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Turbo: Perfect for the Family

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Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Pena, Maya Rudolph

Running Time: 96 minutes

Rated PG

5/5 stars

Never has a movie ever made me fall in love with a snail, but within minutes of watching Turbo, I was already caring for Theo, a.k.a. Turbo. All this little snail, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, wants to do is be fast—something that a snail is obviously not known for. As he goes about his day harvesting tomatoes with the other snails, he is relentlessly made fun of for his outlandish dream of winning the Indy 500. Even his brother, Chet, voiced by Paul Giamatti, wishes he would stop and just be a snail. But when Turbo runs away from home and happens upon a drag race, he is sucked into the car’s motor and his DNA is changed when nitrus oxide floods the engine. The ordinary snail is then turned into the fastest snail the world has ever seen.

Tito, a co-owner of a taco food truck at a dying strip mall, discovers Turbo and uses him to enter in the Indy 500 to help save Starlight Plaza and its business owners. Turbo is basically the snail version of Cars in that Turbo is the only chance of the Starlight Plaza’s survival, much like Lightning McQueen was to Radiator Springs.

With Turbo’s speed, headlight eyes, and beeping shell (he’s basically turned into a car), your children will be entranced. Turbo is one of the most heartwarming animated movies that I have ever seen—especially involving snails. Scratch that, it’s the only heartwarming movie I’ve ever seen involving a snail. Your kids will laugh out loud (as will you!) as you watch Turbo’s antics—and crows snatch some poor snails. To top it off, Turbo has a great moral to take from it—

“No dream is too big and no dreamer too small.”

            My only objection to the movie? That you never get to see Ryan Reynolds’ face. (Am I right, ladies?)

Riley McDaniel is an aspiring writer with a love for children, writing, music, and movies. She has her BFA degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and hopes to use her work to instill a love of reading and writing in others. Though she has a passion for writing, her passion for chocolate is almost just as strong.