Maggie Peyton, the new owner of Herbie, Number 53, the free-wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own, puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor.


Angela Robinson


Thomas Lennon (screenplay), Robert Ben Garant (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Lohan ... Maggie Peyton
Michael Keaton ... Ray Peyton Sr.
Matt Dillon ... Trip Murphy
Breckin Meyer ... Ray Peyton Jr.
Justin Long ... Kevin
Cheryl Hines ... Sally
Jimmi Simpson ... Crash
Jill Ritchie ... Charisma
Thomas Lennon ... Larry Murphy
Jeremy Roberts ... Crazy Dave
E.E. Bell ... Beeman
Peter Pasco ... Juan Hernandez
Mario Larraza Mario Larraza ... Miguel Hernandez
Patrick Cranshaw ... Jimmy D.
Scoot McNairy ... Augie


Maggie Peyton is the new owner of Number 53--the free wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own; she puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor. As a third generation member of a NASCAR family, racing is in Maggie Peyton's blood, but she is forbidden from pursuing her dream by her overprotective father, Ray Peyton, Sr. When Ray Sr. offers Maggie a car as a college graduation present, he takes her to a junkyard to choose one from an assortment of very used cars. Maggie has her eye on an old Nissan, but a certain rusty, banged up '63 VW Bug seems to be clamoring for her attention. To her surprise, Maggie leaves the lot with Herbie. As she prepares to leave town for a position with ESPN News, Maggie discovers that Herbie has a mind of his own--and an alternate route for her future. Written by gavin (

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Did You Know?


Just before the start of the street race between Maggie and Trip Murphy, the camera pans in on Herbie's engine then exits thru the muffler just as the race begins. A possible nod to The Fast and the Furious (2001). See more »


When Maggie and Kevin take Herbie out for a test drive, the camera rig mounted on the front of the car can be briefly seen reflected on a store window in the background. See more »


Maggie Peyton: You don't understand. That's my car out there.
Jimmy D.: Well, now, you parked it in the wrong place.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits is a tribute to Herbie's career, with clips from all his previous movies, excluding The Wonderful World of Disney: The Love Bug (1997), leading up to where he is now in the events of the film. See more »


References SportsCenter (1979) See more »


Thunder (NASCAR Theme)
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Bring YOUNG kids to this
24 June 2005 | by flesh-6See all my reviews

I can sit through this movie once, but I doubt I could make it through a second time. Mildly entertaining mainly for the physical presence of Lindsay Lohan. The fun of Matt Dillon(think Something About Mary), and the re-emergence of a more serious acting Micheal Keaton. This is not the fun romp The Love Bug was but it is watchable. One of my main detractions from the movie was the fact that Herbie had evolved into R2D2 antics for the most part. I was bored with the headlight eyes effects about the second time of the 30 or so times they were used and the bending front fender caused the same reaction from me. Go see this with your little ones, i.e. the "single digit bracket" kids and don't expect a lot from this film.


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Release Date:

22 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Baldwin Park, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,709,221, 26 June 2005

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