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With: Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon, Breckin Meyer, Justin Long, Cheryl Hines, Jimmi Simpson, Jill Ritchie, Thomas Lennon, Jeremy Roberts, Patrick Cranshaw
Written by: Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, based on a story by Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Mark Perez and on characters by Gordon Buford
Directed by: Angela Robinson
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 92
Date: 06/19/2005

Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Cute as a Bug

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Herbie, the lovable VW Bug who has starred in four theatrical films, oneTV movie and a TV series, returns to the big screen again for the firsttime since 1980. After a successful racing career, Herbie goes to thejunkyard, where a recent college grad, Maggie Peyton (Lindsay Lohan),rescues him. Maggie comes from a family of racecar drivers, though heruptight dad (Michael Keaton) would rather his son (Breckin Meyer) carryon the family tradition than his precious daughter -- even if she's theone with the talent. Nevertheless, Maggie quickly discovers Herbie'saptitude for both speed and troublemaking and winds up racing thecurrent NASCAR champ Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon). The movie throws in abit of romance, too, between Maggie and a shy mechanic (Justin Long),but the real relationship is between the cute Lohan, the petulant carand the audience. Director Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.) has a huge affection forpop culture, both good and bad. She pulls out different styles, songsand moods like tools from a toolbox, throwing in a slo-mo car-buildingmontage set to a Loverboy song, or a demolition derby set to Van Halen's"Jump," or a multiple split-screen to illustrate the mood of areal-life NASCAR race. Robinson also has a flair for her actors; Dillonplays a terrifically spiky villain not unlike his There's SomethingAbout Mary turn, and Keaton embodies the adrenaline swagger of aNASCAR dad, while Lohan discovers a new kind of introspective depth toher perky teen roles. Robinson also includes a few innocuously sexymoments that should please grown-up fans while not derailing youngerviewers. Her fun permeates the entire film, and it's irresistiblyinfectious.

DVD Details: Disney's DVD comes with bloopers (with Lindsay Lohan screaming and breaking up a lot), deleted scenes, an alternate opening title sequence, a commentary track by director Robinson, a disturbingly suggestive Lohan music video ("First") and several featurettes. The audio is presented in 5.1, plus optional French and Spanish dubbing and optional French subtitles. The picture is mastered in 1:1.85 widescreen.{subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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