The kids and I watched ‘Cars’ this weekend at the bargain movie theater.

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the plot summary:

“Benjamin Stone is a young doctor driving to L.A where he was offered a new job as a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. He gets off the highway to avoid a traffic jam, but gets lost and ends up crashing into a fence in the small town of Grady. He is sentenced to 32 hrs of community service at the local hospital. All he wants is to serve the sentence and get moving, but gradually the locals become attached to the new doctor, and he falls for the pretty ambulance driver, Lou. Will he leave?”

Oh. Damn. I’m sorry. That’s the plot summary for ‘Doc Hollywood’, the 1991 Michael J. Fox film. Here’s a plot summary for ‘Cars’:

“Lightning McQueen is a rookie race car driving to California where he has a shot at winning the Piston Cup. Accidentally straying off the highway, he ends up tearing up the road in the small town of Radiator Springs. He is sentenced to community service repairing the roadway. All he wants to do is serve the sentence and get moving, but gradually the locals become attached to the flashy car, and he falls for the beautiful Sally. Will he leave?”

I mean, Jesus.

For what it’s worth, I liked ‘Cars’. The best part (aside from the incredible animation) was Paul Newman’s voice work. The worst part was Owen Wilson’s voice work.