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Down and Derby (2005)



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

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


Comedy, Kids & Family

Eric Hendershot

Jan 24, 2006


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

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

April 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Typical for this type of family-skewing comedy, performances vacillate between engagingly broad and annoyingly overstated.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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A cute family feature about the competitive little boy in every dad.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Crammed with charmless characters and/or hammy performances.

April 15, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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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
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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.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Silly satire of competitive dads has some iffy humor.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Does better on DVD than it did on the big screen, as long as your expectations aren't too high.

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

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

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

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

April 18, 2005 Full Review Source:

A simple pleasure from start to finish.

April 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
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.

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

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

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Too often the movie defies description as a comedy.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Down and Derby
July 30, 2010

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.
March 5, 2012
Jason Reneau

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