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Cars 3 (2017)

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Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

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Cruz Ramirez (voice)
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Smokey (voice)
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Sterling (voice)
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Mater (voice)
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Jackson Storm (voice)
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Dusty (voice)
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Luigi (voice)
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Sally (voice)
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Miss Fritter (voice)
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Natalie Certain (voice)
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Bob Cutlass (voice)
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Louise Nash (voice)
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Darrell Cartrip (voice)
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River Scott (voice)
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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! Written by Pixar

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,688,680, 18 June 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$152,901,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$383,889,151
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Trivia

Like with Cars 2 (2011) which released the same year as Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Cars 3 (2017) released the same year as another Transformers film, being Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). See more »

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Natalie Certain says that every week, veteran racers retire or get fired to make room for the next generation racers. However, the season was almost over when more next generation racers started to push out the stock cars, so veteran racers leaving every week is impossible. See more »

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Natalie Certain: Storm's in a class of his own. And a big reason for that: training on the newest cutting edge simulators. These machines create a virtual racing experience so real racers never even have to go outside.
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Spin-off Miss Fritter's Racing Skoool (2017) See more »

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Run That Race
Written, Performed and Produced by Dan Auerbach
Engineered by M. Allen Parker
Mixed by Dan Auerbach and M. Allen Parker
Dan Auerbach appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records, a label of the Warner Music Group
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An uninspired borefest
22 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

I am one of those guys who actually liked the first Cars film. That one had a soul. Then came the second installment, which was even better - one of those rare sequels that did not feel forced or redundant.

And then Cars 3 came along to spoil it all.

How bad is it? Well, bad enough that a kid next to me could not wait for the film to be over. And bad enough that I was struggling not to fall asleep due to pure boredom. The middle part of the film (like from 15min in to about 15 min before the end) is mostly a blur for me - it was that bad. They say that with any story, you want to leave audiences questioning "And then - what happened?" so that the story shows "and then - this happened, and then - this..." but this film has nothing happening. There was tons of talk, reminiscing, fear of old age, but nothing worth watching.

One saving grace is the film's visuals. And there was one camera move I loved. That was it.

Oh, in case you have heard of the ending, which I will not disclose here - it feels terribly forced. Lightning McQueen makes a random decision that is supposed to make us feel all warm and fuzzy, but it doesn't. It just leaves everyone with the big WTF on their face, and rightfully so, because it is so out of character and so stupid. So, the ending does not work, as much as it was cute as an idea. Good ideas need to be well executed to work, otherwise they fail.

All in all, the story feels like a typical Hollywood "paint by numbers" screenplay which was developed by going over McKee's or some such author's check list, and then going like this:

  • Start with action on page 1? Check. - Unexpected ending? Check. - Lots of dialogue in the middle part? Check. - Take care of the minorities? Check.


And so on. Painting by numbers never produced anything worthwhile.

Story must come from the heart if it is to work, otherwise you get Cars 3 - an uninspired borefest.

Essentially, Cars 3 is a 10 minute story stretched to painfully long 110 minutes. I was shocked when I discovered that it was that long - for a CG feature with no story, those extra 10 minutes are both expensive and meaningless.


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