Animated


Cars 3


MPAA Rating:
G
Genre:
Animated
Runtime:
109 mins
Stars:
Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Cheech Marin
Director:
Brian Fee
Producer:
Kevin Reher

Content at a Glance

0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


none.

Language


none.

Violence


characters get caught in a demolition derby and there’s lots of smashing and some threatening moments.

Drugs


none. the characters meet in a bar and grill but there’s no visible alcohol.

Nudity


none.

Other


none.


Trailer



Synopsis

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!


Movie Message

It’s been a while since I heard a theater crowd applaud at the end of the movie. It wasn’t a passionate, emotional applause, but definitely a joyful, grateful appreciation for a positively delightful evening out with the kids. This third installment in the Cars franchise takes us back to the deeper relationship we hoped for with “Lightning and Friends,” and we enjoy a passing-of-the-torch adventure loaded with great messages of honor. And power slides.

In this story, Lightning isn’t ready to take the merchandising money and run (which is sort of funny since I have oodles of car No. 95s in every Matchbox collection and toy chest in my house). Lightning battles a fascination with the new shiny things but keeps his focus well-grounded in his core truth—he loves the sport and he loves the friends who stand by him. Pixar created a wonderful experience for families to feel happy (and resolved) for their friend Lightning McQueen.

I liked the strong story of honor for the past and the people who paved our paths; the importance of realizing how they dedicated their hearts and talents to our success. Kids might not glean the nostalgia and won’t notice the consistent genius of the Cadillac Ranch desert rock formations, but it’s sure a good conversation to share with them over ice cream.

And another delightful part of the Pixar gift was the animated short film preceding the movie. “Lou” will prime your pump for a sweet and uplifting whole-movie experience. Even the four middle school boys I brought with me found lots to love.

For All Ages

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