I'm not a big fan of "Rice Racers" either. I saw TFATF just to see what the fuss was about, and must say, it is DEFINITELY the ultimate "Ricer" movie.
But let's be honest folks. For all of the shortcomings of Riced out Hondas versus American Muscle, Ricers are here to stay. Chrome and steel are out. Plastic, fiberglass, and graphics are in. How many of you listen to the same Rock and Roll music your father did? How many of you are going to race a car that's older than you? Every generation has its identifying trait, and for those in their 20's today that are fans of racing, this is it.
I'm not talking about the "should be's", or even willing to entertain the argument over which looks and performs better (Detroit steel versus Japanese aluminum), because if you stop and think about it, it's a moot point. It's along the same lines as what's popular in fashion and music. If it has mass appeal, then it's "good". It doesn't matter that YOU think it's silly when 3 milluion other people think it's "da bomb".
The reality is that there is a HUGE loyal following for Rice Racers, and they are here to stay.
Although I'm not one of them. Indeed, they are pretty obnoxious, and the picture of the lanky kid above echoes my personal feelings to a tee. I just have to be realistic.