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Movie review

Older kids will tire of retread 'Herbie'

By BILLY NORRIS
Published June 27, 2005


MOVIE: Herbie: Fully Loaded

RATING: G

SUMMARY: Maggie Peyton (Lindsay Lohan) has just graduated from college and plans to head off to an internship with ESPN. She is forced to take a desk job because her father has forbidden her from carrying on the family's NASCAR racing legacy even though she has excellent driving skills. She happens upon a magical Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie (a former champion racer) that seems to have a personality and mind of its own. After beating NASCAR champ Trip Murphy (Matt Dillon) in an impromptu street race, she rediscovers that racing is in her blood. Maggie decides to go against her father's wishes and become the first female NASCAR champ, with Herbie's help of course.

MY VIEW: Another day, another remake. This one reincarnates Herbie, who originally took the country by storm in 1968. It offers a decent family outing, finally giving audiences a rare "G" movie. The car's facial expressions are endearing, and Lohan has about the same spunk she did in Freaky Friday. The humor is aimed right at the young crowd and will definitely evoke frequent eye-rolling from preteens and older, but it is not completely intolerable for older audiences.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Ages 10 and younger and young NASCAR fans.

GRADE: C+

- Billy Norris, 17, will be in the 12th grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the X-Team.

[Last modified June 24, 2005, 09:40:04]


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