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Disney Channel Original Movie Right on Track Review and Analysis on Disney+

Updated: Jun 25




Blog and Video Description: In this episode of the Mattacritic, I will be reviewing the Disney Channel Original Movie Right on Track which came out in 2003 that is currently on Disney+. Why am I reviewing this movie? There are several reasons why to review this movie. This movie deals with the story of Erica and Courtney Enders that went into drag racing. Drag racing is where a car races down a track, and that individual must get his or her car across the finish line. It is not like NASCAR racing where they go in a circle. That individual goes down a straight line and must get his or her car across the finish line.  The league that Drag racing goes into is called NHRA which stands for the National Hot Rod Association. When Erica Enders first races was when she was 8 years old, she races in the Junior division of the National Hot Rod Association. Her father was Greg Enders, and he was a great drag racer. There is a scene in the beginning of the movie where Erica Enders is 4 years old, and she was in her dad’s car, and he had to get her out of the car for him to get ready to race. She gets challenged by a couple of boys that tease her about being on the training wheels of her bicycle. She tells them that she can beat them. She races them and she does beat them. I will explain more as the episode continues. I will give you my rating at the end of this episode. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn.  






Introduction 

Hello everyone, welcome to the Mattacritic. This is Matthew Hemenway. Before I begin this episode, please subscribe to this channel and hit that notification bell to be notified of any episodes at the bottom of this video or blog post. In this episode of the Mattacritic, I will be reviewing the Disney Channel Original Movie Right on Track which came out in 2003 that is currently on Disney+. Why am I reviewing this movie? There are several reasons why to review this movie. This movie deals with the story of Erica and Courtney Enders that went into drag racing. Drag racing is where a car races down a track, and that individual must get his or her car across the finish line. It is not like NASCAR racing where they go in a circle. That individual goes down a straight line and must get his or her car across the finish line.  The league that Drag racing goes into is called NHRA which stands for the National Hot Rod Association. When Erica Enders first races was when she was 8 years old, she races in the Junior division of the National Hot Rod Association. Her father was Greg Enders, and he was a great drag racer. There is a scene in the beginning of the movie where Erica Enders is 4 years old, and she was in her dad’s car, and he had to get her out of the car for him to get ready to race. She gets challenged by a couple of boys that tease her about being on the training wheels of her bicycle. She tells them that she can beat them. She races them and she does beat them. I will explain more as the episode continues. I will give you my rating at the end of this episode. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn.  



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Rest of Review and Rating of Right on Track 

As was mentioned before, the movie Right on Track deals with the story of Erica and Courtney Enders. Erica Enders was born a racer. She has skills that cannot be taught. As her father Greg Enders tells Erica’s mother and his wife, only the best drivers have that. In her first race when she was 8 years old, she won that race and yes, she ended up beating the boys. She was the only girl at the time when she raced the boys in Houston, Texas. Houston, Texas is where this story takes place. The idea of a female drag racer was unheard of at the time when Erica Enders raced at the time. Courtney Enders will follow in her sister Erica Enders footsteps. Erica Enders inspired her sister Courtney Enders to get into drag racing. 

The movie will jump 7 years later when Erica Enders is 15 years old and going to be 16 years old shortly. How I know this is that she will test for her license later in the movie and most states have people get their driver licenses when they are at least 16 years old. Her dad Greg Enders tells her and her sister Courtney Enders that you can race out of state if you have straight A on your report card. If you have Bs you are racing in Texas only. Any Cs, you can forget racing. They both agree to his terms and promise that they will get straight A in their classes.  

Erica Enders will race against Jordy Knowlton and his father Rusty Knowlton will tease Erica Enders’ father Greg Enders; your little girl will not cry if she loses. Erica Enders races against Jordy Knowlton and loses to him. Erica Enders is frustrated by this as she hates to lose. Greg Enders tells Erica Enders that you need to go and shake his hand. Erica Enders tells her father that he is a jerk. Her father reminds her that it does not matter if he is a jerk or not; win or lose at the end of the day, you need to be the best person you can be. Erica Enders will end up shaking Jordy Knowlton’s hand. Rusty Knowlton tells her, this is not for little girls, why don’t you do us and the sport a favor and get out now. This attitude is still here as there are males still that think that females should not do things that they perceive are only done by males. That attitude is wrong, and it is unfortunate that it is still here today. Her father Greg Enders agrees with Erica that, you are right, they are jerks. There are those that think they ought to gloat if they win and have that arrogance that they should win all the time. It is happening now with how MAGA claims if they do not win all the time, it is rigged against them. They will gloat when they do win. They are sore losers and the good thing about sports is if you take about competition teaches and learn how to win and lose with grace; it will make you a better person. If you do not do that, you become a bad person.  

Erica Enders will be in her room later and she is testing her mental speed with a device that does that. She is not pleased with it. Her mom Janet Lee Enders comes in and asks her, are you going to be this every time you lose. Erica Enders tells her mother that she hates to lose. Her mom tells her, you cannot win all the time. Her mother is pointing out a fact that is very true. Everyone loses now and then, no one wins all the time. Erica Enders tells her mother that when she first stepped into her father’s car, it just felt right when she raced. She felt at home when she was behind the wheel of a car. For example, if a person likes to write, that person will feel he or she at their best and feel like that who he or she is at that moment. It is who that person is and no one else should try to change that person. Courtney Enders comes in later tickling Erica Enders with a feather. Erica Enders gave her the device and Courtney Enders got a better score. Courtney Enders handed her the device and Erica Enders was frustrated that she did better with it than she did with it.  

