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Cars
Academy Award® Nominee
Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town...  View more >

Starring Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Jun 6, 2006
Cars is an excellent movie that continues the fine Pixar tradition of making Disney look really good! While I can't say that it is as good as Toy Story or Finding Nemo, it is very close, and certainly much better than many other movies in the same genre.

Much like Toy Story gave life to classic toys, Cars brings life to all kinds of cars, from race cars to a lovable tow truck and a "hippie" VW bus, among others.

The nice thing about this movie is that it hits quite a few targets that will resonate with audiences young and old. Starting out with an adrenaline-filled NASCAR-style race, the sound systems of theaters around the country will be put to the test. It firmly establishes the lead character of Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and is a lot of fun. The animation is top-notch, as always.

So you've got talking cars, check. NASCAR, check. Likable characters, check.

On the way to the next big race, Lightning finds himself without his transport truck and stuck in the middle of the desert. Landing in the sleepy town of Radiator Springs, a once-bustling town on Route 66 that was bypassed by the new freeway, Lightning is forced to slow things down and pay attention to things other than his own fame and fortune. A majority of the movie is spent in Radiator Springs, and for good reason, it's the most interesting setting.

The cars that he meets that are still living in Radiator Springs include Doc Hudson (voiced by Paul Newman), a 1951 Hudson Hornet who appears to be pretty sedate and uninteresting to a fast race car like Lightning McQueen, but whose past experiences make him credible and someone definitely worth listening to. As with many of the Pixar movies, there is a large cast of colorful characters that are very entertaining in their own right.

The nostalgia factor of Route 66 and a town which peaked long ago, along with some very recognizable cars and a landscape that will take several viewings to completely appreciate, makes for another checkmark on the list of things that Cars gets right.

If there is any criticism that I have, it is that the movie drags for a few minutes near the halfway point. That was the only part of the movie where I felt like they needed to get moving and pick up the pace a little. Whether this would be noticeable to most is up for debate, but it's the only negative I can find with the movie.

Any review that I could write would not do this movie justice. It's exactly the kind of movie that theaters need right now, because the best way to fully appreciate it is on a big screen. A good sound system, while not absolutely necessary, certainly bumps the enjoyment factor up a notch in the racing scenes. Even more subtle sound cues are present, as is usually the case with Pixar movies. Be sure to stay through the credits, as there are some clips that are funny and worth watching.

I'm looking forward to seeing it again on opening weekend because it is definitely worth seeing multiple times. Highly recommend for all ages!
Jun 29, 2006
A smart and funny movie, "Cars" is a fun movie that never runs out of gas. It centers on a car named Lightning McQueen who has a big ego, until an accident found himself in a town that saw it's past glory. He learn his lesson from the town's resident. It's a thrill to see those cars go around the track. the message in this film, and you probaby heard that line,"Life's a jouirney, enjoy the ride." If you feel a need for speed, "Cars" is right up your alley.
Jul 10, 2006
Aug 12, 2006
Cars disapointed me a little. It was very slow until the very end but had a good plot. It would be just as great in your own home so don't waste the money at the theaters.
Aug 21, 2006
Sep 14, 2006
Cars is the best pixar movie so far. go and see you will not waste your money.
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