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Actors: Mircea Monroe, Caroline Rhea, Justin Guarini
Director: Daniel Zirilli
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Racing is in Alex Johnstone's (Mircea Monroe) blood. It was her father s life and it ultimately caused his death so her uncle Bill (Dwier Brown), who runs the local speedway, is determined not to lose his niece the way he ... more »
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A Pleasant Family Movie with Zoom
L.A. | United States | 02/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fast Girl centers on the world of professional racing as conducted at local tracks all over America, and features an actual formula one racing team that races the west coast circuit. This angle is what differentiates the movie, because the basic plot line (girl has dream, adult stands in way of dream, girl meets guy who urges her to follow her dream, girl has to beat out rival) is pretty standard issue. The inclusion of the racing scenes is a clever move by the filmmakers, because it makes Fast Girl a romantic drama that boys as well as girls will want to watch.
Mircea Monroe (Drive) does a good job of portraying the rebellious young woman who has "racing in her blood." Dwier Brown (Field of Dreams) convincingly delivers the role of Uncle Bill, the adult who stands in her way. Justin Guarini (American Idol) proves he can act with the throw-away love interest role, although one has to question the filmmakers' decision to hide his natural curls under what is obviously a straight wig.
At times, the staging is a bit awkward, as is some of the dialog. This can largely be attributed to the fact the filmmakers probably shot the entire movie in the length of time that a big studio production takes to film a single scene. Small matter, however, because ultimately, the race cars are the star of this show.
Lacking a big special effects budget, the film uses its resources well. The track scenes have a realism that a glitzy production cannot provide. The director sets up and ultimately captures the split-second decisions Monroe's character has to make in the final racing scene, which determines whether she achieves her dream of becoming a professional race car driver.
The movie contains a couple of brief kissing scenes but otherwise no sex, bad language, or violence. Set your expectations for a pleasant movie that you can watch with your kids and not have to explain anything other than why there are no doors on formula one racecars."
A Great Family Film With A Lot of Heart
Simon | Wormwood | 01/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fast Girl is a fun and heart-felt family film that also offers the excitement of auto racing. Beautifully shot and directed, and with a surprisingly solid performance by Justin Guarini (first year American Idol runner-up). I'm a car buff and this movie has lots of great racing footage, too. Well written with characters we all felt for, and a good message.
My wife and I enjoyed it just as much as our kids."
Great Family Movie!
maisy | Texas USA | 03/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the perfect "Movie Night" movie. I watched with my 7 yr-old and a 9 yr-old nieces and we all loved it. It's not easy to find a movie that we can all watch together and enjoy. Fast Girl is a sweet, fun movie. The lead actress, Mircea Monroe, is fantastic. She is sure to be a big star. And I have to say it was fun to see Justin Guarini on the screen. The American Idol runner-up can really act. There is a lot of heart in this movie! (Also some really cool cars.)"
Wonderful Family Entertainment
Siren | Mid Atlantic, USA | 02/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fast Girl has something for everyone from action to drama to romance to suspense. It is a wholesome movie that all members of the family can enjoy. Mircea Monroe and Justin Guarini have great chemistry as Alex, the "Fast Girl" and her love interest, Darryl. Dwier Brown and Caroline Rhea provide support as Uncle Bill and Maddie. This is an inspiring movie with a solid message. I highly recommend it as a great way to spend an evening with family."