Erica Enders will come to the garage with Courtney Enders in Erica’s car. Courtney Enders tells her we should race each other. Erica Enders tells Courtney Enders, if I did that, it would not make sense. She tells her sister Courtney if I raced you and beat you, all I did was beat a little kid. If by some miracle, you beat me, all I did was get beat by a little kid. It would be a no-win situation. As Courtney Enders tells her, you crack me up, you take it so seriously. Erica Enders tells her, how am I supposed to take it? As Courtney Enders tells her, it is just a race. Courtney Enders may be the younger sister, but she is right. It is just a race. Erica Enders must allow herself to relax and not to take it so seriously. Erica Enders must allow herself to have fun.  

Yes, life will have stakes, but the stakes cannot overwhelm you, so that you do not have fun. If you allow yourself to enjoy the process and do your best, you will be more successful than if you do not do that.  

Erica Enders is played by Beverly Mitchell who played Lucy Camden in the TV series 7th Heaven. She played the third child of the Camden family. She was the 3rd oldest in the Camden family. Mat and Mary Camden were the older two. Erica Enders is the oldest one. There are only two of them in this family. How she plays Erica Enders is how she plays Lucy. She is fiery and will not tolerate people picking at her. Later in the movie, Erica Enders is getting picked on by a couple of popular girls saying that racing is not a real sport. She plays volleyball as well as does drag racing. She tells them, you do not think that it is a real sport. Have you ever been in a car that is going fast? It feels like you can hardly breathe. You can hardly hold the steering wheel. You had better develop your arm muscles, so I am sorry I must disagree with you. It takes quite a bit of athletic ability to do what I do. I will play the clip with the two girls picking on Erica Enders. You will watch the YouTube video included in this blog to watch that clip. Thank you. 

Courtney Enders is played by Brie Larson in this movie. Yes, it is the same Brie Larson that will end up playing Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is one of the first roles she had as an actress. This is a theme for Brie Larson, she plays females that are tough and do not fall into the traditional female role. Brie Larson was in Hoot where she plays a tough female character who is trying to save owls that lived under the ground. She gets a role to play Elizabeth Zott in Lessons in Chemistry and yes, Elizabeht Zott does not fall into traditional female roles. She defies this story at every turn. Courtney Enders is like this, and she likes to race like her big sister Erica Enders.  

Erica Enders will later be in a time trial with Jordy Knowlton, and she beats his time. She will later make fun of Jordy Knowlton and throw him a pocket pack of tissues. Her father Greg Enders will not be happy with Erica Enders. He tells her, if you want to lower yourself to his level go ahead. You were taught better than that. You are not the Knowltons. I thought I had to teach you how to lose, I never thought I had to teach you how to win. Erica Enders will realize that her father Greg Enders is right and realizes, nothing is worth going to his level. I will play the clip of Erica Enders getting lectured by her father. You will watch the YouTube video included in this blog to watch this clip. Thank you.  

It is what was mentioned before, if a person cannot learn how to win or lose with grace, it will make that person become a bitter person. That person will be a sore loser and will gloat when he or she wins. A person must understand that you will not win all the time. That helps a person to have humility. When a person tries to do something, you should always do your best.  

Erica Enders with her best friend Randy Jones who helps with being the crew chief of the car. She and he will have gone to ice skating rink. They both fall on the ice later as they have a hard time managing the balance of the ice skates. They must later help the two girls that picked on her by repairing their car. Because of her racing skills, she was able to know how to look at the car and repair it.   

Erica and Courtney Enders will face challenges in the movie and will learn how to grow and become better and stronger people. One of the challenges is that Erica Enders will be needed to bump her French grade to an A and that she will be late to a volleyball match because of a vehicle breakdown. There will not be anything else revealed here. It does bring the viewer to the climax and help the viewer understand what happens in the film.  

I will give you, my rating. I give the Disney Channel Original Movie, Right on Track, a 10 out of 10. This is a quality movie, and it is timeless. This story has something to say about how males are afraid of females going into a sport that is dominated by males. Erica Enders is having to go through several trials and must figure out she is going to get through them. She must learn how to win and lose with grace. She will learn from her sister Courtney Enders that she needs to take a deep breath and relax. That makes sense. As you know, I took Tae Kwon Do and got a 4th degree black belt. If you relax and take a deep breath, it will lower your heart rate and you will not be so tense. It is important to do this. Yoga will teach you this as well. What is happening with MAGA is that they believe they should not lose, and they must win all the time. MAGA does not know how to win and lose with grace. That is the problem and that needs to change. They do not want to play fair and that hurts everyone. It does compare to the film as was mentioned by winning and losing with grace. I will play the promotional piece from when Disney Channel released the movie. It is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRN463PdKDg. I will play the other promotional clip from the movie as well. It is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8JBZlinx_g




 

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Music: A Day to Remember from Microsoft's Clipchamp Video Editor 

Reference: 7Th Heaven and image series on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B007MJKO5S/ref=atv_dp_season_select_s1 

Reference: Apple TV+ original series Lessons in Chemistry and image: https://tv.apple.com/us/show/lessons-in-chemistry/umc.cmc.40yycssgxelw4zur8m2ilmvyx 

Reference: YouTube promotional clip of Right on Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRN463PdKDg

Reference YouTube interview clip of Right on Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8JBZlinx_g 

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