Turbo Saturday, 04 July 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: General.

  • The pitch:

    Ready... set... escargot!

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Samuel L. Jackson, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Mario Andretti

  • Directed by:

    David Soren

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)


    Snails are captured by birds, squished by fruit, near-crushed, near-run over (incl. dramatisation), submerged, pursued, swallowed, held captive, near-stomped, hit by objects. Reckless driving, multiple collisions, vehicle pile-up, kitchen fire. A child is thrown from a tricycle. Animals are thrown against a windscreen, hit by a bus, deliberately squished, smacked. People get punched, kicked, wrestled, head-locked, dragged away, bitten, bump heads. Tyres are punctured, cracked windscreen, smashed glass, broken spectacle lens. Debris. Screaming, arguing, squabbling, shouting. Killing, slaughter (competitive) mentioned. Blood/gore: Internal cinematography of snail physiology (beating heart, blood-flow etc). Blood splatter (tomato juice). Damaged shell.


    Flirting, innuendo. Jokes about gender confusion.


    Alcohol (beer). An animal absorbs nitrous oxide, consumes an energy drink.


    Name-calling, teasing. Cultural, racial stereotypes. Religious exclamation.


    Racing, speed, ambition, brothers, performance-enhancement, vehicle modification, acceptance, teams, investment, sponsorship, social media, fame, small business, rules, safety, passion, humble beginnings, dreams, underdogs, heroes, rivalry, determination, courage, victory, Indianapolis 500.


    Job loss. Snails, crows, buzzing insects, beetles, flock of birds, monkeys (on poster), cobweb, tomatoes. Plane, jets, full moon (incl. opening credits), balloons, fireworks. Tetanus, heart attack mentioned; panic attacks, hyperventilation, disorientation. Spitting. Bright lights, camera flashes. Some Spanish language (no subtitles).


    Imaginative, wholesome, family friendly, heart-warming, enjoyable, affecting, funny, breezy, fast, fresh. Excellent voice work, smart dialogue, thrilling action sequences, appealing hero, sharp animation.


    Formulaic, predictable. Could be funnier, slow-paced characterisation, hackneyed storyline.

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