Parents' Guide to

The Love Bug

By Polly M. Robertus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

'60s comedy has dated stereotypes, drinking.

Movie G 1968 107 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Not for younger children

Not a good family movie if you have younger children.
age 10+

Sexual innuendo and drinking not mentioned in the review.

I was surprised to come across several scenes that included drinking alcohol; one character becomes drunk and then Herbie also suffers a "hangover." There was no mention of this in the review. Also there is sexual innuendo beginning with the main character gazing at a woman's legs. The main male and female characters are suggested to go "park" and then are driven there by Herbie. Later in the movie the two characters go on a date and end up back at the same spot and share a dramatic moment and a romantic kiss. Other cars are also parked in these scenes. After races are won, "trophy women" stand next to the victor and there are many kisses exchanged. The race scenes entertained my children, but this is not a movie we will be returning to. The subtle sexual content and alcohol aren't worth the entertainment value.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

While 1968's THE LOVE BUG shows its age, it still provides lots of entertainment. This movie seems to exist in a different Disney universe from that of the studio's earlier features: one populated by hippies, mock-mystic mechanics, and pants-wearing career women.

Peter Thorndyke makes a fine villain: oily, bullying, and deliciously underhanded. Buddy Hackett's Tennessee, on the other hand, isn't nearly as much fun, and audiences will likely wince at the racial stereotyping presented by Mr. Wu. Kids, of course, are meant to identify with Herbie, the Love Bug himself.

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