on her uniform (585) than the kids in her den (123). See more »

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Spoofed in South Park: Pinewood Derby (2009) See more »

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Godawful mess, and the scouts should distance themselves from this turkey
24 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, let's see. Men are stupid, living vicariously thru their sons and would rather pursue their hobby than enrich their marriage and family life; all married women have large breasts and shallow minds, Japanese men are even more stupid and shallow than their American counterparts.

yup, these are ideas that we want in the heads of America's boys and young men...It's appropriate that I write this review on Thanksgiving...what a turkey this movie is! It was and should be an embarrassment to the American Film industry. The Boy Scouts of America should put as much distance as possible between themselves and this sinfully bad movie.

As far as the "satire" and "parody" comments, those remind me of the tired old line "I don't know what you're talking about" when the murderer is uncovered (It's obvious he does). In other words, they call it a satire because deep down they know how BAD their work is. (See "Charlie's Angels", Eddie Murphy in "Harlem Nights", etc.)


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