Review: RV: Runaway Vacation

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Robin Williams ready for ordeal by ordure in RV
Robin Williams ready for ordeal by ordure in RV



And you thought that after being excellently sinister in Insomnia and One Hour Photo, Robin Williams had stopped making goofily sentimental comedies that stop every 20 minutes for toe-curlingly inappropriate improv from Mr W. Sadly not, as evidence there’s this woeful, slight affair in which Williams plays the family man driving his family cross country to a business convention (they think they’re going on holiday but he hasn’t told them the truth) in a recreational vee-hickle, even though they’re the sort of family who don’t do recreational vehicles, camping, communication, fun or togetherness. Cheryl Hines plays the exasperated wife and Jeff Daniels and Kristin Chenoweth are the heads of a family they meet en route – they do do recreational vehicles, camping, communication and so on, to an insufferably smug though well meaning degree. There is the occasional rather good sight gag in RV – though Mr W being covered in shit isn’t one of them – much cute bonding and a denouement so syrupy it should come in a squeezy bottle.

© Steve Morrissey 2006


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RV (2006) Adventure, Comedy, Family | 99min | 28 April 2006 (USA) 5.5
Director: Barry SonnenfeldWriter: Geoff RodkeyStars: Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Kristin ChenowethSummary: The executive Bob Munro is stressed, feeling threatened of losing his job and his lifestyle, since his abusive boss Todd Mallory hired the Stanford's geek Laird to work in their soda's company. Bob has promised his wife Jamie Munro, his teenage daughter Cassie Munro and his young son Carl Munro to spend vacations in Hawaii, but Todd demands him to prepare a presentation and attend a business meeting with the owners of a family company in a merging operation scheduled in the same period. Bob hides the truth to his family, rents a recreational vehicle and tries to convince his dysfunctional family that a road trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains would be good to bring old values back to their family. After many incidents and while in the trailers parking area, the rookie Bob is helped by the bizarre but friendly Gornicke family. They escape from the Gornickes and initiate a journey of difficulties and leaning, retrieving their forgotten family bonds. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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