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Cheryl Hines, JoJo, Jeff Daniels
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||Only if you're
taking my sister.
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||Here and there.
I had two choices of movies to see when I woke up in the
morning. One was a movie that would remind me about a tough
day in history, the other movie was "RV." I was pretty much
ready to relive some tragedy but still witness heroic acts
with which to reflect on the rest of the day, but a quick
e-mail from my sister caused me to divert my plans of
reflection on acts of heroism and instead, see "RV." I only
had one question about a half hour into "RV," namely, "What
the hell am I doing listening to my sisterís movie
recommendations?" Letís get to the movie.
A Movie Review
Letís see, for "RV" we get Robin Williams as Bob. The
movie opens with a touching scene of Bob and his daughter,
bonding in a beautiful family moment. Fast-forward about ten
years and the daughter, Cassie (Joanna Levesque, a.k.a. "JoJo),
really wants nothing to do with dear old dad anymore. If
that isnít bad enough, work is rough on Bob. His boss is a
weirdo, and Bob might lose his job to some young whipper-snapper
at the company. As things happen, Bob has a family trip
planned for Hawaii, but the big boss-man needs Bob to attend
a meeting in Colorado or else lose his job. What is Bob to
do, especially since he is looking forward to spending the
time with his kids? Well, of course Bob lies to his family,
rents an RV, and takes the family on a "vacation" to
Colorado. And hilarity is supposed to ensue, especially when
they meet up with the Gornicke family, who live their lives
in their RV.
Yup, nothing like a family trip to get a family together,
but the problem is that this movie has been done before, and
done so much better, by the king of all family trip movies,
"National Lampoonís Vacation."
Look, itís not that "RV" is horrible, but it almost tries
to be "Vacation"-light. The humor isnít as edgy or risquť,
you know that in the end the family will realize that theirs
is the best family in the world, and you know that somehow,
someway, there will be a problem with the toilet (because
apparently every RV has a problematic toilet), causing poop
to fly. I think what really disappointed me was that there
seemed to be some potential for this movie, but the
film-folks didnít want to take it there. Robin Williams did
a fine job as the father just trying to connect with his
kids, but did he really think he could pull of canceling the
Hawaii trip and replacing it with an RV trip to Colorado for
a business meeting disguised as a trip to connect with the
family and not get caught? And the kids were fine as the
"Dad is a dork" kind of kids.
Alright, Iíve wasted too much time with trying to dissect
this movie, when really it doesnít need dissection. The
movie is rated PG, so most of the things stay clean, except
for, of course, the Bob trying to empty the RV toilet. Itís
1 Ĺ stars out of 5 from me, although my sister would have
probably given it 5, at least from the tone of her e-mail.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!