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Down and Derby (2005)

A small town Pinewood Derby competition transforms an average group of dads into an awkward bunch of competitors.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Davis
Kim Davis
Brady Davis
Big Jimmy
Deborah Ashton ...
Angel Scaldoni
Danny Scaldoni
Ross Brockley ...
Blaine Moosman
Charlotte Moosman
Nicholas Nengas ...
Todd Moosman
Ace Montana
Teri Montana
Eric Jacobs ...
A.J. Montana
Ono Yakimoto
Joey Miyashima ...
Kyosho Yakimoto
K.J. Adachi ...
Kyosho's Son


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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Comedy | Family

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

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Release Date:

24 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$43,930, 17 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$204,481, 16 October 2005
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Did You Know?


Each year since 1953, over 2 million Pinewood Derby cars are built worldwide by boys and girls in YMCA, Indian Princess, scouting, church and other youth group competitions. See more »


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


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

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Don't Expect Much.....
2 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

It's a good idea for a story but there is not enough substance to it. The movie becomes predictable after the first twenty minutes. The film would be better served if it cultivated other family life issues along with the derby. When winning the Derby is the only thing this whole movie is about than the entertainment value is compromised. My son and I just won our local event, so I do know about what it is like to have that male fixation to build and race your own car. Nonetheless when I tried watching the movie with my son the other day he was utterly bored. The acting is also pretty sad. The only redeeming quality of this feature is Lauren Holly in a sun dress....enough said!

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