A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters learn to appreciate one another's differences. Themes include humility and integrity. Some racial/ethnic stereotypes.
Positive Role Models
Lightning learns the importance of appreciating the differences in everyone.
Violence & Scariness
Car falls off his transport truck, briefly faces "gang" of cars; rip-roaring chase through small town leaves road torn up.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting between cars.
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Use of the word "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Tons of merchandise associated with Cars, including toys, food products, and consumer goods. Within the movie, Goodyear tires and NASCAR are featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in Cars, the automobile characters do some pretty raucous racing, careening off walls, trees, and each other. A group of The Fast and the Furious-style vehicles briefly threaten another car. Cars argue with one another, lose their tempers, and look sad or lonely. There's some innocent flirtation between boy and girl cars. Some mild language -- at least one use of "hell." At 116 minutes, it's on the long side for animation and may be too much for some really little kids. But stick around for the closing credits! To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Colorful and often charming, this film renders its nostalgia for a mythic past via state-of-the-art technologies. But once Lightning settles into the small town, the door opens for marketing opportunities. Cars reframes many youthful fancies as consumable objects, ensuring that movie and NASCAR tie-in products will be in circulation.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.