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Sex & Nudity

  • Sally is identified as Lightning's "girlfriend," though the two never so much as touch bumpers.

Violence & Gore

  • Near the beginning of the movie, Lightning is involved in a massive, tumbling crash that leaves him as a crumpled, smoking pile of sheet metal (seen from a distance).
  • Old newsreel footage pictures Lightning's mentor, Doc Hudson, rolling over and over in a similar accident.
  • Several other smaller crashes occur on the track, too.
  • During a backwoods demolition derby race, cars bash and crash into each other.
  • Some are sent flying into billboards and other bits of scenery.
  • One huge bus in that race threatens to crush Lightning and Cruz into scrap metal.
  • That said, even these "intense" moments are still played with a sense of lighthearted silliness.
  • Later, we see all of those vehicles back in one piece, cheering on Lightning at a race.
  • Various car crashes at several different points, including a demolition derby.


  • Lighting quips, "Life's a beach, and then you drive," a wink at another phrase parents will recognize while little viewers probably won't.
  • His tow truck pal, Mater, says "shoot" several times.
  • We also hear the phrases "heck of a win" and "son of a gun."
  • Infrequent use of euphemisms and mild language such as "dang", "loser", "shut up", and "jerk". Also a reference to swear words, such as "Get the *honks* out of my way!!"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Lightning meets some old racers in a "car bar" of sorts where the anthropomorphized vehicles chat and sip oil.
  • While training in the woods, someone mentions that "moonshiners" used to speed through the same wooded trails.
  • A brief mention of "running moonshine" (turns out to be running/driving under the light of the moon only, no headlights), and background drinking of unspecified drinks in a saloon or pub.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Lightning McQueen has a bad crash that has been shown in the trailers.

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