Cars 3 (2017) Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Cars 3 (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Very mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Third time's a charm.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Larry the Cable Guy, Armie Hammer, Ray Magliozzi, Tony Shalhoub, Bonnie Hunt, Lea DeLaria, Kerry Washington

  • Directed by:

    Brian Fee

  • Running time:

    109 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), NR (UK), G (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters get teased (comic), covered in foam/mud, inflated, sprayed with bugs, bogged in sand/mud, rammed, pursued by a bus resembling a stampeding bull, flipped. Several nasty-looking car crashes (slow-motion cinematography, rollovers, sparks, debris over track, smoke, EMT vehicles attending, sirens, damaged/wrecked vehicles, etc). A car loses control on a virtual simulator and crashes through a fence, crowds of cars and a screen. Vehicles crash into each other/fences/walls/a sign. A vehicle tires to cut a car with a spinning saw blade (the blade gets jammed in the car's tyre well). Objects broken. Pyrotechnic explosions, burning tyres, burning vehicles. A character is referred to as the "school bus of death". Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    (None): Cars joke about a male character not liking "fast women" and a female character having "serious eyes" for a male character. A male character describes a female character as an angel.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Bar setting. Moonshine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    (There is no swearing or crude language in this film.) Butt, keister. A character says "Life's a beach and then you drive". A character advises "No cursing" as a rule at a speedway meet. Name-calling (losers, stickers, stinky, cloud, old, broken down, flabby, senior, washed up, brittle, fossil, slow, rickety, dilapidated, costume girl, angry, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Racing, best friends, rookies, challengers, teamwork, training, ribbing, rivalry, legacy, mentors, retirement, defeat, memories, sponsors, motivation, speedway, sacrifice, reflexes, ageing, passing the baton, fairness, equality, empathy, ego.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead friend/mentor seen in flashback. Fireworks. A picture of a clown is painted on the side of a truck. A character spits whenever he says the word "paparazzi".

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Radiant, playful, friendly, rollicking, warm, progressive, satisfying, gentle, melancholic, mature, sturdy, fresh, sweet, polished, kid-friendly, moving, traditional, effective, deep. Involving/energising/lush/gorgeous/photorealistic/stirring/splendid visuals, intense/terrifying/tragic/harrowing/spectacular/horrific crash sequences, strong female character, smart themes, amiable pace, tender/affecting flashbacks to Paul Newman's Doc Hudson character.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Meandering, pedestrian, perfunctory. Aimless/sagging middle section, hit or miss comedy, by-the-numbers plotting/character development, flat/safe story.

CARS 3 is preceded by short film LOU featuring a bullying kid who teases/mocks other children, steals their beloved possessions and causes two to get knocked over/into bins. A character morphs into various shapes, characters are thrown through the air/hit with objects (marbles/racquet)/grabbed/stretched/pulled, a child character is seen with a leg in plaster and crutches, a character screams. Themes include bullying, loss, favourite toys, lost and found items, redemption, forgiveness, playgrounds, children and hope.

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