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Friday, June 16, 2006

Cars — Movie Review

A rainy day down the shore with the neices and nephews led us where it leads most others . . . the movies. The latest from Disney-Pixar, Cars, ended up being an above average way to pass some time with the kids. At the very least, I went over an hour without hearing, “Do it again, and you’re getting a timeout!” — no small feat, I assure you.

Of course, there wasn’t much to the plot. Lightning McQueen is a rookie sensation just coming into his own as a star on the racecar circuit. The cocky animated car soon finds himself stuck in a small town far from the spotlight working off some community service instead of preparing for the big race. Throw in a love interest, wise older character offering tough love, and a few quirky characters — all cars, of course — and the stage is set for lessons to be learned about what’s important in life.

While an adult sees where the film is headed within minutes, a relatively quiet theater suggested it took the kids’ along for the ride (forgive the pun) with little problem. Unfortunately, the quiet also meant there wasn’t much laughter. In fact, at one point my nephew got the biggest laugh when he shouted out a response to a quandry of McQueen’s.

I rarely notice soundtracks, especially in animated flicks, but this one wasn’t bad at all. Rascal Flatts’ cover of Tom Cochrane's 1991 hit "Life Is a Highway" was very good, and John Mayer does a nice job on "Route 66" (Chuck Berry's version is also included on the soundtrack). James Taylor’s "Our Town" also stood out for me.

I wouldn’t suggest an all-adult viewing or anything, but if you’re looking to entertain the kids, Cars is worth watching.

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