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Screener Squad: King Car

King Car Movie Review


King Car is a surreal, political allegory from Brazil about sentient cars and Uno, the young man who can telepathically communicate with them. After he was born in the backseat of his father’s taxicab, Uno develops a psychic bond with the vehicle, who he names King Car. Years later, the Brazilian government has enacted a ban on all vehicles over 15 years old. That spells doom for King Car but Uno and his eccentric uncle Zé upgrade the old car to meet the latest environmental regulations. They also install a voice box so that King Car can speak. It turns out King Car is worried about his four wheeled brethren who are now deemed undesirables by society. With the help of Zé and a team of volunteer mechanics, King Car sets out to save all the old vehicles by updating them and giving them the power of speech and autonomy. Meanwhile, Uno’s girlfriend Amora and a team of collective farmers are trying to bioengineer plants that will absorb pollution and consume junk, including old cars. The mechanics become King Car’s lubricant drinking, breakdancing minions, Uncle Zé starts devolving into a primate, and King Car enters a sexual relationship with a performance artist in cyberpunk panties. Yeah, it’s that kind of a movie. King Car comes fully loaded with social commentary, symbolism, and themes but does the excess baggage weigh the film down? Our own manic mechanics Shak, Rae, Lewayne, and Marco look under the hood to see whether this movie is firing on all cylinders or should be towed to a junkyard.


DIRECTED BY: Renata Pinheiro

STARRING: Okado do Canal, Jules Elting, Matheus Nachtergaele, Luciano Pedro Jr., Clara Pinheiro, Tavinho Teixeira




Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)

By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.

“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”




Shakyl Lambert (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub, Highly Suspect Reviews)

Hailing from the rough and gritty streets of…a suburb just outside Toronto, Shak has thrived on becoming a walking encyclopedia of millennial pop culture. From a very early age, he gained an adoration for film, television and video games that hasn’t subsided in the years since. Now a media studies student, he has dedicated his life to gaining as much knowledge of useless trivia as his brain will allow, all while perpetually wearing earbuds like a hip-hop Baby Driver. If he isn’t gaming or trying to watch a dozen things at once, you can catch him getting overly hyped about everything from new music to wrestling on Twitter.



Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)

You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.





Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.




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