The Volkswagen has played predominant roles in several movies, both new and old over the years. From the famous yellow Volkswagen bus in Little Miss Sunshine to the little Volkswagen Beetle in Herbie, the Volkswagen brand has made a mark on us in more ways than one, thanks to these films.
Herbie Fully Loaded – Volkswagen Beetle
Herbie wasn’t the only reboot in this film starring a young Lindsay Lohan. The Volkswagen Beetle was back in a whole new way, so what better way to show it off than to feature it in a revitalized version of the old family film series? While the old series focused on Herbie in locales such as Monte Carlo, the 2005 movie put the Beetle into overdrive as the free wheeling Herbie has more than sightseeing in his mind; he’s looking for fame and fortune in the NASCAR circuit.
Little Miss Sunshine – Volkswagen Bus
Vehicles are usually a character in and of themselves when you’re talking about the road movie genre, and when you’ve got a unique car such as the VW Bus, it’s bound to steal a few scenes. Featured prominently in the film’s advertising campaign, the Bus was just one of the trials and tribulations that the family had to overcome in order to get to a child beauty pageant in time. The vehicle matched the film’s quirkiness and quickly became synonymous with the Oscar-winning movie.
50 First Dates – Volkswagen Thing
50 First Dates tells the story of a woman with the inability to retain memories and the man that falls in love with her. The film follows the man as he basically has to recreate the same day over and over again, and that quixotic undertaking includes the time they first meet, when she finds him on the side of the road. If you aren’t too distracted by the gorgeous backdrop of Hawaii, or the chemistry between leads Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, you’ll notice, in each of these scenes, which Barrymore happens to drive a Volkswagen Thing.
Pretty in Pink – Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe
When you think about the 1980s, it’s hard not to think about Molly Ringwald. One of the biggest stars of the decade, she came to fame by landing the starring roles in the John Hughes classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. In the latter, Ringwald plays the unpopular Andie caught between two potential lovers: her longtime best friend and a rich, handsome, popular kid played by Andrew McCarthy. It may sound like a landslide victory, but this is what passed for conflict back then. Regardless, Molly’s character drove around in a cherry red Karmann Ghia coupe before it was considered a classic.
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