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HERBIE: FULLY LOADED

Lindsay Lohanís career winning streak ends with Herbie, the formulaic remake of the goofy series about a Volkswagen with a mind of its own. Lohanís Maggie Peyton is the only daughter in a family of race-car drivers who need to win the big race (NASCAR!) in order to save the family business. The laughs are few and far between as Herbie and Maggie bond over street races and makeovers. Only Herbie can save the day, it seems, and only Herbie registers even the slightest bit of personality; Matt Dillon as a buffoonish rival racer and Michael Keaton as Maggieís overprotective dad are both wasted. Itís saying something that the most ridiculous thing about this movie isnít the idea of a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle competing at NASCAR but the cardboard characters that got him there. Director Angela Robinson does her best, but the paint-by-numbers script gives her almost nothing to work with. Herbie is finally out of gas.

BY BROOKE HOLGERSON

Issue Date: June 24 - 30, 2005
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