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August 17, 2005

Supercross: The Movie

Supercross As a fetishized appropriation of the extreme sport of "Supercross" motorcycle racing — for a story about two different-but-similar racing brothers — "Supercross" succeeds in combining fast action with slow burn emotional, if cliched, fuses. A rift develops between KC Carlyle (Steve Howey) and his younger brother Trip (Mike Vogel) when KC gets sponsored by a factory racing team to play fall-guy to the team's captain. Cameron Richardson is outstanding as Trip's motorcycle-racing girlfriend Piper. "Supercross: The Movie" is a boy's fantasy movie complete with a libidinal subplot. Harsh slang, gnarly attitudes, and lots of testosterone-driven fun fly in an energized movie that meets its achievable cinematic goals. Believe it or not, this is a well-balanced action/drama movie. 

Rated PG-13. 92 mins. (B-) (Three Stars)

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