It's hard to say whether the Wachowski brothers' live action take on the Japanese Speed Racer
cartoons is more irritating because it looks like a Hot Wheels
video game or because the brothers seem to think that there's a powerful family drama humming away beneath the flashing lights and spinning wheels.
The Racer family is all about cars: Pops Racer (John Goodman) builds them, oldest son Rex (Scott Porter) drives them, younger son Speed (Nicholas Elai) can't think about anything else and Mom (Susan Sarandon) provides sandwiches and unflagging encouragement. But the joy goes out of the family business when Rex and Pops have a falling out; Rex g...