Cars 3 – Review By A Mom With A Daughter

Will my daughter like this movie?

My husband wanted to take our kids to see Cars 3 for Father’s Day, so, while I was flying back from teaching a cloth diapering class at an event in Phoenix, he bought tickets.

We went to a Sunday morning, 10:30am show with all four kids ranging in age from 4 – 14.  Four-year-old Louis snuggled up in my lap and we were treated to what may have become my new favorite movie from Disney/Pixar.

Jimmy and I have been fans of Cars since the first movie was released.  Andrew was four when the first movie came out.  We actually collected all of the original Cars characters in the tiny Matchbox cars for Andrew.  That collection was added to again when Cars 2 came out when Oscar was little.  Elsie, the feisty girl in the mix, is eight.  Our youngest, Louis, now four, is at that magical age for Cars 3 and, of course, wants the new characters from this movie.  Each of our older boys spent a season zooming those cars around on the kitchen floor when they went through the “Cars” phase.

The first two Cars movies were heavily scripted for little boys, and I was prepared for Cars 3 to be much the same.  I was pleasantly surprised, nearly to tears, when this one had some interesting inclusive twists.  Cruz Ramirez, the supporting-actress role in this film, is voiced by Cristela Alonzo.  The Cruz character even included elements of reality from Cristela’s own life. The Huffington Post described the film as having one of a surprisingly feminist message. My pony-loving daughter even asked me to buy her a Cruz Ramirez car as we left the theater.

I don’t want to dive into a deep analysis of the twists and turns in the plot because it would spoil the movie for those of you who haven’t seen it.  But, that said, as a business owner trying to raise all of my children to become self-aware leaders, I felt like this movie was a must-see and worth a blog post to that end.

Everyone, your sons and your daughters, will find something to love…

P.S. Take grandpa too.

This post was not sponsored. We paid full-price for our movie tickets.  I am not affiliated with Disney, Pixar, or any theater company.

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