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Herbie: Fully Loaded is a 2005 film by Walt Disney Pictures starring Lindsay Lohan alongside Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon, Breckin Meyer and Justin Long. The movie features many NASCAR drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, and more. It is the first theatrical Herbie film since Herbie Goes Bananas in 1980. It was also one of the very last movies to be released to the home video market in the VHS videotape format, which would eventually be entirely phased out and replaced with DVD.

Plot

The story revolves around recent college graduate Maggie Peyton (Lohan), a former street racer and member of the Peyton racing clan. Maggie's new sportscasting job is put on hold when she buys Herbie, a run-down Volkswagen Beetle, and revives Herbie's faded racing career.

After buying Herbie from a junkyard, Maggie learns that Herbie has a mind of his own as he takes her against her will to the garage where her friend and mechanic Kevin works. Kevin (Long) persuades Maggie to take Herbie to a car show to buy parts for Herbie, but when they arrive, Herbie tricks Maggie into disguising herself in a racing suit and helmet and challenging NASCAR champion Trip Murphy (Dillon) to an impromptu race, which Herbie wins by a hair.

This delights Kevin, who tries to talk Maggie into racing again, but worries Maggie's father Ray Peyton Sr. (Keaton), who has forbidden her from racing since she was in an accident years back. It also infuriates Murphy, who becomes obsessed with Herbie and his elusive driver. Murphy organizes a local street-racing competition to lure Herbie back for a rematch, which Maggie and Kevin enter. Herbie easily defeats the other cars and qualifies for the final match with Murphy, who talks Maggie into racing for pink slips. Jealous over Maggie's desire to win Murphy's stock car, Herbie intentionally loses the race. Maggie is publicly embarrassed, Herbie is towed away, and Ray Sr. scolds Maggie for racing without his permission.

However, encouraged by her friend Charisma, Maggie decides to race professionally. She tries to buy Herbie back from Murphy, but Murphy has entered Herbie in a demolition derby. Desperate to save Herbie from destruction, Maggie goes to the derby, runs onto the field while the derby is in progress, pleads with Herbie to help her, and wins the derby.

Meanwhile, the financially troubled Peyton racing team may have to forfeit an upcoming stock-car race because of two crashes by the team's driver, Ray Peyton Jr. (Meyer). Ray Sr. refuses to let Maggie drive for the team, but Ray Jr. decides on his own that she will take his place and sends the Team Peyton crew to help Kevin and Maggie prepare Herbie for the race. At the race track, Maggie and Herbie have a heart-to-heart conversation, and, after Murphy ominously warns Maggie that she may be in danger, the race begins.

Herbie starts the race slowly, but eventually catches up and begins passing the other cars. Meanwhile, as Maggie and Herbie make their first pit stop, Ray Sr., who has been watching the race at home, decides to join the crowd in person. On the race track, Herbie is soon boxed in by some other cars. Maggie starts to lose her confidence, but regains it when Ray Sr., now at the track, encourages her over the team radio. With the help of Herbie and her father, Maggie escapes the trap by driving directly over the car in front of her, but Herbie begins to lose oil pressure. This requires another pit stop and a new part for Herbie's oil system. The part is hurriedly extracted from the yellow New Beetle, which Herbie has been eyeing amorously throughout the film, owned by Sally, one of Team Peyton's few remaining sponsors. However, the jury-rigged oil system is fragile, and Murphy is intent on preventing Herbie from winning.

With Maggie, Herbie, and Ray Sr. now working together, Maggie and Herbie soon catch up to Murphy. Murphy pushes Herbie into the track wall when Maggie tries to pass him, but is caught off guard and crashes when she slams on the brakes. Herbie passes Murphy's car, now upside down on the track, by climbing onto the fence above the wall. After landing back on the track, Maggie and Herbie win the race. While Maggie is congratulated by her father and brother, Murphy is driven away in an ambulance, raging furiously about Herbie. The film ends with a photograph of Herbie's victory and a scene in which Ray Sr. warns Herbie and Sally's New Beetle not to stay out too long on their date.

