An overworked dad, missing out on his kids growing, takes an opportunity to start a "family business" thinking it will draw his family closer together - That is just mistake number one.


Jason Winn


R. Keith Harris





Credited cast:
Brooke Langton ... Carol Williamson
C. Thomas Howell ... Jenkins
John Ratzenberger ... Conrad Baines
M.C. Gainey ... D. H. - Dirty Harry Hawkins
M. Emmet Walsh ... Hank
Adam Hicks ... Jeremy Williamson
Michael Abbott Jr. ... Carl Highburn
Cole Bernstein ... Charlie
Robert Crayton ... Derwyn
R. Keith Harris ... Tom Williamson
Drew Matthews ... Clem Williamson
Sterling Hurst ... Mac Daddy
Chris Kelly Chris Kelly ... Race Announcer
Viktor Hernandez ... Cheerwine Delivery Man
Carol Parente ... Auction Attendee (as Carol Bruckner)


Tom, an over-worked husband and father, abandons his dead-end job to follow his dream of owning his own business. The only problem: he invested everything in a mechanic shop that has a lien in favor of his arch enemy and must now enter a dirt track race to win the prize money and save his family from ruin.

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We Bought A Zoo meets Days of Thunder on a dirt track!


Action | Comedy | Family | Sport


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Chris Kelly plays the voice of the race announcer. He is part of the morning show duo known as the Two Guys Named Chris or 2GNC on the radio station Rock 92 out of Greensboro North Carolina. See more »


After connecting the "broken line of communication" on the engine of the Charger, Jeremy is able to successfully start the car. The sound of the engine turning over was that of a small block Chevy, not a Mopar starter of that vintage. See more »

Crazy Credits

"No Animals, People, or race cars were hurt in the making of this movie... Well, a few race cars got dinged... but they were fine and racing the following week... except for the one we flipped - but we planned that. Oh yeah - and there was a splinter, and 2 cases of indigestion. But really, that's it." See more »


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Funny, heartwarming
26 March 2018 | by dewitt-26704See all my reviews

"Shifting Gears" is a fun, family-friendly, and touching film. Terrific cast. Adam Hicks shined as the youngest Williamson, the sincere, loveable teenager whose relationship with his father Tom drives much of the story. R. Keith Harris's performance is enjoyable whether he is provoking tears or laughter. C. Thomas Howell offered timely comedic moments while John Ratzenberger was a convincing nemesis, quite the opposite of gentle, fun-loving Cliff. Emmet Walsh was perfect for the Cheerwine-soaked-snuff-spitting bench-sitting man of mystery, and Brooke Langton was just right for the role of Carol, Tom's wife, bringing wisdom and warmth, keeping us, and her husband, grounded. The car racing scenes were authentic, if a bit too sparse. The engine sounds could have been amplified a bit more. Occasionally, serious material was treated with a bit of comedic effect that came across as out of place, as with the "Eat My Dust," "Kiss My Grits" verbal father-son sparing, a critical moment in their relationship that called for something a bit less silly-sounding. All in all, though, an enjoyable, feel good movie for everyone.

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Elkin, North Carolina, USA

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