Volkswagen in the Movies: Fight Club
Volkswagen has been a part of movie and television culture as long as it has existed; as a prop, a character, and a way to get around.
This Volkswagen in the movies is brought to you by Fight Club. Starring Brad Pitt, Ed Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter. The VW that makes it’s appearance that Tyler smashes is a 1998 VW Beetle.
From IMDB Fight Club Beetle Trivia in the trivia section:
During rehearsals, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton found out that they both hated the new Volkswagen Beetle with a passion, and for the scene where Tyler and The Narrator are hitting cars with baseball bats, Pitt and Norton insisted that one of the cars be a Beetle. As Norton explains on the DVD commentary, he hates the car because the Beetle was one of the primary symbols of 60s youth culture and freedom. However, the youth of the 60s had become the corporate bosses of the 90s, and had repackaged the symbol of their own youth, selling it to the youth of another generation as if it didn’t mean anything. Both Norton and Pitt felt that this kind of corporate selling out was exactly what the film was railing against, hence the inclusion of the car; “It’s a perfect example of the Baby Boomer generation marketing its youth culture to us. As if our happiness is going to come by buying the symbol of their youth movement, even with the little flower holder in the plastic molding. It’s appalling to me. I hate it.” However, Pitt is quoted on the DVD commentary as saying he has since had a change of heart about the new Beetle.