It is sometimes amazing how idiotic a movie can get. Case in point - Supercross, a moronic look at the world of supercross. Everybody involved in the making of this film is relatively inexperienced in their role, whether it was acting, directing, or writing. The movie has a very slap-dash feel to it. The script piles on the cliches, has the actors giving horrendous readings of their lines, and throws in as much supercross footage as humanly possible, adding in what amounts to the beginnings of a story in between.
Brothers K.C. (Steve Howey, Class) and Trip Carlyle (Mike Vogel, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) clean pools for money, but their heart is in supercross. They are both extremely talented. While K.C. is a great technical rider, Trip is better because he has a great natural feel for his bike. They make a stunning debut at a local race, catching the eye of national teams before biting the dust shortly before the finish line. Clay Sparks (Robert Carradine, The Lizzie Maguire Movie, Max Keeble's Bit Move), owner of Team Nami, invites both to ride with his son Rowdy (Channing Tatum, War of the Worlds, Coach Carter). Trip blows his chance by letting his temper get the best of him, but K.C. lands a spot on the team.
Screenwriters Bart Baker and Ken Solarz (City of Industry) nurse potential sibling rivalry. Trip is jealous that K.C. gets a chance to ride with the pros. K.C.'s popularity increases, leaving Trip to clean pools by himself. Earl Cole (Robert Patrick, Ladder 49, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle) sees Trip's talent and agrees to fund him privately, leading Trip back into the competition. Meanwhile, not all is well at Team Nami. Sparks doesn't want K.C. to win, he wants him to help Rowdy win. Keep in mind this makes no logical sense whatsoever, especially since two winners on a team are much better than one, but hey, that's what director Steve Boyum wanted. K.C.'s resentment festers, especially because Rowdy is an idiot (both characterwise and in Tatum's portrayal) and because he knows he can win.
Boyum also gives love interests to both Carlyles. K.C. falls for Zoe Lang (Sophia Bush, Van Wilder), one of his pool clients and aspiring lawyer. Pause until reader stops laughing. Trip falls for Cole's daughter Piper (Cameron Richardson, Dorm Daze, Frank McClusky, C.I.), a bike-riding tomboy who strips for Trip to express her interest. Aside from Tatum, Richardson is probably the second worst actor, followed by a close tie between Howey and Vogel. They simply cannot refrain from constant exaggerated scowling and simply sound awful. Oh, and Aaron Carter (Fat Albert) also makes an appearance as Cole's son. Even though he was the one who beat the Carlyle's in that first race, the script mysteriously ignores his talents for the remainder of the film. Everything is so mindnumblingly dumb that most people will fall asleep. But what about fans of supercross? The racing scenes are not spectacular, and one could just as easily pick something up from the video store rather than pay full price to watch this dreck. Supercross takes viewers on a quick tour of the country and racing season, stopping at various tracks for anonymous races before cutting back to atrocious acting.
|Haro Rates It: Pretty Bad.|
|1 hour, 32 minutes, Rated PG-13 for language and some sexuality.|
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