Herbie: Fully Loaded is Walt Disney’s latest attempt to bring families to the theater and have them waiting in lines at Wal-Mart to purchase the DVD. Bringing back an idea that worked back in the ’60s and ’70s can sometimes be a great idea and sometimes be a total disaster. I am fortunately (and unfortunately) of an age where I remember those movies while some of you have never heard of the previous movies “The Love Bug”, “Herbie Rides Again” or “Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo”. I feel that Disney does a decent job here of recreating the fun and excitement of the crazy little car with a mind of its own.
Lindsay Lohan stars as 18 year old Maggie Peyton who wants to follow in her father’s footsteps of being a professional race car driver. However, her father (Michael Keaton) sees it differently and tries to keep her from behind the wheel. They stumble across our hero, Herbie, in an old used junk car lot and daddy purchases the 1963 Volkswagon for Maggie to be used for basic transportation. Well, as you can imagine Herbie has other ideas and gets Maggie racing and into all kinds of trouble.
The actors in this film did a great job for what they were intending to do, which is to get the attention and create a few laughs for a young audience. This is probably Lindsay Lohan‘s last attempt at a wholesome family movie, but she really does do a great job of expressing emotion. I got a kick out of her little squeels and screams as Herbie is taking her for a wild ride. I can imagine most teen girls would be reacting the same way. Michael Keaton and Matt Dillon are both seasoned vets that I have enjoyed watching over the years. The special effects were very cool and updated from the original movies theatrics.
As the family man here at Movie Snobs, I enjoy watching a movie that I can feel comfortable with when all the kids are in the room, and I don’t have to keep grabbing for the remote to do that “don’t look” fast forward thing that I do so well. Although Herbie: Fully Loaded will win no awards, it was good entertainment and I would definitely recommend it for your family’s movie night or just for some good clean fun.
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