A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some stereotyped portrayals of Hispanic characters
Violence & Scariness
Herbie gets thrown overboard of a cruise ship, which some kids might find upsetting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film contains one upsetting scene when Herbie is thrown overboard from a cruise ship, and some stereotyped portrayals of Hispanic characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This installment isn't great cinema, but it's the kind of thing young children will love, and it's great family viewing. The Love Bug franchise got a shot in the arm with the Lindsay Lohan remake, so it's time to revisit the early adventures of Herbie.
Some of the native characters are portrayed in rather stereotypical ways, but there's nothing terribly offensive here. The final chase scene is very funny -- you know if Herbie goes bananas, there are going to be banana peels and, well, you get the idea. This is a silly, harmless, fun little movie, and it will be interesting to compare its relative simplicity to the newest version, which is bound to be more sophisticated, but not necessarily more charming.
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