I agree with all of the above. I've been a Herbie fan since childhood, and I was thinking of getting the herbie dvd pack with all the films. But when I saw that this was in it, I just said forget it, I'll just buy the other 3 individually. I have nver liked this movie, and it's definitely one the series could've done without. To be honest, I would've actually been happier if the franchise ended with Monte Carlo - seemed like it could've been a potentially solid finish.
I think everyone who was involved shares equal blame for this movie's suckiness. The first goes out ot the writer - Who could have come up with a worse script than this? The comedy (or lack thereof) is bad, and not once did I laugh at any of the jokes. Also chracter development is poor, and, needless to say, the story is very weak and forgettable. Second complaint goes to the producer for ever giving this film a green light. He should have been able to judge what was a "good" story and what may have been considered a "bad", or unappealing one. The director also deserves a round of complaints for not attempting to elevate the poor script into something better for the film (unless he thought the story was ok himself, but, who knows). Finally, to the actors - what were they thinking by agreeing to star in a movie where their talents would be wasted in a bad story - just beyond me.
I think at this point Disney has learned it's lesson of not doing something like this anymore - not all recent films, but a good portion of them are getting better.
I had never seen any Herbie films before this one. I wanted to see this one because it referenced in The Mighty Boosh a bunch of times and as a huge fan of that, I wanted to see what it was all about. I figured I'd laugh hysterically since the Boosh Boys are completely funny. Boy was I wrong. I didn't like this at all. I'm glad to have seen it since now I will understand the references... I thought they were sincere when they talking about it, but I guess they were just taking the piss.
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