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'Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo' is a fun movie, and that is all it is
meant to be. Some have said that it is not nearly as good as 'The Love
Bug,' but let's face it: none of the Herbie films are about great
brilliance. They are all about having fun and getting a laugh. The kids
and I really enjoyed it.
It is great to see Dean Jones again, and he plays Jim Douglas as someone who knows, understands, and even loves Herbie. My only criticism of this film is that it lacks Buddy Hackett. Still, Don Knotts is a wonderful replacement.
On a four-star rating system, I give this one ***. Come to think of it, that is about what I would rate 'The Love Bug.'
The DVD of 'Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo' does not feature any extras, but there are plenty on the 'Love Bug' set, certainly enough to cover both films. Funny stuff, and loads of fun!
When you think about Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo raises some interesting
philosophical questions. Such as how is the sex of a car determined?
Are here certain part variations as there are with animals or is the
sex determined by the owner?
You won't get the answer to these questions, but with Dean Jones as racing driver Jim Douglas back at the steering wheel you will get a reasonably fun movie from the Disney Studio. This is the third Herbie film from the Magic Kingdom and it lives up to the standard created by the first one.
Jones after giving the car over to the tender care of Helen Hayes in the second film is back at the wheel, this time with Don Knotts instead of Buddy Hackett as his mechanic. Though I like Knotts very much as a performer, something was definitely missing without Buddy Hackett in the film. You'd have to have seen the first to appreciate it, but Hackett was the first to discover the true essence of Herbie, the Volkwagen with a soul.
Dean and Don have several problems to overcome. The first is a pair of inept jewel thieves who nearly get themselves caught even with all the museum layout and security systems information. To avoid capture Bernard Fox and Roy Kinnear dump one very large diamond into Herbie's gas tank before the Grand Prix race from Paris to Monte Carlo. The second is an officious German driver who apparently well remembers that Volkswagen's were not vehicles of sport from the Third Reich. Eric Braeden is one of those Germans you just love to hate.
The final problem is Herbie who takes one look at the lines on the car Julie Sommars is driving and guess what, her car has a soul as well. I guess you needed a handsome, devilish may car, rogue like Herbie to bring it out. He also of course brings Julie and Dean together, though I do have to wonder what happened with Michele Lee from the original film.
Nice location scenery of France, the countryside and the metropolitan areas of Paris and Monte Carlo definitely help one enjoy this film even if you're not a devoted fan of the soulful Herbie.
Although the movie is quite old, the special effects are obvious and the cgi
non-existent, this is one of the best family-movies ever. The story is
simple, two thieves have hidden a diamond in a race-car which is now
competing in the Trans-France Race, but it isn't your usual VW. And who is
this mysterious Mister X?
The scenes where Herbie and the Lancia meet are unforgettable, the two thieves are pretty much the comic relief, the love interest Diane has some pretty sharp edges, and the racing against the German and the French guy adds another point of tension to it.
The low rate for this movie surprised me. I thought it was a very good movie, with action, nice characters, humour, and some good fun. 8/10
Herbie goes to Monte Carlo is my first favorite "Herbie" film. My favorite
scenes were: The scene when the diamond thieves are chasing Herbie through
the French country side and my other favorite scene was when Dean Jones and
Don Knotts got into a fight with the diamond thieves. The whole movie is
funny but I thought those were the funniest scenes. Don Knotts is hilarious
as usual, just like on the "Andy Griffith" show.
A cute scene I liked was when Herbie was taking a shower from the splashing water of a big fountain.
Love Bug's third entry in which Herbie is racing in the Monte Carlo
Rally , it is full of pranks and car stunts that are great fun to see .
