Directed by Angela Robinson, starring Lindsay Lohan, Matt Dillon, Michael Keaton, Justin Long and Breckin Meyer.

Disney dishes up more cannibalism of its own films with another remake of 'The Love Bug', which tells the story of a sentient Volkswagen Beetle who whacks mean people with his doors.

The story of this bug has been rehashed many times since the 1968 original, with the last effort heading straight to the wilderness of video land.

The film kicks off with a montage of headlines and TV coverage from Herbie's golden years. However, the glory is now over and the little car with a mind of his own festers in Crazy Dave's Scrap and Salvage.

Rescue comes when Maggie Peyton (Lohan) ends up shopping in the scrap yard for a graduation present from her former stock-car racer Dad (Keaton).

Herbie throws some shapes (he can blink, move around on his own and make a lot of noise), and eventually Maggie notices him and reluctantly becomes his new owner.

Herbie then drives her off to old friend and mechanic Kevin (Long), who urges her to take up racing again. Dad disapproves because after her mother's death he is scared of losing her - usual Disney fare. Kevin also offers a pimp my ride service to Herbie in between lusting over Maggie.

When Herbie races the socks off Trip Murphy (Dillon), a famous NASCAR driver with a big ego, Trip gets all offended and proposes a re-race. The bug is then entered into a NASCAR event and the rest of the film motors towards a predictable conclusion.

'Herbie: Fully Loaded' is full of product placement and is too clichéd to be anything but tongue-in-cheek: the girl power parable, the dead Mother and over-protective Dad, the evil, egomaniac villain.

A knackered looking Keaton and bright-eyed Dillon are above all this and are in firm bill-paying mode. As for Lohan, her gruff, easy style and attractive screen presence carries the film along.

Younger kids will be puzzled, though, if they have spotted her lately in their sister's 'Heat' mag - she looks nothing like her current Hilton-esque scrawny self.

The girl has been working all her life from the age of three, when she had the dubious honour of being the first redhead to be signed up by the Ford modelling agency.

She showed her potential in the feisty 'Mean Girls' and 'Freaky Friday', but Lohan needs to keep away from these Disney numbers and go for roles that stretch her ability. Hopefully her next one, Robert Altman's 'A Prairie Home Companion', will offer more scope.

'Herbie: Fully Loaded' is forgettable and silly, and the little kiddies will love it. A 1970s soundtrack, and the lovely assets of Ms Lohan will keep the Dads happy. Overall it is pure frothy entertainment and has the decency not to try to be anything else.

Mary McCarthy