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Still shot from the movie: Cars.


Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is a little, red race car with big, bright ambitions. When he is accidentally detoured in the dusty town of Radiator Springs, Lightening meets the eclectic locals (voiced by Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, and Larry the Cable Guy) who try to help the hyperactive hotrod understand there are more things worth revving one's engines over than just speed.

Overall Grade: A
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Release Date: 08 Jun 2006
Run Time: 117
MPAA Rating: G


Reader Comments

Spratley says: Aug. 23, 2009

I’m no school teacher, but the grading just doesn’t add up.  An overall grade of A when none of the categories are higher than an A minus?  Is the Disney lobby so strong that we can question a movie’s portrayal of drugs, moral responsibility and sexuality, and then deem it a grade-A movie for children?

Rod Gustafson says: Aug. 24, 2009

Spratley—if you check our Making the Grades information sheet ( you’ll learn that our grades are not averages. We look at content within the context of the message of the movie. In this case, the content in “Cars” is relatively mild, and we felt the positive character development of the “hero” made the movie highly recommendable. He learns about cooperating, respecting elders and living up to the consequences for his bad behavior.

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