Movie Review: Cars 3

My husband and I accompanied our 3 sons (ages 11, 7 and 5 1/2 years old) to see Cars 3, and we all loved it! I was really pleased by the overall theme of the movie and the positive message it sent to the audience. The movie centers on Lightning McQueen realizing that he will be expected to retire and fighting for one last race. His new racing coach, Cruz, sparks memories of his special time spent with his mentor, Doc Hudson, and Lighting is forced to reevaluate his role as a racer and what his future may hold. This movie has some wonderful self-reliant themes and pushes the viewers to root for the underdog.


In typical Disney fashion, all age-appropriate language was used. There were quite a few jokes about being old that the parents laughed at, but nothing inappropriate or rude was said.

Scariness Factor

There is one scene where Lighting and Cruz get stuck in a monster rally race and the school bus character (pictured) is a little fierce, but the scene was actually pretty funny. There are some bright fireball scenes, so parents should use their judgement as to whether or not that would be frightening to their children.

Official Cars 3 Synopsis

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
Before the movie, we also loved Pixar’s latest short film: Lou. It’s a sweet, funny tale about childhood bullying with an uplifting ending. We love the Pixar shorts, and it’s amazing what a powerful message can be sent in such a short silent film.
Cars 3 races into theaters on Thursday, June 15 2017.

This post is brought to you by Disney Pixar, but all opinions are my own.
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About the Author

Liz Haskins
Liz is a mom of three equally active and adorable sons, aged six, eight and twelve. As a child, her family moved to Western Springs from Central Illinois, and she and her husband are thrilled to raise their own family here. She works two days a week as a medical assistant, so she tries to fill her time with the boys outside of school with activities that they can all enjoy. This winter, they’ve enjoyed swimming at a few indoor pools, and the boys love going to zoos and children’s museums. In the summer they love to do anything outdoors; they try to hit a different park every week! Their go-to for indoor days are open play spaces that have a range of activities to accommodate her children’s age differences. Outside of being a mom and working, Liz’s passions are photography, reading, and, as an extrovert, she loves meeting new people and connecting over mutual interests.

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