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Lightning McQueen and pals return for a second spin around the track

Cars 2, the sequel to one of Pixar's most popular outings doesn't have the same topnotch storytelling as many of their other other movies, but there's so much going on that it should keep little ones (the target audience here) happy.

Picking up where he left off in the original movie, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is now a global celebrity. He returns home to spend some time with his best friend Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) and his girlfriend. But his R&R is cut short when he accepts a challenge from cocky race car Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro), which leads him to a series of races in Japan, Italy, and England. Mater tags along and gets mistaken for a spy, a subplot that turns Cars 2 into a James Bond-style action movie at times.

The story may be too complex for younger children, but the lightning-fast pace, humor, and camaraderie are typical Pixar magic. --Ben Gifford

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