Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 15, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Herbie: Fully Loaded

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
101 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/24/05
performer
Lindsay Lohan, Matt Dillon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Michael Keaton, Justin Long, Breckin Meyer, Rusty Wallace
director
Angela Robinson
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
author
Robert Ben Garant, Alfred Gough, Thomas Lennon, Miles Millar
genre
Kids and Family, Comedy

We gave it a B

It’s a good bet that the intended audience for Herbie: Fully Loaded isn’t familiar with the Herbies that have ground gears and batted headlight eyelids before in the kitsch Disney franchise: The groovy 1963 Volkswagen Bug with racing in its blood (or in its transmission fluid) and matchmaking in its heart (or in its engine block) was a sentimental invention of a kinder, fuzzier automotive era. And for those newbies, this update, starring peppery Disney re-do queen Lindsay Lohan as wannabe car racer Maggie Peyton, is as serviceable an introduction as any to the notion of a sentient set of wheels. Among the clues that this is not your father’s Volkswagen: Maggie’s a college graduate with career options that include a gig at ESPN; and Herbie has the hots for a snazzy late-model yellow VW Beetle, the sight of which makes his radio antenna extend.

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