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My son has an obsession with cars. As not even two years old, he’ll spend hours in his play yard spinning the wheels of his little toy vehicles. I can promise you this is not an inherited interest, except for the fact that, true to his Cuban roots, he chose a few classic model cars at the drug store. How he knew to pick the vintage Chevy I’ll never know. He’s just born with it.
If your kid is like mine, or if you are just looking to rev up your family movie night, check out this shortlist of fun car movies.
Cars, Cars 2 and Cars 3
I thought I’d start with the obvious. If you’ve got young kids who are car crazy, introduce them to movies with one of Disney Pixar’s Cars franchise. Suitable for five and up and rated G, the filmmakers might overdo it on the shameless merchandising opportunities, but the characters are lovable. You can even make your own cardboard cars for a drive-in movie night with little ones.
The Love Bug
This one takes me back! Disney again but this time we’re time traveling to the late 1960s. Want to go on an adventure with a VW with a mind of its own that becomes an unlikely champion racecar? Your kids will think this one is groovy, baby (if a little dated). Rated G and good for 5+.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Let’s continue the time travel theme with yet another Disney classic. Who could resist comic genius Dick Van Dyke of Mary Poppins fame? This time he plays Caractacus Potts, a genius inventor of a magical car that can also float, fly, and much more. This one has very creative memorable imagery because it was co-written by Roald Dahl of Willy Wonka fame. The movie is rated G but beware: it’s almost 2.5 hours long, and the Child Catcher character is likely too frightening for kids under 6.
The classic 1960s anime Speed Racer got the millennial treatment. The filmmakers behind the Matrix stay in the same lane as the special effects, stylized look and action take center stage. It’s an adrenaline rush of eye candy with a plot that could have used a turbo boost. Good for 10+.
Back to the Future
I know, this one doesn’t have a car as a protagonist, but the time-traveling DeLorean is a featured character that inarguably steals the show. I would recommend this one for young teens–if you want to share a movie you enjoyed growing up (that may seem dated but in a rad way).
What is your favorite chase scene of all time? Did I miss your favorite flick with a really great car scene? Tell me in the comments section!
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