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Cars 3 | 2017 | G | - 0.2.1

Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is back but faces a new generation of competitors that he fears he will never be able to beat. Hence, he resorts to some old-school training with the help of his friends. Also with the voices of Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Larry the Cable Guy, Armie Hammer, Ray Magliozzi, Tony Shalhoub, Bonnie Hunt, Lea DeLaria, Kerry Washington and Bob Costas. Directed by Brian Fee. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - Cars talk about another car and one says, "He didn't like fast women," and another says, "She had serious eyes for him." A car watching another car sing says, "She's an angel."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A car's tire blows out during a race causing the car to slam into a wall and flip several times (we see sparks and smoke and the crumpled body of the vehicle. We see a video of a car crash and the vehicle is left motionless on a track with smoke billowing. A car tries to slam another car into a wall and the car being pushed flips over the other car and lands unharmed on the track (this happens twice with different cars and sparks fly in one scene). A car crashes into a wall and is thrown through the air in a few scenes. A car on a track spins out and other cars dodge it as they speed by.
 Many cars, trucks and busses race through a muddy track at a demolition derby; cars crash into each other and are seen damaged and twisted (they seem alright later), a school bus shoves several cars off the track, a taxi flips and lands on the roof of an RV as it speeds along the track, a car gets stuck in the mud and a bus threatens it with a spinning saw, a bus tips on its side then launches into a billboard. Two cars are trapped among many vehicles that resemble cattle in a stampede (they eventually get away unharmed). Two cars train and heavy items (large tires, an anchor) are thrown at them and they dodge out of the way. Several cars and pickup trucks speed through dark woods at night with their lights off nearly running into trees and fallen limbs. A car on a race track taps a wall with a bumper but rights itself.
 Several scenes contain cars speeding on race tracks and driving very close to each other with the sounds of revving engines. Pyrotechnics explode before a demolition derby.
 A car yells at another car in several scenes. A car tells another car, "You're history." A car teases another car about the smell in a garage where the second car has been. A car says, "Go kick those rookies in the trunk." A car says, "The beach ate men" when her tires get stuck in the sand. A car driving on the beach stops and says, "I didn't want to hit a crab." We hear that a car was told to, "Dream small or not at all." A car says of another car, "The crash broke his body and not racing broke his heart." A car tells another car to, "Get your arthritis riddled keister out there."
 A cloud of bugs are launched into the front of a car in a simulation. A car sprays another car with foam and covers it with sprinkles, and then calls him "cupcake." A car's tires blow up like balloons and a bunch of balloons pop out of its trunk as a prank. Characters tease each other during races and off the track in a few scenes. A tow truck sneezes and throws a rope off the back of the vehicle. A car spits (we do not see goo). A car spins its tires and sprays another car with mud.


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LANGUAGE 1 - Name-calling (losers, cupcake, crafty, cheap, stinky, stickers, legacy, flabby tires, school bus of death, lady racer, rookie, son of a gun, the old grump, old, slow, rickety, girl in the costume, dilapidated), exclamations (for crying out loud, darn, you gotta be kidding me, dad gum, hot stuff, life's a beach and then you drive, oh boy, shoot).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see cars in a bar-type setting decorate with motor oil advertisements and cans of motor oil with straws are shown on the ground (we don't see any cars drinking).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Race car driving, friendship, mentors, success, change, respect, legends, efficiency, advancement, psyching competitors out, retirement, fear, failure, paparazzi, motivation, being homesick, dreams, ambition, confidence, ideas, solutions, forgiveness, happiness.

MESSAGE - Even if we can't do something any longer, we can still make a contribution. Use the negative to push through to the positive. Believe in yourself.

(Note: An animated short titled "Lou" accompanies the feature and contains the following: An elementary school bully teases children on the playground and steals their toys, an unseen creature moves through a playground collecting toys left behind by children and puts them in a Lost and Found bin, two baseballs resemble eyes on a creature wrapped in a hoodie in a bin, two boys run into garbage cans and spill rubbish on a playground (they are unharmed), a creature grabs a boy's backpack and they struggle over it until the boy falls back and the contents of the pack spill on the ground, a boy and a creature fight over the contents of a backpack, a boy is wrapped with a hoodie and smacked in the head by a badminton racket, and a girl hugs a boy after he returns her toy.)

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