Parents' Guide to

Cars

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Pixar comedy is full of four-wheeled fun.

Movie G 2006 116 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 4+

Based on 111 parent reviews

age 8+

PG movie by today's standards

I don't recall any violence of concern in this movie, but kids' movies did get away with quite a lot back then. People were not as sensitive in 2006 as they are today regarding the sexual content and language. Although it was rated G in 2006, it would NEVER get the same rating today. There are three things in the movie that would scale this movie up to a PG rating: (1) The adult humor of two Mazda Miata characters flashing their "headlights," which imply female breasts. (2) One car calls a minivan "sexy." Kids younger than 11-13 should not repeat that word. (3) The derogatory term and the mild swear word, "h*llb*lly" and "hell," respectively, both are used in the very same sentence at the very same time by the main character. The movie is high quality for ages 5 and up, but the content is more geared towards an 8+ audience. It would be PG today.
age 3+

Love it! Great messages here! Amazing work Disney and Pixar

toddler loves Cars! If you don't know what Cars is, Car is a Disney and Pixar movie full of 4 wheel fun! Perfect for the car lover kid in your house. Cars follows the story of Lightning McQueen who is a famous race car, a rookie to be exact, in the piston cup series. But he is a bit of a show off and is very boastful thinking that he is a one man show and we can see right off the bat that when he is asked if he has any friends it takes him a hot minute to think....nobody wants to be friends with someone who only cares about themselves. So when he gets stranded in a little town called Radiator Springs, (after the tuner gang: DJ who plays calming music lures Mack to sleep, Boost and Wingo shine their lights in Mack's face, and Snot Rod who startles Mack...causes him to accidentally hit the trailer door button) ....he gets so worked up he tears up the road, plus knocks over some tires, breaks a trailer, races through a drive through and scratches some paint as well as runs over some flowers. While he is there he sentenced to fix the road as punishment but also learns the true meaning of friendship by making friends with everyone and even finds his best friend as well....Mater. By the end of the job he feels bad leaving his new friends for his final race, and when he gets to the race he doesn't do very well to start until....his new friends that he just made show up to cheer him on and be his pit crew! Doc Hudson: the judge of the town and one of his many friends that he made was the crew cheif, Guido and Luigi: another set of friends was the pit crew, Filmore: another friend was in charge of fuel, and Sarge was in chair of fix ups just in case something went wrong. Mater and Sheriff came to cheer him on! In the end of the movie we see Mater riding around in a Dinoco Helicopter as McQueen: his best friend promised. Lighting pulls up to another friend that he made: Sally and says that he missed her and is going to stay and that he heard that this place was back on the map which it is yet again as we can see in the credits. The movie teaches children the true meaning of success and teamwork, that you have to be responsible for your own actions, how friendships work, to handle your fears, and that life is a journey so enjoy the ride. My only problem is that nowadays Cars would be rated PG as it does have the word hell in it but you can barely hear it unless your kid wants you to turn it up.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (111 ):
Kids say (174 ):

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.

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