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Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)

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Maggie Peyton, the new owner of Herbie, Number 53, the free-wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own, puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor.

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Angela Robinson

Writers:

Thomas Lennon (screenplay), Robert Ben Garant (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Lohan ... Maggie Peyton
Michael Keaton ... Ray Peyton Sr.
Matt Dillon ... Trip Murphy
Breckin Meyer ... Ray Peyton Jr.
Justin Long ... Kevin
Cheryl Hines ... Sally
Jimmi Simpson ... Crash
Jill Ritchie ... Charisma
Thomas Lennon ... Larry Murphy
Jeremy Roberts ... Crazy Dave
E.E. Bell ... Beeman
Peter Pasco ... Juan Hernandez
Mario Larraza Mario Larraza ... Miguel Hernandez
Patrick Cranshaw ... Jimmy D.
Scoot McNairy ... Augie
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Storyline

Maggie Peyton is the new owner of Number 53--the free wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own; she puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor. As a third generation member of a NASCAR family, racing is in Maggie Peyton's blood, but she is forbidden from pursuing her dream by her overprotective father, Ray Peyton, Sr. When Ray Sr. offers Maggie a car as a college graduation present, he takes her to a junkyard to choose one from an assortment of very used cars. Maggie has her eye on an old Nissan, but a certain rusty, banged up '63 VW Bug seems to be clamoring for her attention. To her surprise, Maggie leaves the lot with Herbie. As she prepares to leave town for a position with ESPN News, Maggie discovers that Herbie has a mind of his own--and an alternate route for her future. Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herbie See more »

Filming Locations:

Baldwin Park, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,709,221, 26 June 2005

Gross USA:

$66,023,816

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$144,146,816
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original script was green-lit largely because the studio liked its decisions to A) place the Herbie character into a realistic world and B) make Herbie's powers subtle, and presented in small increments. Later script revisions ended up presenting a more cartoonish and fantasy-based world. See more »

Goofs

In the Demolition Derby scene, Herbie has a roof lining installed and a nice white interior but by the end of the scene the interior has been stripped out. See more »

Quotes

Charisma: Would you really rather be reporting the stories instead of being them?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits is a tribute to Herbie's career, with clips from all his previous movie, excluding to his "Wonderful World of Disney" film, leading up to where he is now in the events of the film. See more »

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References Knight Rider (1982) See more »

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Metal Guru
Written by Marc Bolan
Produced by Keith Forsey
Performed by Rooney
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Good clean unpretentious fun that is as charming and winning as it is silly
10 March 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Maggie Peytton is not overly impressed when her graduation gift from her race driver father is a busted VW beetle. Planning to ditch it at a gathering of car fans, Maggie inadvertently finds herself in a promotional street race with undefeated NASCAR champion Trip Murphy. What nobody knows is that this little VW is none other than former sensation Herbie – sadly now confined to the scrap heap of history (literally). When Maggie wins, Murphy is outraged and sets out to engineer a rematch while Maggie tries to work out quite what it is about this little car that makes her drive so fast.

I think it is important to come into this film as a fan of the Herbie films rather than someone for whom the laws of thermodynamics must be rigidly applied across all film genres. I say this because much of the film is absurd and there will be those wringing their hands about the simply impossible moves that the little car makes, however these same people should also keep in mind that they are watching a film about a mischievous car that is alive. It is important to enter into the spirit of the film and, in fairness, Fully Loaded does help the viewer as much as possible by being wonderfully charming and disarming.

It doesn't really have a bad bone in its body and I must admit that I found it refreshingly clean family entertainment that was easy to enjoy even if it was just as easy to forget. Of course if you're not sold on this charm and find it grating or silly from the start then you should bail out because it will not get easier for you as it gets sillier the longer it goes on. Director Robinson delivers a good clean script really well, not making it post0ironic but totally hitting the innocent charm that made the character so good in the first place. Herbie himself is quite fun but it is the main cast that do the harder job of getting the mood right.

Ignore her real-life personae and just watch Lohan for what she does here and you'll find her performance to be quite good and fitting the film. Keaton, Dillon, Long and Meyer are all solid and provide the film with a professional feel in the cast. Overall then this is a fun and clean family film that is surprisingly charming and effective. Getting into the swing with it is important as the action is very silly at times and it is only if you are feeling it that you can forgive it. For me, I was right there with it and enjoyed it for the simple fun it was.


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