This movie was scarier than I expected, and this is coming from the girl who watched True Grit with no problem.
All right, I went to the movie without taking a glance at the rating (C'mon, it's CARS, people. How bad can it be?...) Excuse me, but, from watching this movie, I thought it was mid-range PG due to the violence.
Wait, it's rated G?! If the "general audience" that it stands for is comprised of mostly four and five year old fans of the first movie, be ready for some possible bad dreams.
Oh well, on to the content...
VIOLENCE: This the main issue here. The opening scene had more violence than I expected for the whole movie. Since this movie revolves around spies, expect many gadgets, weapons and combat to ensue.
The main scene that bugged me was the torture scene. Knowing kids movies, I expected the car to get out to safety somehow and that be that. NO. During a very suspenseful scene where the car is being tortured, they kill him. Just like that. Kaput.
The second scene that bugged me was in the beginning montage/fight scene, where one car gets brutally compacted under a heavy object. No, I don't he survived either.
There are plenty of other scenes where the violence is most definitely not appropriate for youngsters, but those were the two that stood out to me. There's plenty of suspense to beware of as well.
LANGUAGE: Not as much of an issue, but mild insults may be a bit much for a G rated movie.
DRINKING: At a fancy party, cars are seen drinking drinks that heavily resemble martinis: The drinks are in martini glasses and even have toothpicks with olive-like things skewered on them. Not so G rated.
SEXUAL CONTENT: Not much. McQueen is obviously with Sally, and there's a situation where Mater thinks a rendezvous is a date (and acts as such.). Compared to the violence level, it's not much.
OVERALL: I had higher hopes for this movie, but it ended up more like a mediocre Dreamworks movie than a Pixar sequel. The plot itself got a bit tiresome, especially since its focus is on Mater, a character who, despite being a lovable goof in the first movie, becomes a bit annoyingly dumb in this one (Or maybe it's because they made McQueen the Anti-Hero, I'm not sure). The violence and suspense threw me off as well. Though, to be honest, it's what kept me interested, realizing that really, anyone could die in this movie.
An OK movie with the wrong age rating.