Release Date: June 22nd, 2005, by Walt Disney Pictures.
The Cast: Lindsay Lohan,Michael Keaton,Matt Dillon,Breckin Meyer,Justin Long
Directed by Angela Robinson.
BASIC PREMISE: A teenager (Lohan) uses a car with extra-special benefits to join to compete in a NASCAR competition.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This a fast-paced movie full of energy and even some good music. The special effects are very good, especially during the racing scenes. Lohan is very appealing as usual, but the love bug himself is the most likeable even if he doesn’t speak. He does communicate, though, by winking. There is a lot of slapstick comedy meant for kids when he squirts oil on the opponent (Dillon) and hits him in the head with his trunk. There could have been much more comedy using Herbie’s special skills. Even though the plot is predictable, it does feel fresh and fun because of all the energy that the cast has. There is a little drama and even a little romance, obviously, but neither is as much fun as the action—all of which takes place on bright, sunny days. There is one scene that may be slightly inappropriate for kids because of its sexual innuendo when Herbie’s antenna rises at one point. Everything else is good, clean Disney fun.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: There is not much to think about or learn from, especially because the relationship between Lohan’s character and her father is not developed nor is the relationship between her and her love interest. Fortunately, the “bad guy” played by Dillon is evil in a more goofy, cartoonish way and does get what he deserves in the end, which is very satisfying. The ending is feel-good and uplifting, which is all that really matters in a Disney movie.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
THE BOTTOM LINE: A fun, energetic ride with appealing characters, and a feel-good ending. The humor is mostly geared toward children and there's not much to think about, but it does do something that every summer blockbuster should: it entertains.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run), as long as you take your kid(s).
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