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Down and Derby (2005)


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: Dull, predictable family fare.

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: Dull, predictable family fare.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 798



Movie Info

A handful of men begin behaving like children when their kids enter a Boy Scout competition in this family-friendly comedy. Ever since he was in fifth grade, Phil Davis (Greg Germann) has been coming in second place to Ace Montana (Marc Raymond) whenever they've been in some sort of competition together, and now that Phil and Ace are both middle-aged fathers, history seems to repeat itself when Brady (Adam Hicks), Phil's son, loses the city junior basketball championship to a team featuring … More

PG (for some crude humor and brief mild language)
Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Eric Hendershot
In Theaters:
Jan 24, 2006
Box Office:
Freestyle Releasing - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Down and Derby

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (21) | DVD (1)

It's all about these fathers and how crazy they are.

Full Review… | April 18, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Typical for this type of family-skewing comedy, performances vacillate between engagingly broad and annoyingly overstated.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
Top Critic

A cute family feature about the competitive little boy in every dad.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Crammed with charmless characters and/or hammy performances.

April 15, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Down and Derby has the look and feel of something that might turn up on a cable channel devoted to 'family-friendly' entertainment, where it might find a greater audience.

April 15, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Down and Derby is amusing enough to make a bit of money at the box office and become a shelf-stable DVD for years to come.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Silly satire of competitive dads has some iffy humor.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
Common Sense Media

Does better on DVD than it did on the big screen, as long as your expectations aren't too high.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

The cornball humor and aw- shucks demeanor often make the Disney Channel seem edgy by comparison.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Arizona Daily Star

Imbecilic, unreasonable and wretchedly unfunny.... The film is 5,580 seconds long, and not one of those seconds is believable.

Full Review… | April 18, 2005

A simple pleasure from start to finish.

Full Review… | April 18, 2005
Boxoffice Magazine

Heads in predictable directions and illuminates little besides the process of crafting cars to compete in the Scouts' Pinewood Derby.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
Sacramento Bee

The Pinewood Derby is a tradition dating back more than 50 years, but it's doubtful Down and Derby will hang around for more than a week.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

[A] decent old-school family film (with cuddly lessons and morals).

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
E! Online

Too often the movie defies description as a comedy.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[The] family-friendly slapstick is pitched at such a manic high... that the results are more exhausting than amusing.

April 15, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

It has moments of fun, but... In racing terms, it limps toward the finish line and comes up short.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005

Audience Reviews for Down and Derby

Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer


The intensely competitive world of Pine Derby Racing is examined. In this kid-friendly tale of three fathers and the obsession of competition. That not only threatens their sanity, but their families as well.

Very cliched, almost to the point of parody. But, it is fun to watch.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

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