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Speed Racer

All his life Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) has dreamed of competing in a cross-country rally. With the support of his parents (John Goodman and Susan Sarandon) and girlfriend (Christina Ricci), the young man hones his natural skills. But the hotshot driver soon discovers he will need more than his incredible talent and his Mach 5 vehicle to beat a power-hungry tycoon (Roger Allam) intent on profiting from the racing world by fixing the matches. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Theater Release: 08 May 2008
Video Release: 15 Sep 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Speed Racer Rated PG?


From an early age, Speed Racer loves cars and struggles to keep his mind on his studies at school. On occasion, he is involved in schoolyard fights. However, the sport is not without it’s risks. Cars frequently crash, start on fire or explode. Drivers are forced over embankments or off cliffs. Some use illegal devices to disable their opponents’ cars. A young man drives aggressively when angry. Characters are shot, beaten, drugged, kicked in the groin and hit with a wrench. Others engage in hand-to-hand martial combat. A man has a gun held to his head. Cheating, bribery and threats are used. Women are shown in swimsuits and low cut dresses. Brief moments of mild sexual innuendo are included. A scene of surgery is shown along with some bloody injuries. Drinking and smoking take place at a party or in a gambling establishment. The script contains a scatological reference, some infrequent profanities and vulgarities.

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