Down and Derby (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Down and Derby (2005)



Critic Consensus: Dull, predictable family fare.

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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 Ace's boy. When Phil learns that Brady will be going up against Ace's son again in his Boy Scout troop's annual Pinewood Derby race, Phil decides it time to end the Davis family's losing ways once and for all, and with help from his childhood friends Blaine (Ross Brockley) and Jimmy (Perry Anzilotti), Phil sets out to build the perfect Pinewood derby car -- whether or not that's what Brady has in mind. Produced with the cooperation of the Boy Scouts of America, Down and Derby also stars Lauren Holly, Pat Morita, and Hunter Tylo.more
Rating: PG (for some crude humor and brief mild language)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Hendershot
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2006
Box Office: $43.9k
Freestyle Releasing - Official Site

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Greg Germann
as Phil Davis
Lauren Holly
as Kim Davis
Adam Hicks
as Brady Davis
Perry Anzilotti
as Big Jimmy
Deborah Ashton
as Angel Scaldoni
Danny Shepherd
as Danny Scaldoni
Ross Brockley
as Blaine Moosman
Tammy Lier
as Charlotte Moosman
Marc Raymond
as Ace Montana
Hunter Tylo
as Teri Montana
Eric Jacobs
as A.J. Montana
Joey Miyashima
as Kyosho Yakimoto
K.J. Adachi
as Kyosho's Son
Michael Glauser
as Claude's Son
Sandy Hackett
as Larry Savage
Jared Wyson
as Young Phil
Joseph McKay
as Young Ace
Cameron Manwaring
as Young Blaine
Cameron Mainwaring
as Young Blaine
Kyle Broadhead
as Young Big Jimmy
Don Murphy
as Himself
Craig Costello
as Announcer
Alan Cassidy
as Disqualified Dad #1
Keaton Perkins
as Cade Matthews
Rick Glauser
as Disqualified Dad #2
TJ Larson
as Cole Johnson
Janet Bird
as Dental Assistant #1
Laralee Leavitt
as Dental Assistant #2
Kaylee Barrett
as Dental Patient #1
Beverly Rhodes
as Dental Patient #2
Kade Mathew
as Dental Patient #3
Greg Porter
as Motorcycle Delivery ...
James Budge
as Referee #1
Matt Marquis
as Referee #2
Tanner Smith
as Neighborhood Cub Sco...
Jake Akins
as Neighborhood Cub Sco...
Olivia Paix
as Scaldoni Daughter
Great Dane
as Shaquille the Dog
Oscar and Elmer
as Champ the Dog
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Critic Reviews for Down and Derby

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14)

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

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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