Cast

Actor Role Notes
Lindsay Lohan Maggie Peyton Main character
Michael Keaton Ray Peyton, Sr. Maggie's dad
Matt Dillon Trip Murphy Drives the Cheetos #82
Breckin Meyer Ray Peyton, Jr. Maggie's brother
Justin Long Kevin One of Maggie's friends
Cheryl Hines Sally Ray Jr.'s sponsor representative
Jimmi Simpson Crash Slow witted sidekick of Trip Murphy
Jill Ritchie Charisma Another one of Maggie's friends
Thomas Lennon Larry Murphy Trip Murphy's brother
Jeremy Roberts Crazy Dave The owner at the junkyard
E.E. Bell Beeman
Peter Pasco Juan Hernandez
Mario Larraza Miguel Hernandez
Allen Bestwick Himself TNT Race Announcer
Benny Parsons Himself TNT Race Color Commentator/Former NASCAR driver
Jeff Gordon Himself Drives the Du Pont #24
Jimmie Johnson Himself Drives the Lowe's #48
Dale Jarrett Himself Drives the UPS #88
Tony Stewart Himself Drives the Home Depot #20
Stuart Scott Himself ESPN broadcaster


Box office

USmarker Domestic Gross: $66,023,816
+ Other International Takings: $78,110,000
Gross Worldwide Takings: $144,133,816


Awards

At the 2006 Kids' Choice Awards, Lindsay Lohan won Favorite Female Actress for her role in Herbie: Fully Loaded, and the film was also nominated for Favorite Movie, but lost to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Marketing

The movie was reported to include heavy uses of product placements. For example, Maggie Peyton was a ESPN (owned by Disney) journalist turned NASCAR driver. A huge billboard for Mid America Motorworks (an aftermarket parts supplier for classic Volkswagens and other vehicles) is seen in the background of the scene where Murphy attempts to sabotage Herbie. In addition, Volkswagen provided a Volkswagen Touareg and a Volkswagen New Beetle for use in certain scenes.

References to other Herbie films/Trivia

  • Maggie buys Herbie from the junkyard for $75. This is the same amount Jim Douglas offers Thorndyke for "cheap, honest transportation" in the original film.
  • The sign at the car show at the beginning of the movie says "El Dorado." This is the name of the final big race in the first film.
  • Herbie's race-winning move echoes the moves he made in Herbie Rides Again of going up the side of a cliff, as well as a similar move executed at the end of Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, wherein he won by overtaking his rival on the roof of the Monte Carlo F1 circuitmarker.
  • The last name "Peyton" was the first name of the director of the The Love Bug .
  • Kevin wears patches that also appeared on Wheelie's overalls in "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo".
  • The famous "Herbie music" is heard when Maggie takes Herbie driving for the first time and is remixed during the end credits.
  • Although the character never appears in the film, it is implied that Jim Douglas wrote the note that Maggie finds in the glove compartment. This is because the letter is similar to Douglas' dialogue in the The Love Bug.
  • The film was originally scheduled for release on June 24, which was the release date for Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.
  • This film contradicts one of the edicts presented in the 1997 TV movie: in 1997, when Herbie is being rebuilt, Jim Douglas insists that all of Herbie's original parts must be fixed and used, instead of replacing them with vintage parts from ordinary VW Bugs. Not to do so would cause Herbie to lose his "vital essence." In this film, Herbie is rebuilt both into a street racer and later into a NASCAR racer, with new parts, but with no loss of his personality. It could be considered that the 1997 film is not canon, and does not play a part in The Love Bug/Herbie franchise.
  • In this film, Herbie falls in love again: Previously he fell in love in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.


Soundtrack

References

  1. 'Herbie': Fully loaded with product placements


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