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Racing Dreams offers an absorbing peek at the lives of young NASCAR hopefuls that should resonate with racing enthusiasts as well as viewers with no connection to the sport.
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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.
Directed by Marshall Curry (whose "Street Fight," about a corrupt Newark mayoral race, nabbed an Academy Award nomination), the perceptively balanced "Dreams" transitions seamlessly from domestic drama to 70-mph heats.
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.
Tweens in Go-Karts race for glory in lively docu.
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.
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