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Bennett's War

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Endearing sports drama about a wounded Afghan War vet (Michael Roark) who risks being permanently crippled in order to return to the motocross track, where his pre-deployment reputation was impressive, and win prize money to save his father's (Trace Adkins) failing farm. Though his wife (Allison Paige) is initially opposed, fearing the results, he's supported by the motorcycle mechanic and garage owner (Ali Afshar) who hired him after his stint in the military. With its easy-to-root-for hero, pleasing portrayal of family life and slight religious flourishes, writer-director Alex Ranarivelo's film is a crowd pleaser, though those not addicted to racing may find the competitive sequences a bit lengthy and the overall pace is somewhat languid.

Watch out for: Stylized combat violence, scenes of marital sensuality, a couple of mild oaths, much crude and crass language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13

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