Fictional motorsport films generally fall into two buckets: cults (in which the likes of the Herbie series, Grand Prix and Le Mans fall) and the rubbish (Driven and the Fast & Furious films sit here).
I must admit that I approached Fast Girl with as huge degree of scepticism, but came away pleasantly surprised. This is actually worth checking out.
Alex Johnstone (Mircea Monroe), a wholesome Southern California girl holds ambitions of following in her father’s footsteps of becoming a racing driver, but she remains haunted by his death as he competed on the local Willow Springs circuit several years before.
Her uncle (Dwier Brown) runs the circuit and vociferously opposes her dream, fearing he could needlessly lose another member of the family. On the other side, Alex has strong support from Maddie (Caroline Rhea, formerly of Sabrina The Teenage Witch) who works with Alex and the local diner.
The arrival of one of the American Le Mans Porsche GT teams to the area set the wheels in motion for Alex’s latest push to achieve her racing drivers’ license, but her past continues to haunt her. She meets and falls in love with one of the team’s racing drivers, Darryl K Sands (played by American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini), who acts as her chief supporter. Can she look past her own ambitions and realise her dreams?
The ending itself is typically predictable, but this should detract from a well-produced and well-acted little production. Monroe and Guarini (most surprisingly) deliver convincing performances as the chief characters, but the film wins in its track sequences filmed at Willow Springs Raceway.
The onboard shots from the Porsche GT and Mazda Star formula cars are excellent, and gives the film a really genuine, authentic feel to it. Unlike many motorsport films, the writers have actually bother to research the topic and remain true to the source throughout much of it.
This is hardly earth-shattering viewing, but the film’s message – particularly using a female central character – is certainly wholesome. The production in the real winner here.
Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Fast Girl…
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