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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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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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Don Murphy, the founder of the Pinewood Derby, makes a guest appearance in the movie. See more »

Goofs

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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Hilarious, well acted comedy.
4 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you have any experience with the pinewood derby you will love this cleverly written film about the extremes some father's go to to win. Having participated in several pinewood derby's as a young Boy Scout, I loved the idea of this film. It spoofs the all too common tendency of a father to take the building and racing of their "son's" derby cars way too seriously. The competition becomes more between the fathers than the sons. The gags are clever. The spoofs, while exaggerated as they need to be for comedy, are all too real. Take the time to watch this film when you'd like to enjoy a good laugh, not to mention, a good message about putting your family first.


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