Racing Dreams (2009)
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Racing Dreams follows three kids during a pivotal, career-making or breaking year, who dream of one day racing in NASCAR.Academy Award nominated director, Marshall Curry (Street Fight), takes us into the lives of Annabeth (11 years old), Josh (12), and Brandon (13) as they compete for the World Karting Association's National Championship. Clocking speeds of up to 70 mph in extreme racing karts, these young racers hope to follow the scores of great NASCAR drivers who got their start in racing's
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Curry's impressionable, charismatic young subjects are impossible not to care about.
That said, Racing Dreams is one of the rare documentaries you leave wishing it was a little bit longer.
Marshall Curry's sleek documentary captures the second-hand thrill of watching tweens hurtle at 70 mph around a blacktop, as it follows three potential superkarters over the course of a single season.
Curry documents the huge pressure placed on these children not only to succeed on the track, but to raise the money needed to continue.
The journey is thrilling -- even if, on some level, you know that these kids are going in circles.
For casual race fans, Racing Dreams is a real eye-opener. And it's a darned entertaining way to get a handle on a sport that can seem like a bunch of cars doing circles for a crowd that seems most interested in seeing that next epic wreck.
It's impossible to watch these kids struggle in their daily life and not have some rooting interest in their on-track success.
NASCAR enthusiast or not, it's a universally touching and charming film with the power to capture the heart of any viewer.
Revealing portrait of 3 very different young people intensely focused on being champions, and the impact of their determination on their devoted families (and vice versa).
If nothing else the racing scenes -- which look terrific, crisp and colorful, like the rest of the film -- will help the childless get in touch with their inner hysterical mother.
At the end of the film's 93 minutes Curry could have invited me to a frog-sexing competition and I'd have happily signed on.
Nicely captures the milieu of, and the action in, the Go-Kart racing world.
Curry has expertly stitched together a 90-minute triumph in crowd-pleasing, wholesome entertainment.
[Director Marshall] Curry, who received an Academy Award for his 2005 documentary Street Fight, captures the pulse pounding excitement of the races throughout the multi-state series.
Marshall Curry's documentary about three bright, personable youngsters who dream of becoming professional NASCAR drivers is simultaneously a feel-good celebration of youthful optimism and a sobering reminder that not all dreams come true.
A Spellbound or Mad Hot Ballroom for the NASCAR set, Racing Dreams ends up speeding past its niche market and working its magic on anyone with a rooting interest in the dreams and ambitions of this country's youth.
Reveals a fascinating subculture that is unknown to most moviegoers, where tweens with a need for speed can spend up to 48 weekends a year behind the wheel...
Even if you consider NASCAR itself a bore, you'll find this snapshot of what's often called its version of Little League compulsively watchable.
Marvelously shaped and sharpened by Curry, and teeming with concentrated racetrack suspense, Racing Dreams is a splendid picture that sincerely digs into the various forces that drag this specialized four-wheeled ambition along.
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