The Flying Scotsman
When an amateur cyclist designs and builds his own bike from washing machine parts and other scrap, his dedication pays off as he breaks a world speed record and becomes a hero in this inspiring true story about one man's determination to win.
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- Douglas Mackinnon
- This movie is
PG-13Some mature thematic elements and strong language
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this based-on-a-true story sports movie aspires to be inspirational, which works half the time. But it also brings up questions about depression and madness, including an onscreen suicide attempt, which may not be answered by the film itself -- and may be tricky for teens to put into context. Other than that, the content is pretty mild.
- Sexual Content
- Some kissing between couples, but no more than that (sex is only hinted at).
- Obree is bullied as a child (kicked, shoved, and worse) and meets up with the same mean crowd later, at which point he reacts with rage. He also tries to kill himself by hanging. (A father and a child find him.) Some shouting between Obree and his manager.
- Mild. Some use of "damn."
- Social Behavior
- The main character makes a valiant effort to stay noble in the face of unfair judging during a race. He also clearly demonstrates that he's not a quitter. There are some dark moments when he's lost in the fog of depression and bullying by classmates when he's younger.
- Bicycle paraphernalia, including wheels by Specialized.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Drinking in pubs and at post-race celebrations (champagne popping).
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it