Fast Girl centers on the world of professional racing as conducted at local tracks all over America, and features an actual formula one racing team that races the west coast circuit. This angle is what differentiates the movie, because the basic plot line (girl has dream, adult stands in way of dream, girl meets guy who urges her to follow her dream, girl has to beat out rival) is pretty standard issue. The inclusion of the racing scenes is a clever move by the filmmakers, because it makes Fast Girl a romantic drama that boys as well as girls will want to watch.
Mircea Monroe (Drive) does a good job of portraying the rebellious young woman who has "racing in her blood." Dwier Brown (Field of Dreams) convincingly delivers the role of Uncle Bill, the adult who stands in her way. Justin Guarini (American Idol) proves he can act with the throw-away love interest role, although one has to question the filmmakers' decision to hide his natural curls under what is obviously a straight wig.
At times, the staging is a bit awkward, as is some of the dialog. This can largely be attributed to the fact the filmmakers probably shot the entire movie in the length of time that a big studio production takes to film a single scene. Small matter, however, because ultimately, the race cars are the star of this show.
Lacking a big special effects budget, the film uses its resources well. The track scenes have a realism that a glitzy production cannot provide. The director sets up and ultimately captures the split-second decisions Monroe's character has to make in the final racing scene, which determines whether she achieves her dream of becoming a professional race car driver.
The movie contains a couple of brief kissing scenes but otherwise no sex, bad language, or violence. Set your expectations for a pleasant movie that you can watch with your kids and not have to explain anything other than why there are no doors on formula one racecars.