Directors: Brad Lewis and John Lasseter
Starring: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, John Turturro
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Common Sense Media rating: 6+
Moviefone Mama Says: Although all of the slick promotional material may emphasize Lightning McQueen's (Wilson) role, this sequel is really all about Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). The two characters essentially switch places, with lovable Mater as the hero and sophisticated Lightning playing the sidekick. There are still some exciting races for Lightning to compete in, but the action focuses on a British spy mission led by Finn McMissile (Caine) that inadvertently requires Mater's cooperation and expertise. None of our other Radiator Springs friends is prominently featured, and we trade a small town along Route 66 for international locales in Japan, Italy and England. Pixar's animation is always breathtakingly good, and adults will enjoy the many sight gags and inside jokes, but ultimately 'Cars 2' isn't quite as memorable as the original "big car, small town" adventure.
categories Family Film Guide