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Film / Motocrossed

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A 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Steve Boyum that has a girl (Alana Austin) replacing her brother (Trever O'Brien) in a motocross race against her father's (Timothy Carhart) wishes.

The movie also stars Mary Margaret Humes, Scott Terra, Riley Smith, Katherine Ellis, A.J. Buckley, Mark Curry, Jeremy Mc Grath, and Travis Pastrana.

The story is loosely inspired by William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

It aired on Disney Channel on February 16, 2001.

Not to be confused with the 2004 film Motocrossed Kids, which also stars Austin.

Tropes for the film:

  • Armour Piercing Response: Combined with Armour-Piercing Question. When mom asks why Andrea is doing her plan, she asks whether it's out of guilt or a desire to prove dad wrong. She replies "Which will make you let me go", winning mom over.
  • As Himself: Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath and Brian Deegan and Ricky Carmichael have a few lines.
  • Easily Forgiven: Dad is eventually forgiven by Andi for sticking to his misguided ways and hiring Rene after disappearing for weeks.
  • French Jerk: Rene Cartier, dad's latest hire, is a French Motocross rider who has been kicked off multiple teams for aggressive behaviour. Upon coming back with dad to the USA, he immediately makes a poor impression of himself to the family, being rude to the kids, displacing Andrea from her room, and generally being a jerk. He then gets worse by shoving Andrea and defecting to the rival team.
  • Good Parents: Contrasting her husband, mom is much more supportive of Andrea pursuing her hobby. Once she discovers the scheme from Jason, she has a reasonable chat with Andrea - only scolding her for arranging to sneak out at 5am with a strange man, then agrees to support her with the plan when she realises Andrea's committed not out of guilt, but because she really wants to do it. She helps her daughter blend in better and also serves as a very supportive ear.
  • Honour Before Reason: Dad's overprotective nature and fixed views on gender roles cause him to ignore the obvious solution of letting Andrea race, and instead spend several weeks in Europe - and presumably lots of money - hunting for a replacement rider.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Andi cut her hair short to make her look identical to her twin brother. Mom is originally horrified by it, but grows to approve.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Dad has something of a double standard to his children getting in harm's way; he was fine with Andrew, his son, becoming a Motocross rider, but dismisses Andrea doing the same. His anger at Andrew's leg breaking is equal parts "my son is injured" and "we're doomed for the races". It later turns out he's doing this partly out of misguided overprotective behaviour.
  • One-Word Title: Motocrossed.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Michael Cunio's French accent, used for Rene, slips from time to time.
  • Papa Wolf: Dad reacts understandably poorly to Rene shoving Andrea, firing him on the spot.
  • Parents as People: Dad tries to be a good parent, but is incredibly chauvinistic and fixed on gender roles (thinking that Andi should hang up the bike gear and start thinking of moving on to more traditionally feminine roles), to the point he is unintentionally neglectful. Part of this stems from him being overprotective. He also has one hell of a blind spot about his new hire, Rene Cartier, taking them at their word for much longer than reasonable, and doesn't always consider who in the family he is impacting by taking them in. He slowly comes around by the end, although still has some way to go.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Andrea poses as her brother, Andrew, to enter a motocross race, after he breaks his leg. The siblings have the same name (Andy, short for both Andrea and Andrew), allowing her a legal loophole: since she signed up as "Andy", instead of Andrew or Andrea, she could hold on to her win after she was outed.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: In-Universe, new hire of the Carsons, Rene Cartier, has been fired from several European teams for his needlessly aggressive behaviour. He then gets fired from the Carsons after dad sees him shove Andrea, although he isn't bothered as he just jumps ship to the Hendersons.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Andrea poses as her twin brother after he breaks his leg. What makes this one more ludicrous is that the siblings have the same name (Andy, short for both Andrea and Andrew).