X Games 3D: The Movie

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +3

Sports documentary from Disney. Directed by Steve Lawrence.

FILM SYNOPSIS:X Games 3D: The Movie captures the drama and spectacle that play out every year at the X Games events, highlighting the behind-the-scenes stories of the featured athletes and the sacrifices they make in pursuit of glory and the advancement of their sports on the biggest stage in action sports.

PREVIEW REVIEW: As an engaging documentary, X Games 3D: The Movie provides an interesting, if somewhat monotonous look at the sports of competitive biking, skateboarding, and snow boarding. Though its appeal may be somewhat limited, it does showcase young men attempting to set records and conquer their chosen sport – and gravity.

Though the 3D seemed unnecessary and at times distracting, the film is good about relaying the desire of these athletes, and they are athletes, to battle the obstacles and failures in order to be the best at their chosen sport. As one competitor said, “who needs an A in History when you can get an X?” Not the greatest of philosophies, I’ll admit, but it does show the import they place on being all you can be. Rather than saying, “What if you hurt yourself?” they question, “What if you make it?” To these young men, the risk is worth it.

Rated PG, other than the death-defying situations teens and young men put themselves through, I caught nothing objectionable. I was pleased that profane language was avoided and even the expression “dude” only made rare appearances.

The one complaint I had is that while the film shows many dangerous and sometimes unsuccessful attempts, the falls are never life-altering. It’s even a point of pride when one competitor shows off his surgery x-rays. More often than this film would like to admit, kids do get injured, sometimes even for life, attempting to jump higher or go faster than anyone else. The film does little to warn youngsters that none of these guys, though brave and adept, are Superman.

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Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 92 minutes
Intended Audience: Families

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