Herbie: Fully Loaded



Kids may enjoy it; most parents will snooze.
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  • Review Date: October 24, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 101 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Girl lies to her father, villain cheats, car squirts liquids on opponents.

Violence & scariness

Cars crash; a slightly scary demolition derby.

Sexy stuff

Boy car has a crush on a girl car; girl kisses boyfriend at end.


A character complains about "busting his butt."


NASCAR is all about commercial endorsement logos.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes images potentially disturbing for small children during a demolition derby, when a monster truck targets Herbie the car, and slight sexual innuendo concerning Herbie's interest in an apparently female yellow Volkswagen (his antenna goes "erect" at the sight of her, an allusion that will likely go right over the head of the youngest kids). There are many brand-name logos present.

What's the story?

HERBIE: FULLY LOADED begins as Maggie Peyton (Lindsay Lohan) graduates from college and plans to leave for a new a job at ESPN. This future pleases her NASCAR star father, Ray (Michael Keaton), but she really wants to race. But Dad refuses to let her drive because years ago she totaled a street racing car. Maggie's graduation present changes all this: Herbie, a 1963 Beetle she and Dad find in a junkyard, has "personality" and what seems a singular will to race. With Maggie at the wheel but not exactly steering, Herbie wangles his way into a street race with egotistical NASCAR superstar Trip (Matt Dillon), which she wins. Trip sets up a rematch, for which Maggie and her mechanic Kevin (Justin Long) rebuild Herbie. Their prep means she has to lie to Ray. Trip's eventual efforts to undermine Herbie lead to the very depressed and abandoned Bug's engagement in a demolition derby where he's smashed up by a monster truck before Maggie shows up to inspire him.

Is it any good?


Kids may get a kick out of the lovable car revived, but adults will find the trendy NASCAR connection slow going, and the story clunky and mostly unfunny. While the movie is focused on Herbie and Maggie's "relationship" (they learn to have faith in each other, though thankfully, each has a romantic partner -- Maggie likes Kevin and Herbie a yellow bug), it also illustrates the business of NASCAR. That is, it shows how teams need sponsors and features actual logos prominently (Cheetos, Home Depot, Tropicana).

The crossover marketing goes so far as to include a kind of human product placement: Herbie: Fully Loaded features brief appearances by real-life drivers like Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Maggie's repeated lies to her father concerning her racing. How could she have achieved her goals without lying? How might her father have been less rigid about rejecting her desire to race? How is his resistance based on the idea that her brother can race, but a girl should not? Families might also talk about the cheating by the champion driver and his punishment (he's designated "crazy" and carted off in an ambulance, even though his belief that the car is "out to get him" is technically correct).

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 22, 2005
DVD release date:October 25, 2005
Cast:Lindsay Lohan, Matt Dillon, Michael Keaton
Director:Angela Robinson
Studio:Buena Vista
Topics:Cars and trucks
Run time:101 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:All ages

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Adult Written byJjSmihal April 9, 2008

Herbie is back and should have sequels!

I took my 4 year old daughter to see this. I will admit, the outcome of the movie was extremely predictable, but it HAD to be (Herbie couldn't lose the big race!) I didn't like Maggie saying "Oh, my God" when she first had Herbie do his own thing (this phrase really irritates me!) but I could overlook it because the rest of the movie was great. I didn't like Maggie lying to her father, but this gave my daughter and I a lot to discuss. She asked if we could go see it again or buy it when it comes out on DVD. My answer is YES! I hope that there are more Herbie movies that are similar in style!
Adult Written byCaliberIS April 9, 2008

I was surprised

that I - as an adult - found this movie entertaining (not great, just entertaining), but my 5 y.o. loved it.
Adult Written bymomof3 April 9, 2008

The only G movie I could find this summer

I took my girls (4, 6 and 10) to see Herbie, mainly because it was the only G movie playing so far this summer that I could find. I was a little worried that my younger ones wouldn't enjoy it, but I was pleasantly surprised that they followed along okay and enjoyed the show. My kids were concerned when Lindsay Lohan's character lied to her Dad, but she later regrets her dishonest choices which was a good lesson. Overall, I thought it was okay for the kids and a good way to beat the heat for a little while. Also, it was nice to take them to something that was not an animated cartoon for a change of pace.


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