Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

Download: Herbie Fully Loaded is a 2005 American Sport Comedy Movie Directed by Angela Robinson. This film is the sixth and final part of the Love Bug Film collection.

Herbie: Fully Loaded is a 2005 American sports comedy film directed by Angela Robinson from a screenplay by Thomas LennonRobert Ben GarantAlfred Gough, and Miles Millar. The film is the sixth and final installment in the Love Bug film series, following the television film The Love Bug (1997), and the first theatrical film since Herbie Goes Bananas (1980). It serves as a direct sequel to the previous films. The film stars Lindsay LohanJustin LongBreckin MeyerMatt Dillon, and Michael Keaton. It features cameos by many NASCAR drivers, including Jeff GordonJimmie JohnsonTony Stewart, and Dale Jarrett.

Herbie: Fully Loaded had its premiere at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on May 10, 2005, and was released in the United States on June 22, 2005, by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but positive reception from fans and audiences of the Bug franchise. The film was a box-office success, grossing over $144 million against a budget of $50 million.

Herbie: Fully Loaded PlotEdit

Herbie, a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is decommissioned and towed to a junkyard after losing several races. Maggie Peyton, the youngest member of the Peyton racing clan, graduates from college and is preparing to take up an internship with EPSN. Her father, Ray Peyton Sr., takes her to the junkyard to buy her a car as a graduation present, and she chooses the Bug after he wriggles free of a crane, landing on top of the car she originally selected. Herbie then takes Maggie to her mechanic friend Kevin, who agrees to take the Bug to a car show to buy parts. Herbie tricks Maggie into disguising herself in a racing suit and helmet and challenging NASCAR champion Trip Murphy to an impromptu race, which the Bug wins by a hair.

Kevin happily suggests that Maggie should race full-time, but Ray Sr. is concerned, having forbidden Maggie to race due to a street racing accident years ago. Trip becomes obsessed with Herbie and the mysterious driver and organizes a local racing competition to lure the Bug back for a rematch. Maggie and Kevin enter the event, with the Bug being given a new ‘street racer look’ and new parts. The Bug and Maggie easily defeat the other competitors and qualify for the final match with Trip, but when Trip talks Maggie into racing for pink slips, Herbie’s jealousy over Maggie’s desire to win Trip’s stock car causes him and Maggie to lose the race. Maggie is publicly embarrassed, the Bug is towed away, and both Kevin and Ray Sr. express their disappointment with Maggie over her respective actions.

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However, encouraged by her friend Charisma, Maggie decides to race professionally. She tries to buy Herbie back from Trip, but finds that Trip has entered the Bug in a demolition derby. Desperate to save Herbie from destruction, Maggie rushes to the arena, runs onto the field while the derby is in progress, and pleads with the Bug to forgive her. After saving Maggie from being crushed by a monster truck, the two manage to escape the arena and win the derby. They return to Kevin’s workshop, where the badly-damaged Bug collapses from exhaustion.

Meanwhile, the Peyton racing team may have to forfeit an upcoming NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race due to financial troubles and two crashes by the team’s driver and Maggie’s brother, Ray Peyton Jr.. 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 her and Kevin rebuild the Bug into a NASCAR racer. At the race track, Maggie and the Bug have a heart-to-heart conversation, whilst Trip ominously warns Maggie that the race will be dangerous.

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Herbie and Maggie start the race slowly, but they eventually catch up and begin passing the other cars before Maggie makes her first pit stop. Meanwhile, Ray Sr., who has been watching the race at home, decides to join the team to act as Maggie’s crew chief. Back on track, Herbie is soon boxed in by some other cars, but escapes by driving directly over Tony Stewart’s car, damaging Herbie’s oil system. Maggie makes another pit stop and the team hurriedly extracts a replacement part from the yellow New Beetle, which the Bug has been eyeing amorously throughout the film, owned by Sally, one of Team Peyton’s few remaining sponsors. The jerry-rigged oil system is fragile, and Trip is intent on preventing the Bug from winning.

With the last few laps remaining, Maggie and the Bug catch up to Trip. Trip, bent on defeating Herbie once and for all, tries to force Maggie into the track wall when she tries to pass him, but crashes himself when she slams on the brakes during his next attempt, resulting in him hitting Jeff Gordon and flipping onto his roof. The Bug passes Trip’s car, now upside down on the track, by climbing onto the catch fencing. After landing back on the track, Maggie and the Bug take the chequered flag, and Maggie becomes the next Peyton to win a NASCAR race.

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Maggie is congratulated by her father and brother, and Trip (who is believed to be ridiculous when he tries to convince others that the Bug is sentient) is driven away in an ambulance as Maggie and Kevin kiss. The film ends with Ray speaking with the Bug and Sally’s New Beetle (which is revealed to have a mind of its own as well), telling them not to stay out too long on their date as Herbie and Maggie have another race coming up.

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