Down and Derby

Synopsis: Down and Derby is a family comedy about a small town Pinewood Derby competition that transforms an average group of dads into an awkward bunch of competitors. On the outside, Phil Davis is the typical dad and friendly neighbor. On the inside, he is unresolved and at a breaking point with his childhood rival, Ace Montana. Desperate for the elusive first place, Phil sees his son's Pinewood Derby race as a breakthrough opportunity to beat Ace, who also has a Cub Scout son. Surrounded by more overzealous dads in the same cul-de-sac, they all disregard the event's ideals and completely take over the design, planning and construction of the cars. In the crazed world of derby fever, the kids are lucky if they get to pick the paint color or attach a decal. Hilarity builds as the dads teeter on the edge of insanity and resort to backstabbing, cover-ups and sabotage. Wives, families and jobs are ignored with extreme consequences. The farce reaches comical and outrageous levels when in the end, t
Genre: Comedy, Family
Director(s): Eric Hendershot
Production: Freestyle Releasing
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

That was easy.

My name is Phil Davis.

I was a kid who could

outrun, out jump or out hit

anyone in my class.

And then, this kid from California named

Ace Montana moved to town.

Just say the word,

and I'll take him out right now.

Naw, leave him alone,

Big Jimmy.

I had a feeling

he was gonna win.

Shut up, Blaine.

Well, I did.

Ever since then,

Ace has been number one,

and I've been number two.

I should have changed my name to "Deuce".

"Deuce" Davis.

Come on!

Not much has changed

over the years.

Big Jimmy hasn't grown an inch

since fifth grade,

and Blaine is... well, still Blaine.

All right guys,

let's play some good defense.

That's it.

Don't let them score.

And Ace...

is still number one.

Keep it down here...

Keep it down here, Brady.

Come on, Brady!

Now, Brady!

Shoot it now!


Yeah! Yeah!

Time out.


Come on, Big Jimmy,

keep 'em going.

Hey, Brady,

slammin' shot, man.

Ah, thanks.

Dude, dude...

I didn't see you there.

Come on. Walk away, Brady,

walk away, pal.

Sweet shot.

Brady, nice shot, nice shot.

Two seconds.

Two seconds.

That's all they've got, okay?

Everybody knows the ball

is gonna go to A.J.


Don't foul him.

Whatever you do, don't foul him,


And if you do foul him,

make sure he goes

to the hospital,

not the foul line!

Hey, hey. Okay,

come on, come on.

Here we go, here we go,

here we go!

Let's go!

All right, come on, guys!

Come on, guys, we got him.

We got him!

Hey, hey, don't say that

to those kids.


A lot can happen

in two seconds.

Remember Christian Laettner?

Regional finals...

Seriously, that's.

Ace Montana over there.

What makes you think

he can lose?

Hey, Blaine, would you shut up?

Both of you chill.

We got "fake bake"

by the short hairs.

Ain't no way these little kids

are gonna take the ball full court

and score

with two seconds left.

It would take a miracle.

Come on you guys!


Or a "Hail Mary" at half court.

It's in.





Whoa, Phil.

Phil, what, bad dream?

Oh... oh, a nightmare,

it was a nightmare.

I dreamt that, uh...

oh, that Brady's team

was in the city basketball

finals, and, and,

we were up by two,

and... and... and A.J. took

a shot from half court,

with no time left,

and he beat us.

Oh, man.



Oh, that's it!

That's it!

We're moving.

Oh, Phil!

Do we have to go through this

every time Ace beats you

at something?



Well, how 'bout everything

and now its starting

all over again with... with Ace's

clone A.J. and... and Brady!


Phil, its past 3:00.

I'm never gonna make

my spinning class.

Why did he have to move here

and ruin my life?

Ace Montana!

What kind of a name is that?!

I'll tell you what kind

of name it is.

It's the coolest damn name

I've ever heard.

Something exciting has come up...

and you are the guy that can handle it.

Are you familiar

with the Japanese conglomerate,

Yakimoto Technology

and Communications?

Are you kidding?

Yeah, I mean, we...

we all use Yakimoto

cell phones, right?


Guess what?

They saw one of our ads

in a magazine.

They loved the copy.

This is a huge, Phil!

If we are chosen,

this is ten million dollars

in revenue!

Right, but, uh,

Stewart's your... your go-to guy.

What about Stewart?

No, Phil.

You're gonna be the go-to guy.

I need you to go home,

I need you to concentrate.

I need you

to put on that thinking cap of yours.

I want you to come up

with a bunch of ideas

that are going to blow

these guys away.

What I want to know, Phil,

is are you up for this?

Are you kidding?

I am... I am so up for this, Larry.

I am ready.


Look, we're going to meet

on this tomorrow, 4:00.

I'll be there Larry.

And thank you so much.

And I will not let you down.

This is really gonna be fun.

Now, don't forget,

you're supposed to do it

with your dad's supervision.

The instructions

are in the box, okay?

And then, there's gonna be

a big race at the rec center

for all the scouts.

Okay, who wants

an ice cream sandwich?

I do! I do!

Ah, everybody.

Ah, this is gonna be cool.


Don't even waste your time

making a car.

Me and my dad

are gonna win this thing.

What was that, A.J.?

Oh, nothing, Mrs. Davis.

I was just saying how much fun

the Pinewood Derby's gonna be.


" Down and derby."


" Well, it's gettin'

on down and derby."


" Well, it's gettin'

on down and derby."

Oh, Dad!



Look... we're gonna be

in the Pinewood Derby.

You're supposed

to help me make it.


Oh, wow, that's, uh...

it's cool, huh?

Yeah, that's really...


Son, this is gonna be so fun.

I remember doing this

when I was a kid.

Hey, um, Brady,

did all the kids

get one of these?


Mom gave them to us.

Uh-huh, yeah.

Oh, that's so great.

Hey, should be fun

for the kids, huh?


Who do you think

you're kiddin', Ace?

Yeah, okay.

Hey, Dad, look what I got.

It's a new Pinewood Derby car!

Get in the house, Danny.

Give me the car, Dad.

I've got the car,

just get in the house.

But Dad...

Danny, get your little butt

in the house, go on.

Why don't you go inside, son.

Brady, go see...

if your mom needs help

with dinner.

All right.

N-n-no, I-I-I...

I've got this.

I've got it.

It's okay, it's safe with me.

Go on.

Can you have it here

first thing in the morning?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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