Herbie: Fully Loaded
After an eight-year rest, Disney jump-starts its affable Volkswagen franchise with Lindsay Lohan behind the wheel and Buddy Hackett nowhere to be seen. Lohan plays a recent college grad who discovers the famed VW bug in a junkyard and becomes a race-car celebrity due to absolutely no talent of her own (the possessed car does all the driving). Matt Dillon is on hand as a popular race-car driver who gets beaten by the bug and can’t live with himself. Michael Keaton, squinting like crazy, plays Lohan’s dad, and the career downward spiral continues. The race scenes are mildly exciting, but the movie hits a wall when it resorts to sentimental pap. That said, Lohan does a reputable job of conversing and emoting with a car. Kids probably will eat this stuff up, especially those who are into the whole NASCAR scene, but most adults will wince. B.G.