Down and Derby
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Jan
Billed as a "family comedy" about deadbeat dads who become competitive in a local derby and learn the true meaning of fatherhood and parenthood,
Adam R. Holz (Plugged In) describes it as "yet another take on the timeworn comedic tradition of over-the-top competition and dysfunctional families. It's not meant to be taken seriously. It's just supposed to be a good, clean, family diversion." Unfortunately, he notes, the film falls short due to "completely unnecessary sexual innuendo it includes. An even bigger concern … is how relentlessly dads are caricatured as immature, selfish and out-of-control. I wish the
Most mainstream critics say it's the audience that loses this derby.