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Cars 2

A 2011 movie directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis.

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'Cars 2' 'Two Jews On Film' Celebrate Their 100th Review With Pixar's Newest (Video)

  • Jun 23, 2011

'Cars 2 is the new 3D wonder from director John Lasseter.  John and his crew at Pixar have once again proven why they are the best at what they do.

To really enjoy this film, you have to put aside any ideas that cars can't talk, can't have friends and girlfriends, can't experience human emotions and can't be killer spies.  (Something the other half of Two Jews On Film, John my husband, wasn't able to do).

Anyway, the story goes like this...Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is the snazzy, red, highly acclaimed racing car.  After winning four Piston cups, Lightning is finally back home in Radiator Springs and all he wants to do is spend time with his girlfriend Sally, (Bonnie Hunt) a super hot, baby-blue, Porsche 911 Carrera and hang with his best friend Mater (Larry The Cable Guy).

For those of you who haven't seen the first 'Cars', Mater is a rusted, dented, buck tooth, Tow Truck and owner of Tow Mater Towing and Salvage.  Mater is down home country...naive, sweet and totally unassuming.  He would do anything for Lightning...and he does.

Lightning's vacation is shortlived, when the cocky, lime green, Italian Racing Champ, Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro) challenges him to a compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix...a race created to determine the world's fastest car and one that takes place in several countries...Tokyo, Paris, the Italian Riviera and London.

Mater tags along, gets mistaken for an undercover American agent by two British spies working in the field...Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell, (Emily Mortimer). And that's when the fun really kicks into high gear. 

Former oil baron, turned electric car (Eddie Izzard) has created an organic fuel.  Unfortunately, the cars that use this fuel, are exploding.  Not a good thing.  Is there some sinister force behind all this? Well, you're just going to have to see 'Cars 2' to find out.

Besides having great action, beautiful scenery, and adrenalin charged chase sequences, Pixar's design team has come up with brilliant, innovative ideas.  They've managed the car-ification of some of Europe's most familiar landmarks...

For example...London's Big Ben is now called Big Bentley...St. Paul's Cathedral is shaped like a car's differential gear casing and the top of the Eiffel Tower, is in the shape of a 1930's European spark plug.  There are even Geisha cars in Tokyo as well as talking airplanes and ships. 

The film also has great messages for kids...the value of friendship, overcoming your fears and being comfortable in your own skin.

The actors that provide the voices for the cars, boats, and planes are absolutely wonderful. Some of the standouts are... Thomas Kretschmann, Joe Mantegna, Eddie Izzard, Jeff Garlin, Tony Shaloub, Cheech Marin, and Vanessa Redgrave as the Queen of England.

This is our 100th review and I'm so happy that I get to review a film that is more than worthy of my 5 bagel rating. 'Cars 2' opens in theaters Friday, June 24, 2011. 

By Joan Alperin Schwartz
'Cars 2' 'Two Jews On Film' Celebrate Their 100th Review With Pixar's Newest (Video) 'Cars 2' 'Two Jews On Film' Celebrate Their 100th Review With Pixar's Newest (Video) 'Cars 2' 'Two Jews On Film' Celebrate Their 100th Review With Pixar's Newest (Video) 'Cars 2' 'Two Jews On Film' Celebrate Their 100th Review With Pixar's Newest (Video)

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June 28, 2011
I've just never been able to get into these animated films much, getting old I guess. Sounds fun though :)
June 23, 2011
The first movie was actually one of my least-liked Pixar movie....my faves are "The Incredibles", Toy Story and "Ratatouielle". Not that it wasn't good, it just didn't connect with me as much as the others. Great review and congrats on number 100!! John is so awesomely observant! I actually feel that way with the first movie but I am seeing this one.
June 23, 2011
my blinker is about to be turned off.
June 23, 2011
June 25, 2011
I just saw it and reviewed this one now. While I thought that the screenplay was a little too simple and light to make it more accessible, I liked it. It was energetic, fun and funny. It was inferior to my favorites from Pixar though.
June 25, 2011
My favorite was Raitotuille (spelled wrong) and I loved UP. No one does it like Pixar.
June 25, 2011
June 25, 2011
He made a great list. I loved Incredibles...Finding Nemo...Monsters...Walle-e. All of them.
June 23, 2011
I can't wait to see this!!!!! Debating between a midnight showing tonight or a matinee tomorrow. This sounds awesome. Thanks, Two Jews! :)
June 23, 2011
can't wait to see what you think.
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review by . June 24, 2011
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Honestly, I wasn't a fan of the original “Cars”, it wasn’t bad but I thought it was the weakest Pixar production to date and so I was dumbfounded as to why Pixar would make a sequel out of it after “Toy Story 3” when “The Incredibles” (my second favorite Pixar movie next to “Ratatouille”) was just screaming for an expansion-sequel of its premise. I guess Pixar wanted to add more ‘zest’ on “Cars’” fanciful …
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review by . June 28, 2011
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The first Cars film was a surprising delight.  The first (and until now only) Pixar film that had no humans to connect with still managed to have quite a bit of its own humanity and satire.  It had funny and delightful characters that gave off a family togetherness vibe.  Radiator Springs was a place that, once the first film was over, you felt like you wanted to come back to.  If there is one film where a sequel is something somewhat questionable, it is definitely Cars.  …
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review by . July 19, 2011
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review by . June 26, 2011
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review by . June 25, 2011
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review by . July 06, 2011
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Lightning McQueen (voice by Owen Wilson), Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally (Bonnie Hunt), and the rest of the gang from Radiator Springs return to the screen in this sequel to Pixar'sCars(2006). But instead of evoking a nostalgic vision of Route 66 through the American Southwest, director John Lasseter and his artists spoof James Bond films in a fast-paced adventure that mixes espionage and road racing. After a successful season on the track, Lightning is looking forward to some rest at home, but Mater gets him involved in an elaborate three-part international race sponsored by Sir Miles Axlerod (Eddie Izzard) to promote his new synthetic auto fuel. While serving on Lightning's pit crew, Mater inadvertently gets mixed up with two British secret agent cars, Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer), who are investigating a plot to sabotage the race. Myriad complications ensue before Lightning and Mater get back to the (relative) peace of Radiator Springs. The Pixar artists clearly had a lot of fun spoofing locations in Tokyo, London, Paris, and the Italian Riviera, and creating auto versions of sumo wrestlers, kabuki actors, Queen Elizabeth II, and a doting Italian mother. The use of 3-D adds adrenaline to the racing sequences.Cars 2lacks the emotional impact ofToy Story 2,Up, and most of the other Pixar features, but that will do little to lessen its appeal to its target audience, boys who love cars, driving games, and car toys.Cars 2is ...
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Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Release Date: 24 June 2011 (USA)
Screen Writer: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
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