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Herbie: Fully Loaded
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by Mark Rodger-Snelson

"Its sweetness is almost sickening"
2 stars

In recent years there seems to be no end of remakes - from horror classics (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho) to crime capers (Oceanís Eleven) so I guess it was just a matter of time before Disney decided to rehash some of its back catalogue. Herbie debuted in 1969 which was followed by two movies during the seventies with his last outing being in 1980 with Herbie Goes Bananas.

The movie starts with a brief history of Herbieís past triumphs and adventures that were covered in the earlier films. It then goes on to document how after a number of lost races, he became neglected and now, 25 years on from his last moment of glory, he is a rustbucket awaiting the crusher in a wrecking yard.

Ray Peyton (Michael Keaton), a former NASCAR champion offers to purchase his daughter, Maggie (Lindsay Lohan) a car for her graduation. Due to his race teamís less than triumphant track record in recent years, Ray does not have a big budget to work with. This leads them to a scrap yard where Maggie ends up deciding on the decrepit looking bug with race stripes and the number 53 just being visible under the dust. She then takes it in to her mechanic friend Kevin (Justin Long) for a bit of motor and bodywork. Soon after Herbie is back in action and the two form an inexplicably strong bond considering that one is human and one is machine.

Before too long Maggie realises that Herbie is more than a car and has a real personality as well as a strong desire to get back onto the racetrack. Maggie has a history of illegal street racing and Ray is firmly opposed to her wanting to follow in his footsteps. After a number of adventures and misfortunes, Maggie and Herbie end up pitted against the cutthroat race driver Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon), who is the current reigning champion of the NASCAR track.

On the acting front everyone does a good job in a fluffy Disney-like way. Pick of the crop would be Matt Dillon who plays a childrenís film villain perfectly. Technically there are no faults with the film either with plenty of old fashioned real stunts mixed in with sparingly and effectively used CGI.

Herbie Fully Loaded is good, clean, family fun which is precisely what is wrong with it. Childrenís films have come a long way in recent years, most notably with the Pixar outings which are far more cutting edge and tailored to new millennium kids. Herbie Fully Loaded may be set in the present day but its plot and values seem trapped in the past.

It drips with so much sentiment and spoon fed morals that its sweetness is almost sickening. Some families will welcome this but why bother with a remake when the entire Herbie back catalogue has recently become available on DVD.

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User Comments

1/17/09 Shaun Wallner This movie was stupid! 2 stars
6/29/08 art WHO CARES? 1 stars
1/23/08 Chase It was an OK movie. It could've been more intersting though. 3 stars
8/11/07 Tiffany Losco I liked this movie. This is when Lindsay was good! 5 stars
12/25/06 garfeild This movie was a piece of @#$% 5 stars
11/30/06 David Pollastrini Lindsay Lohan is hot! 4 stars
7/15/06 drydock54321 fun movie to watch 4 stars
6/09/06 holly i think herbie fully loaded is a gret movie i like it becuase i love vw bettles 5 stars
5/20/06 duh the movies pretty good!But my '06 aveo can do better!!! 4 stars
5/15/06 Diane P daughter loved it, couldn't compare to herbie of years past..just ok 3 stars
5/03/06 Ashley Hinz I just didn't appreciate it. No offense meant. 2 stars
10/25/05 drfardook forced to watch on a CA-NY flight. tried to claw my way through the window 1 stars
10/21/05 Ariadne Christina Renee Gladstone Nothing special but Lindsay Lohan fun to watch even when slumming. 3 stars
9/14/05 Jonathon Holmes not even Lohan's hot-ass body can save this shity remake 2 stars
8/15/05 William E. C. Lowe And other Great Movie From the love Bug add to all the great nice collection. Great the act 5 stars
7/11/05 8=====D lohan is fuckin hott!!!!!! =O 5 stars
7/04/05 KingNeutron How sad that the guy that played Johnny Dangerously is reduced to this. 2 stars
7/02/05 Eric Rollins Have to get loaded to sit through this 2 stars
6/27/05 dan a good fun family film, good ob lindsay 4 stars
6/24/05 chris. oh good. hollywood continues to piss on my childhood memories. 1 stars
6/24/05 Huh? Peter: How about reviewing this movie, and not comparing it to the original? 3 stars
6/23/05 Naka Nahh. 1 stars
6/23/05 Penisballs Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded (i.e. 25 hours a day, 8 days a week) 1 stars
6/23/05 Brian way to fulfill your contractual obligations, lindsay 1 stars
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