Source: Catholic News Service
Overly long and only so-so live-action adventure yarn -- based on the 1960s Japanese animated TV series -- about a young race car driver (Emile Hirsch) who, with the loving support of his parents (John Goodman and Susan Sarandon) and girlfriend (Christina Ricci), stands up to the corrupt race sponsor (Roger Allam) and other baddies to compete in the race that killed his big brother. The Wachowski brothers, co-writers and directors, employ colorful animated backgrounds, and the positive family values and nice performances are added pluses, but the alternately chaotic and sentimental plotline will be of most interest to diehard fans of the cartoon, while some of the violence and language are a tad strong for those youngest viewers who might appreciate it most. Imax and conventional. Some intense, but not graphic, action violence, some crass language and expressions, and mild profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
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