Racing Dreams

2009 PG 1h 36m DVD

Racing Dreams

2009 PG 1h 36m DVD
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From go-kart champs, NASCAR winners are bred - or so goes the thinking of the drivers involved in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. This documentary follows three of the series' top contenders.
Annabeth Barnes, Josh Hobson, Brandon Warren
Marshall Curry
Widescreen 1.77:1
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this documentary covers one year in the lives of three young go-kart racing stars. Junior racers Annabeth Barnes, age 11; Josh Hobson, age 12; and senior racer Brandon Warren, age 13 all are significant contenders in a five-race series over one season that determines the national WKA (World Karting Association) champions. Racing Dreams, winner of multiple film festival awards, takes in much more than the preparation and races. The families, the culture, the individual work ethics, and the kids' activities outside of racing are explored. Audiences will get to know Annabeth, Josh, and Brandon, root for them, and come to understand what propels them to succeed. One of the boys struggles with family issues (including parental addictions and abandonment), but his loving grandparents strive to give his life balance and security. Dozens of sports-affiliated products and brands are recognizable on clothing, go-karts, cars, banners, and so on throughout the film.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Competitive go-kart racing results in one kart overturning, no injuries.


A few insults: "retarded," "screwup."

Social Behavior

Illustrates how hard work, commitment, and parental support help achieve positive results for kids with firm goals. Shows that a passion for sport and for winning may provide a healthy outlet for a child's feelings of rage and abandonment.


Countless sporting manufacturers' products are on-screen, on the go-karts, clothing, and gear; as named sponsors; and in advertisements: Ultramax, X-Caliber, Abercrombie, Lowe's, Uniroyal, Greased Lightning, Delco. Food products visible in the kitchens of the subjects include Mountain Dew, Hunt's, Pioneer Sugar, Pepsi, Cheez-Its, and more.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Parental substance abuse affects the life of one of the subjects. His father appears to live with his son and stays sober for a time, then retreats into his addictions. No on-camera use of drugs.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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