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In what must surely be the greatest film ever about BMX racing, Cru Jones is a young biker who dreams of winning a race at the infamous Helltrack. Along the way, he earns the scorn of his mom Talia Shire, does freestyle bike stunt dancing with Lori Loughlin, and gets to do all the ass-sliding a boy could ever want. 

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  • Kids today!

    Could you imagine if this was made during the heyday of EXXXTREME sports of the 90s or the current ‘resurgence’ today with BMX’s inclusion in the Olympics?
    You never know though; some enterprising film studio may make a remake of this…

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

       I’m kind of surprised there wasn’t more of the “extreme!” movies from the 90s and early 2000s. There were a few but most of them were forgettable. Grind? Ugh. Give me Gleaming the Cube.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if this was remade. It shouldn’t be but since when did that ever stop hollywood?

  • Bouncy X

    would this be the movie that American Dad spoofed in the episode with the Steve clone? because that scene was hilarious, especially using the original song. lol

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

       I certainly is!

      • Bouncy X

        awesome, now i must find the whole thing and watch!!  lol

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          The full movie is up on Youtube. Quality is actually pretty decent.

  • Scottieboy

    “the greatest film ever about BMX racing”?

    Greater than BMX Bandits starring Nicole Kidman?  NEVER.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      How about BMX Bandits is the greatest BMX movie starring Nicole Kidman? :)

      I like that one, one of the few movies she actually speaks with her accent.

  • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

    Great recap as always Cecil…funny that area I am a bit familiar with (being from western Canada, I lived near Calgary for some time, but never in Cochrane), but the badlands near the Rocky Mountains did look quite familiar but until you mentioned it didn’t sink in. 

    If they did a remake of this it would be who would be better on a Wii Bike or a DDR pad.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg


      Its funny, they passed this off as Cochrane USA even though the whole thing was Canada. If they weren’t going to change the name of the town why not just say it was Canada? Its like as if all the sudden people in the US wouldn’t root for the kid because he wasn’t in America.

      Quite frankly, I’m surprised it hasn’t been remade yet.

  • maarvarq

    I presume you wanted to make your opening title snappier, but I kind of miss the longer version of the theme. I still like your reviews though.

    • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

      Agreed on the intro not being the same without seeing Vanilla Ice’s smug smirk at the end.

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        So many people miss the Vanilla Ice smirk. Makes me happy. I almost want to go back and do Cool as Ice the directors cut.

        • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

          What about reviewing some of the crazy 80s movie related music videos, like Ninja Rap, Are you Ready for Freddy, and Cry Little Sister from Lost Boys?  That would make a weird time capsule video.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            Interesting, perhaps for a spinoff episode. I do love me some Ninja Rap.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Out of all the complaints I got for the show, the biggest was always that the opening was too long. It’s funny in this age of ADHD that 30 seconds is considered too long. Oh well. I wanted to trim it down and I figure 16 seconds is about as short as it could possibly go.

      I miss the old intro too but it is still out there, just on the older episodes. So, it will never really go away.

  • Thomas Stockel

    You know what I like about your format is the background information you provide.  I think it is interesting in your reviews how you point out that these people don’t set out to make shitty movies; there is some honest blood, sweat and tears going into these films.

    Anyway, great review.  And you’re right; it is weird how Mongoose did not seem to have a problem being portrayed as the  bad guys.  Weird.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! That is exactly what I am going for. No one sets out to make a bad film, (well, except for Uwe Boll) it just happens unfortunately.

      If the movie was made today there is no way a big name company would allow themselves to be potrayed as evil. They would either have to make up some fake name for the “evil-co” or they would drop funding from the film.

      • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

        Uwe Boll did make a parody movie of himself with Postal, which is meant to offend everyone of every ethnicity and theology, and mocked himself by being in the movie being a stereotype of Germany in every possible way.  And the sad thing is, it is probably his best movie to date.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          Boll has become too self aware and is making his stuff intentionally bad…more so than normal. (House of the Dead Funny Edition)

  • Good Shot Green

    I fully support all cinematic montages set to “Send Me an Angel”….didn’t The Wizard have one too? (Three four)

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Yes it did! Although if memory serves it was kind of short. This reminds me, I need to do The Wizard.