- Accidental Innuendo: There's a scene where the purple hummer comes up for gas...the build-up is, uh, very interesting, the way she groans.
- Anvilicious: The first movie covers kids listening to their parents.
- Fridge Logic:
- In the sequel, Fender called the police, but there was no one there to answer. Instead, they had a recording that said "Leave a message.". What kind of police station doesn't have anyone to answer the phone?!
- In reality, everything Diesel had done was all sorts of illegal. She would be spending several years, if not the rest of her life, in jail for attempted and successful murder, deliberately poisoning her customers, and creating debts for her employee and customers. Why she was only arrested for driving with a revoked licence and having an expired registration is a mystery.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Fender tells Sparky that if he lived in a town without cops, he'd wish there were. This sentiment may come off as ridiculous after the NYPD's January 2015 work stoppage wound up decreasing arrests by 66% at no expense of public safety.
- Limited Animation: DO WE EVEN HAVE TO EXPLAIN?!
- Padding: The "blinded hummer" scene is about a minute longer than it needs to be.
- Rooting for the Empire: A lot of YouTube commenters wanted Diesel to win. Understandable, considering how annoying the protagonists are.
- The Scrappy:
- Sparky, our Designated Hero. He always complains about his dad trying to ruin his life and is constantly rebelling, trying to prove that he can do things on his own while failing spectacularly. He also doesn't put things together that Diesel is trying to destroy his life and potentially kill him.
- Speedy, moreso. She speaks in a loud, high-pitched voice and is very stupid, if not oblivious, to certain aspects of the film.
- Pretty much anyone that isn't Fender, Diesel, (maybe) Norbert, or Julia, the tire pump who speaks a grand total of two words in the film.
- So Bad, It's Good
- Strangled by the Red String: Zipper and Sparky's relationship. Zipper automatically develops a crush on Sparky during their first encounter and instantly wonders to himself who Dash is. He spends the second movie trying to ask her out and proposes to her in the end. The third movie gives them their own side-story about their marriage.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Zig-Zagged. Everything looks and sounds kind of better than the first. Speedy is less annoying than her original self, but she's not more likable either. However, it's worse than the original, mostly due to being longer and full of Padding.
- What an Idiot!: In the climax of the first film, Speedy doesn't realize that Diesel is trying to kill her and Sparky. She even gets mad at Sparky for trying to make her understand what's going on by saying that Diesel is "being nice to them". She's already considered a Scrappy (see above), but this just makes her character more annoying.
- What Do You Mean, "It's for Kids"?: And how. Only a little kid would fall for this movie, because they think it's Cars, and yet, the accidental innuendos and Nightmare Fuel say otherwise. Also, Diesel holds a cigarette at all times. Pretty inappropriate for a bargain-bin mockbuster.
YMMV / A Car's Life: Sparky's Big Adventure