Starring Lindsay Lohan, Matt Dillon, Michael Keaton, Justin Long, Breckin Meyer
Directed By: Angela Robinson
Studio: Disney/ Buena Vista
Buy on Amazon.com
When approached by the SPAOJ.com crew to do another movie review, I was hesitant. They told me it was a Lindsay Lohan movie, and I let them know I would do it under one condition, full frontal nudity. Those lying bastards.
Maggie Payton (Lohan) is the daughter of a Ray Payton (Batman), the patriarch of a down-on-their-luck NASCAR racing team. There is a seldom spoke about accident that Maggie was in two years before that has Batman, uh Ray Sr., very overprotective. But when he buys her a wacky 1963 CGI bug with a mind of it’s own, she ends up racing behind his back with NASCAR superstar Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon) and hilarity ensues.
Even though Lindsay Lohan is in practically every scene in this movie, the real star is Herbie. The basic special effects were tolerable, albeit cheesy, but how hard is it to impress a five year old? I have to admit I really was rooting for him fighting to not get compacted in the junkyard or destroyed in the demolition derby. I was surprised myself.
I knew going into this review that it a kid’s movie about a Beetle that raced. I guess I was dumb to think that NASCAR wouldn’t be a big part of this. Watching a kid’s movie is like going to the dentist, but watching a NASCAR kid’s movie is the dentist with no Novocaine. I hate being stuck somewhere with only one television and a bunch of people watching NASCAR, I hate how people have favorite driver’s, and I hate the redneck, sit-in-a-lawn-chair-in-the-back-of-a-pick-up following it has.
This is a good movie for the kids, but it’s not gonna give you a warm happy feeling. Before I watched it, I was trying to think of something clever like, “Herbie: (you need to be) Fully Loaded (to watch it), but I wasn’t that bad. It was nice to see Lindsay Lohan in one last role before she turned into a walking, talking bleached-out bobblehead (Call me Lindsay!!) My final call on this is…Put the kids in a room, close the door and watch something cool in the living room.
Alternate Title Opening
A Day At The Races Featurette
Breaking The Rules: The Stunts Of Herbie: Fully Loaded
Bringing Herbie To Life
Director Audio Commentary
Lindsay Lohan Music Video: “First”
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Running Time: 102 minutes