Biker Boyz

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -2

Set in Southern Californias underground world of motorcycle street racing, Biker Boyz is a drama depicting the maturation of 18-year old motorcyclist, Kid (Derek Luke). Following his father's (Eriq LaSalle) tragic death, Kid vows to become like Smoke (Laurence Fishburne), the man his father most admired. But to achieve his goal, Kid must accomplish the impossible by outracing Smoke the undisputed, cool and confident King of Cali. By racing hard and recruiting a band of up-and-comers, the Biker Boyz, Kid makes a lot of progress but begins to alienate his mother (Vanessa Bell Calloway) as he develops bitterness and pride. Kids scantily clad girlfriend Tina (Meagan Good) does little more than flaunt herself. Through it all, Kid and Smoke both learn some lessons as they move toward their final challenge against each other.

The unfortunate reality of Biker Boyz is poor acting, thin characters and a yawn-worthy plot that lacks focus and purpose. Even so, the film might have offered something if it had focused on the thrilling action and technical aspects of motorcycling. Instead it gives the viewer neither a story nor an exciting visual display. Although it offers a glimpse into the motorcycling culture and a few spectacular tricks, the dialog is often laughable. Biker Boyz also earns negative acceptability marks. The film includes extensive use of crude and obscene language along with a few profanities. It also presents a neutral attitude toward promiscuous and premarital sex. The protagonist is a teen boy who has left home to live with his girlfriend; he has no job or intent to go to school. Biker Boyz strikes out in both entertainment value and acceptability.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Dreamworks SKG

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: Many (42) times mild 15, moderate 27

Obscene Language: Many (20) times F-word 1, S-word 18, other 1

Profanity: Several (5) times regular 4 (G 3, GD 1); exclamatory 1 (OMG)

Violence: Several times moderate (high-speed motorcycle crash with two bloody deaths, other motorcycle accidents, several fist fights, man threatened with a gun, numerous threats of violence)

Sex: None

Nudity: None. Near Nudity: Several times moderate (several club scenes with women wearing revealing clothing, woman consistently wears top that reveals cleavage, women receiving tattoo on rear end, women in bikinis)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times mild (frequent mention of character's promiscuous lifestyle, woman asks to stay the night with man, unmarried man and women in bed talking, suggestive gestures in club, man discusses failed sexual encounter)

Drugs: Few times mild (use of alcohol, man pretends to be drunk)

Other: Themes of maturation, fatherhood and consequences of promiscuity, promiscuity generally depicted in neutral fashion, characters often ignore the law.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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