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"NASCAR 3-D: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE"
(2004) (Documentary) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild None Minor Minor Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None None None
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
None Minor Minor Mild Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Documentary: The sport of NASCAR is detailed from its origins through the typical activities leading up to and then on race day.
PLOT:
As narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, the documentary - presented in 3-D on the huge IMAX screen - takes a look at the fastest growing sport in America, NASCAR. From its less than glorious origins in the moonshine running days to today's big business industry, we learn details about the beginnings of the sport, its changes and various bits about the drivers, cars, support crew, engineers and the fans.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into NASCAR (especially in 3-D on the huge IMAX screen) they most definitely will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some crash scenes.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
Various NASCAR drivers briefly appear as themselves, but don't exhibit any bad behavior.
CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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(Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).


OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
The following is a brief summary of the content found in this documentary that's been rated PG. Several car crash scenes earn the rating, but they're no more intense than what's seen on TV during the races or TV news replays (although the IMAX screen size makes them seem much bigger). Some alcohol and smoking are present, but the film's remaining categories have little or nothing in the way of objectionable material.

Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • We see a brief fictionalized bit showing two moonshine runners of the past (in one car) trying to elude a pursuing police car.
  • In a few scenes in the film, we see spectators carrying or drinking what may be beer or alcohol, but it's never identified either way. We also see various ads on the cars or elsewhere, for brands such as Budweiser.
  • We hear that a racer of old was a former moonshine runner.
  • Champagne is sprayed from bottles during a celebration, but none is consumed.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • We see a brief fictionalized bit showing two moonshine runners of the past (in one car) trying to elude a pursuing police car.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • It's possible some of the crash scenes might be a little intense or disturbing for some viewers, but none of it's any worse than what's shown on TV (and there's no blood, gore or apparent injuries).
  • The race where Dale Earnhardt was killed is seen (the wreck isn't) for those sensitive to the matter.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • We see two fighter jets doing a fly-over before a race.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrase: "He's the bomb."
  • The film and some brief fictionalized scenes may entice some teens to want to drive fast and/or race their cars.
  • Some miscellaneous people are seen with tattoos.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • None.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • None.
  • SMOKING
  • We see a pack of cigarettes at a spectator's feet and later see a photo of a group of people, one who's holding a cigarette. There's also talk and signage for the now defunct Winston Cup races. We briefly see a spectator smoke.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We hear a wife stating that she ages a year for each race day on two of the bigger tracks and she or another wife is heard saying she doesn't know how she'd tell the kids about their father's death should that occur.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • NASCAR, racing and the inherent dangers and thrills of the sport.
  • We hear a wife stating that she ages a year for each race day on two of the bigger tracks and she or another wife is heard saying she doesn't know how she'd tell the kids about their father's death should that occur.
  • VIOLENCE
  • There's a minor car crash during a race.
  • We see a race car flipping, tumbling and partially shredding apart during a bad race wreck.
  • We briefly see a multi-car race crash (some smashed cars, no apparent injuries) that includes an obviously faked tire flying at the camera (in 3-D).
  • We see several more car crash shots, some of them rather severe, as well as a race car that's mostly engulfed in flames (and talk from the driver in hindsight about needing to get out, etc.).



  • Reviewed March 3, 2004 / Posted March 12, 2004

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