Agreeable Disney's love bug Wolkswagen plenty of action , slapstick ,
laughs and fun . This hilarious Herbie story concerns about The Love
Bug falls 'hood-over-wheels' for a classy chassis! Herbie, the
Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own undertakes the famous
international car race but encountering all sorts of comical obstacles
along the way . Unbeknownst to Herbie's driver thieves (Ron Kinnear,
Bernard Fox) have hidden a cache of stolen diamond in the gas tank . So
the thieves resort to all manner of traps , legal or otherwise, to get
it and are now attempting to get them back . There is one obstacle
however : Herbie and a French Police Inspector (Jacques Marin) is
investigating the robbing . Fortunately, the couple of pilots (Dean
Jones, Don Knotts) have a sleeve in the form of Herbie , the fantastic
car , as they takes the magical Wolkswagen Bug with a mind of its own .
The VW falls in love with a sports car, a Lancia , as both of them
compete in the notorious race . Miraculous Herbie take them for a ride
and stumbles into evil hoodlums who pursue through roads , highways and
race tracks . As always, Herbie the love bug , is helping the young
couple (Dean Jones ,Julie Sommars) find romance but encountering all
sorts of hilarious problems along the way . Meanwhile Herbie with the
number 53 intervenes in the biggest race cars from Paris to Monte Carlo
and win the Grand Prize , a challenge among top competitors circle the
world's most famous racing circuits and quickly slipping in the
This ordinary Disney slapdash film displays great loads of amusement , fun , giggles , race cars and is pretty entertaining . It's an enjoyable movie for kids and for those who enjoy cars racing round and round and bounds and leaps by Herbie . The actors seem to enjoy immensely , as Dean Jones and Don Knotts play of sympathetic manner and the mean-spirited villains performed by Ron Kinnear , Bernard Fox and Jacques Marin are top notch . Brief appearance as sympathetic waiter by Gerard Jugnot subsequently prestigious player in the successful ¨The choir boys ¨. Colorful cinematography by Leonard South and jolly soundtrack by Frank De Vol including the lively leitmotif , usual in the Herbie's series. This is a delightful film , the original film turns out to be : ¨The love bug¨ (1969) by Robert Stevenson with Dean Jones, Michele Lee and Buddy Hackett , followed by ¨ Herbie rides again (1974)¨ also by Robert Stevenson and starred by Ken Berry , Stefanie Powers and Helen Hayes ; it's followed by ¨Herbie goes to Montecarlo¨ and ¨Herbie goes bananas¨ (1980 , or Herbie Torero) by Vincent McEveety starred by Charles Martin Smith and Cloris Leachman , among others and a 1997-for-television-movie and a TV series , the most part filmed by Stevenson and Vincent McEveety and usually starred by Dean Jones . Furthermore recent version starred by Linsay Lohan , Justin Long and Matt Dillon , being directed by Angela Robinson. This " Herbie goes to Monte Carlo¨ version is amusing and with lots of laughs but is a familiar film . The motion picture is correctly directed by Vincent McEveety . Worthwhile seeing , typical Disney slapstick ,it's a great fun to watch and there are loads of entertainment in this one . It' one of the best and funniest of ¨Herbie¨ series .
It has been twelve years since Jim Douglas last won a race; in fact, it
has been twelve years since he last drove a race but he has selected
the prodigious France-Monte Carlo race to make their come back. Being
greeted with laughter is a problem they can overcome but when Herbie
falls in love with a rival car it means that he is distracted and more
interesting in impressing her than giving his all. Mind you, even if
they manage to get over that problem Jim and Wheely don't even know
about the stolen diamond in their fuel tank or the international
thieves chasing them to get it back.
Herbie films have never been about high production standards, character or plot and this entry in the series is no exception. The plot mixes one thread about a jewel robbery and another about romance. The former is the more enjoyable strand but it doesn't do enough to get the most out of it because it focuses more on the romance side of things. In regards Herbie, this at least provides some scenes that kids will find funny with the two cars, however it also brings tiresome bits between Douglas and Diane Darcy that aren't fun at all. It all does what you expect it to in all regards and there isn't anything special here but most of it is amusing and inoffensive enough for adults to watch while also being broad, visual and silly enough to keep children content.
