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Sex & Nudity

  • 1/10
  • A male and a female car act as though they are kissing, but they pull away quickly.
  • We see a male and a female car on a "date" at a restaurant.
  • A female car reminds a male car that he needs to take her on a date.
  • On multiple occasions cars refer to one another as boyfriends and girlfriends.

Violence & Gore

  • 4/10
  • Cars are outfitted with machine guns, rockets and other spy-weapon paraphernalia, resulting in numerous bullet-riddled and explosion-peppered chase scenes. Cars frequently crash and smash into the scenery and often crumble on impact. One spy, for instance, gets killed, and his body shows up as a cube of crushed metal.
  • In what's easily the film's most suggestively disturbing scene, a vehicle is tortured as his engine is revved and his internal fluids are slowly set to boiling. The victim begins smoking and reacting in pain and eventually blows up (offscreen). Elsewhere, some racers get nailed by an electromagnetic pulse that causes them to crash and their engines to erupt in flames, resulting in a multicar pileup.
  • When Mater gets cornered and captured by the bad guys, they use knock-out gas to subdue him. Mater, McMissile and Holly are bound to a giant mechanism set to crush them. Later, Mater realizes he has a ticking time bomb strapped to his engine. Holly shocks a car with an electrode gun.


  • 2/10
  • Mater is quite fond of saying "dad gum" and "gee." He also repeatedly mentions his propensity to "screw things up." Put downs include "idiot" and "jerk!"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • 2/10
  • We see cars popping bottles of champagne.
  • We see cars at a bar drinking from martini glasses.
  • A truck drinks from a martini glass.
  • A car remarks that drinks at a reception are free, another car responds with "then why I am here."
  • We see a car taking martini glasses and pitchers from a bar and trays.
  • We see filled pint glasses lined up on a bar in front of cars.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • BBFC - (U): Contains mild violence.
  • Suggested MPAA Rating: PG for mild action and some rude humor.
  • 4/10
  • The entire movie is slightly darker then the first, and may surprise viewers expecting a light-hearted kid's movie.
  • It's implied that a car who was prominently featured in the first movie has died.
  • Although the characters who die/get hurt are not human, realistic animation and voice acting truly makes you think a person has been killed.
  • Young children may find the villain's altered voice to be frightening.
  • A truck has a bomb attached to it, with a visible countdown timer.
  • A spy car is tortured and then blown up. (see Violence & Gore)
  • Total Excplicity content: 12/50


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Two cars and a truck are tied up inside a clock, with the cars set to be crushed in the gears. They all escape unharmed.

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