Cars 2

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In director John Lasseter's winsome - and equally family-friendly - sequel to 2006's "Cars," some of the anthropomorphic vehicles of the first feature depart Route 66 for an around-the-world adventure as a veteran racecar (voice of Owen Wilson) accepts a challenge to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix across three countries. With his best friend, a hapless tow truck (voice of Larry the Cable Guy), in tow, he takes on his main rival, a cocky Italian Formula One speedster (voice of John Tuturro). A case of mistaken identity, meanwhile, sees the amigos mixed up in James-Bond-style intrigue involving an Aston Martin (voice of Michael Caine) who is the superspy of British Intelligence. Amid the sight gags and belly laughs are good lessons about family, friendship, self-esteem, environmental stewardship and acceptance of others.

Watch out for: Some of the action, however - mainly the spy scenes showcasing explosions, gunfights, and car "torture" - may be too intense for the littlest viewers.

Rated: A-I; MPAA: G

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2011