Down and Derby
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's all about these fathers and how crazy they are."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Crammed with charmless characters and/or hammy performances."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Silly satire of competitive dads has some iffy humor."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"Imbecilic, unreasonable and wretchedly unfunny.... The film is 5,580 seconds long, and not one of those seconds is believable."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"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."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Typical for this type of family-skewing comedy, performances vacillate between engagingly broad and annoyingly overstated."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"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."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Does better on DVD than it did on the big screen, as long as your expectations aren't too high."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"A simple pleasure from start to finish."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"[A] decent old-school family film (with cuddly lessons and morals)."
‑ , E! Online
"A cute family feature about the competitive little boy in every dad."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"The cornball humor and aw- shucks demeanor often make the Disney Channel seem edgy by comparison."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Heads in predictable directions and illuminates little besides the process of crafting cars to compete in the Scouts' Pinewood Derby."
‑ Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee
"Too often the movie defies description as a comedy."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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