Cars 2 had little in common with the first Cars and it was a different approach, but it proves that different isn't always that bad. Cars 2 has also received mixed reviews from both parents and critics alike, stating that the violence is too "hardcore" for a G-rated movie. I, myself, have to agree, but to a certain extent. I believe that parents are making too big of a deal about it. There was even one review that asked if "Monsters Inc 2 would have blood and guts". Really? Blood and guts? That's when I draw the line. So what if it has a little violence? What? Do you want your kids to grow up soft and weak? You have to expose some of the hardships of life to your children (of course, to a reasonable level). And besides, I've seen movies with worse violence (from Disney!) and I'm not talking about Pirates of the Carribean or anything, I mean the kiddie movies. And let's not forget classic 'toons, like Tom & Jerry. That's not exactly something I would call "violence-free". Though the storyline was random, it was a fresh, new concept from Pixar that people just need to learn to except. The critics and parents that bag on it (including this site) are so caught up in the G-rating mishap, that they forget the actual purpose of the movie: to entertain. Yes, that's it. It's supposed to be entertaining, if you didn't know. I got plenty of laughs and thrills from it. While the plot may be hard for some to follow (mostly young children), Cars 2 is still enjoyable for the whole family and deserves much better. It's just so underrated. I mean, all the reviews add up to two stars? That's all? It just shows how much "common sense" these people have. Now, on to the violence and such. Yes, there was plenty. Think James Bond, except it's animated, and with cars instead of people. The cars have different weapons and gadgets (guns, bombs, etc.) and there are plenty of explosions and a few (mostly off-screen) deaths. One car is crushed and a few dents are left on the cars. Mater also flirts with Holley, a female secret agent, whom he refers to as his "girlfriend". The language is mild: stupid, idiot, etc. My only small complaint (and I mean "small") was the fact that some of the original characters didn't appear much throughout the movie. That aside, Cars 2 ended positively and a nice, heartfelt message was taught (not quite as heartfelt as past Pixar movies or the first Cars, but still good) and, of course, the bad guys lose. Cars 2 was revved up with plenty of action, enough to keep your children and yourself occupied. Kids four and under, however, might not be accustomed to this violence. I do recommend this to families with older children or little kids who are not too sensitive. Whatever you do, ignore critics and sites, like Rotten Tomatoes. And one last thing, if you don't like this movie, don't waste your time hating on it. Sorry for such a long review.