Reviews > Movies
DreamWorks Animation/AP

Turbo

Movies

Issue: "Blind exiled brave," Aug. 10, 2013

Want to know if a kids’ movie is worth its salt? Take a few children to see it and watch their behavior. If they’re engaged for 90 minutes, laugh at the jokes, gasp at the moments of terror, and come out the door chattering away about this character and that event, the movie is a success. If they squirm and fuss and find themselves in search of other entertainment in the first 35 minutes, the movie is a dud. 

Turbo, starring the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Samuel L. Jackson, and Snoop Dogg, leaves the kids squirming. 

Theo, a.k.a. Turbo, is a race car–obsessed garden snail who falls off an overpass in Van Nuys, Calif., into a nitro-powered engine and gains “super-snail” speed. While rescuing his overprotective brother, Chet (Giamatti), from a gang of carnivorous crows, Turbo gets discovered by a quirky taco salesman named Tito (Peña). Tito believes he can use Turbo’s special powers to bring business to the failing Starlight Plaza. That idea evolves and Tito ends up entering Turbo in the Indianapolis 500.

We see you’ve been enjoying the content on our exclusive member website. Ready to get unlimited access to all of WORLD’s member content?
Get your risk-free, 30-Day FREE Trial Membership right now.
(Don’t worry. It only takes a sec—and you don’t have to give us payment information right now.)

Get your risk-free, 30-Day FREE Trial Membership right now.

The bright colors and sharp animation are Turbo’s best features. What kids want is the same thing everyone ultimately wants in a movie: a good story. Despite a cute premise, Turbo (PG for mild action) is a tired rehashing of the loser with the impossible dream plot. 

 The results are exactly what you’d anticipate, but the joy of victory is dampened by the movie’s reliance on stereotypes and hackneyed humor, much of which targets an adult audience, not the kids it’s supposed to be entertaining. Thanks to the movie’s slow, slithery pace, kids ages 2-7 will have a hard time finding it entertaining at all, though older children will probably enjoy the final sequence at the Indy 500, which is undoubtedly the best part of the film. 

Stephanie Perrault
Stephanie Perrault

Comments

You must be a WORLD member to post comments.

    Keep Reading

     

    Phoning it in

    Tests via smartphone may soon challenge traditional methods

     

    Goal keeper

    Ryan Hollingshead put pro soccer on hold to pursue…

     

    Pain and gain

    Experience, including tragic experience, has made Rick Warren a different…

    Advertisement