ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Thirteen-year-olds make-out in Kart
By Ash Wittig
Starring: Randy Quaid, Will Rothhaar, Joe Dinicol, Jennifer Wigmore
Directed by: Stuart Gillard
WE ARE THE
TOUGH KART RACING PUNKS. If you have a thing for kids making
out, check out the kids on go-karts film Kart Racer. Maybe
you'll see some tongue.
From the director of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 comes
yet another priceless gem, Kart Racer. This movie is for the "tween" demographic,
so unless you happen to fit in that age group, it would be
wise to steer clear of this film.
Kart Racer starts with a super-cheesy go-kart/dirt bike race
through town, scandalizing the grown-ups and ending in disaster.
The main character, Watts Davies (Rothhaar), fits the standard
good-kid-getting-himself-into-bad-situations stereotype. He
finds out about a huge go-kart race coming to town and decides
to compete for the title his father once held. His dad, played
by Quaid, doesn't want to help him with the race because when
his wife died, he stopped racing go-karts. Struggles ensue,
touching Full House-esque music comes on and of course there's
the inevitable big race.
To the film's credit, the suspense-building is effective and
Rothhaar's portrayal of a frustrated young teen is believable.
Overall, however, the movie is just not strong enough. Too
many characters pop up out of nowhere and the plot is far too
predictable. Halfway through the movie, you'll know exactly
what's going to happen at the end, right down to the last detail.
In addition, certain elements of the film are highly confusing.
First of all, the 13-year-old boy's love interest spends much
of her time spray-painting walls in back alleys in the middle
of the night. Where are her parents and why the hell are there
no repercussions for her vandalism?
Second, the only time school enters the picture is when the
kids race through it on a go-kart. There's no explanation as
to why the kids never went to school.
Not to mention, the 13-year-old make-out scenes are something
we could do without.
In short, watching a hamster run on its wheel for an hour
and a half would be a more entertaining way to spend an evening
than watching Kart Racer.