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Down and Derby (2005)

PG  |   |  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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Well worth seeing. For anyone involved in Pinewood Derby Races, it will bring back memories.
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This movies was one of the great movies about scouting that has come out in a long time. It was clean, funny, and can be related to by all levels of scouts and adults alike. Observant scouts and adult leaders will recognize the approximate 4 to 5 errors in the film dealing with the uniforms. Overlook those errors and you have a great family movie. You may choose to show the movie to your district or council. In that case, use the movie as a test to see who is paying attention to find those errors and give a prize the scout with the most errors found. I was heartbroken to see that it was in the theaters for only one week. Maybe if it was released it in January in time for the Pinewood Derby races, and publicized it a little, it probably would have had a better turn out. I can hardly wait until it comes out on VHS or DVD so I may buy a copy. As a Cubmaster, I am willing to help my district and/or council in showing it to the Cub Scouts.


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