Dean Jones is happy to mug along as usual and he does it well enough to fit the mood of the film; likewise Knotts pulls faces and gurns as much as he possibly can. Sommars is really rather annoying and has as little character as her character's ugly and charisma-lacking car. Herbie is amusing as ever and the film does well to draw a character out of the car without resorting to the cheap effects used by the modern entry.
Overall this is not a great film but it is an enjoyable kids movie and should be viewed as such. It is delivered with consistent good humour even if it has no surprises or laughs to really speak of. Adults might get bored of it easily but are unlikely to be annoyed by it, while children should be amused and distracted by the inoffensive antics.
'Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo' is a fun movie, and that is all it is
meant to be. It isn't as good as the original but does raise some good
questions. Like how do you determine the gender of a car?
The plot is simple enough to follow. The story is simple, two thieves have hidden a diamond in a race-car which is now competing in the Trans- France Race, but it isn't your usual VW. And who is this mysterious Mister X? The two thieves are pretty much the comic relief.
It's a humorous movie for the family, as long as you don't take it serious. The kids will love the humor while the adults will love seeing all the old cars. I would say not the worst in the series but definitely not the best either. Stick to the original.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Nearly ten years after the original Love Bug races, Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) is back in the game! This time he has a new mechanic/sidekick, Wheeley Applegate (Don Knotts). Together, they have entered the Paris to Monte Carlo race and harbor high hopes of winning. Unexpectedly, as Jim goes through the first practice sessions, Herbie begins to act bizarre. Before long, the reason is clear; The Love Bug is in love! This time its a sweet blue racer driven by a WOMAN, Diane (Julie Sommars). Soon, there is a mild collision, as Herbie is trying to snuggle with the blue auto. Diane is furious at Jim and believes he, like all of the others, doesn't respect her as a capable driver. Jim stammers apologies and sure likes the looks of Diane. Meanwhile, a respected professional is planning to steal a huge diamond that he has sworn to protect, by installing a new security system. However, his two minions bungle the theft and end up putting the beautiful rock into Herbie's gas tank. Now, not only is the VW acting strangely, he is being followed by those who want to recover the jewel. With all of this turmoil and a large field of racers, will Herbie stand a chance of winning? Come on, he's proved he is a winner, right? This darling movie, the third in the Love Bug series, is still fresh and funny despite being made long ago. Jones is terrific as the handsome driver while Knotts shines in the shotgun role. Sommars, who some may remember from the television show The Governor and JJ, is pretty and entertaining as the woman determined to show she can play with the boys. All of the other cast members, perhaps European but unknown to American audiences, are very comedic, too. Then, too, the scenery in Paris and the French countryside is wonderful, as are the costumes, script, and zesty direction. Are you a fan of this series? You will love it but so will most folks who sit down for an evening view.
Vincent McEveety took over directing duties on this third "Herbie" film that sees Dean Jones return as Jim Douglas, who has regained possession of Herbie, and has entered a Paris to Monte Carlo road race with help from his friend Wheely Applegate(played by Don Knotts). Trouble starts when jewel thieves hide a stolen jewel in Herbie's gas tank(located in a spot never seen before or since!) Herbie has also fallen in love with a light-blue Lancia car also in the race, which is a distraction Jim didn't need... Nice to see Dean Jones return, though the unexplained absence of both Buddy Hackett and Michele Lee is annoying. Really no better or worse than the previous film, with equally silly plot elements.
If you thought Herbie trying to kill himself by driving off a bridge in
'The Love Bug' was daft, wait until you see him acting horny in this
bewilderingly silly second sequel. Dean Jones is back as the driver
competing in the Paris to Monte Carlo rally; this time his sentient VW
falls in love with another car in the race, a Lancia driven by Julie
By this point in the series the energy and charm is lacking even more than in 'Herbie Rides Again'; the movie is overlong and threadbare, although it's watchable thanks to a few funny bits, the cast's frantic mugging, and the return of Jones, who turns in a typically likable performance.
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