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Robin Williams - You may know of Robin from films such as Toys, Big, Jack, Mrs Doubtfire and various other popular movie titles.
Cheryl Hines - Cheryl is also in The Ugly Truth and TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm
Joanna Levesque -You may know Joanna as american singer 'Jojo' who sung chart hits 'Leave (Get Out)', 'Too Little Too Late' and 'Baby It's You'.
Josh Hutcherson - You might remember Josh as one of the main characters in box office hit 'The Hunger Games' a slightly younger more innocent looking Josh was also featured in family film 'Bridge To Terabithia'.
Bob Munro (Robin Williams) - Bob is an hardworking man who prides himself in being able to look after their family and pay for their needs. Bob is hoping for a job promotion.
Jamie Munro (Cheryl Hines) - Jamie is a stay at home mum who takes care of anything to do with the home and taxiing the children around.
Cassie Munro (Joanna Levesque) - Cassie is a typical teenager, engrossed in her own little world of listening to music and talking to her friends online.
Carl - Munro (Josh Hutcherson) - Carl is a lot smaller than most kids his age so tries to make up for it by lifting weights and wearing baggy clothes.
About the film
RV is a family movie about a family who end up going on an RV family holiday together instead of their already planned luxury trip to Hawaii. The family board a rented RV of which they name 'The Rolling Turd' and head out on their way to Colorado. What they don't know is that the reason why they are going on the RV holiday instead of the luxury trip to Hawaii, is Bob Munro is in in Gdanger of losing his job and must do everything he can to try and keep it, including sneaking off to meetings mid-holiday.
RV is a great movie to watch with the whole family. With words such as 'Turd' it might not be suitable for very young children so might be worth having the parents watch it first to make sure that it is ok for their children's age range (it's enjoyable even for adults honest). There's lots of funny/entertaining scenes all the way through which will keep you giggling for days.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Writer: Geoff Rodkey
Released in the UK: 9th June, 2006
Robin Williams as Bob Munro
Cheryl Hines as Jamie Munro
Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque as Cassie Munro
Josh Hutcherson as Carl Munro
Bob Munro desperately wants to impress his boss so he can get a much-needed promotion, however, his ambitions get in the way of his relationship with his wife and children.
When Bob gets caught up in a project at work, a project he just can't say no to, the dream vacation he promised his wife and children takes a backseat to his work. Cancelling the family's dream vacation by the sea, he rents an RV and lies to his wife... telling her that the children are growing up too quickly and that the road trip will bring them all closer together.
Obviously, the family are not aware that Bob is steering the RV towards an important meeting with a potential client...
One adventure leads to another along the way, add to that a chance encounter with an obnoxious family of over-achieving RV'ers who are just too cheerful to be real, and there you have a very simple, somewhat entertaining movie.
To give him credit where it is due, Robin Williams does manage to get a laugh or two in this movie, but honestly, it's not his best. Perhaps I've outgrown his style of comedy, or his style has become too common... I'm not certain, but although this movie is entertaining and did make me laugh, I wouldn't watch it a second time. Once is more than enough.
Do you judge people on appearances? If you do then maybe this is a movie that you should watch.
Robin William stars as a quite typical American business man - too busy to spend much time with his family. His holiday is no exception when he cancels the families dream vacation becuase of a business trip. He doesn't want to admit that to them so he makes a story of wanting to go an RV trip across the US (strangely they will be headed to the same city as his business trip)
On the way they meet another sterotype- the trailer-park people. And they judge them harshly - something I think we have all done at one time or another!
I won't give it all away but the story line is pretty simple and you can all probably guess what will happen next.
Simple, tired story - but not all that bad all the same. Worth it if you have kids.
This review is published under the same name at ciao
God what has happened to Robin Williams. I remember seeing him in films like Good Morning Vietnam and thinking, "Wow, this guy is still funny and yet he can act too. He's really good." Cut to the present and he is appearing in films like... Well RV for one. IN this movie, Robin Williams takes his family on a road trip, passing it off as a holiday when it is in actual fact the destination of a work presentation he has to make in order to secure a promotion (basically due to an earlier mishap in the movie his choices are promotion or being fired... hmmm not really sure that happens in real life but I guess I, too, would go with promotion). Hilarious mishaps ensue (like emailing from public toilets so his family don't know he's working to faking sickness to get them away for him to do his job)... well I say hilarious... but sadly it isn't. The movie manages to be a strange one in the respect that I wouldn't say I hated it but instead it left me feeling indifferent. I would loved to have had some sort of emotion towards the movie. And I also think that has become my attitude towards the previously wonderful Mr Williams.
Everything that happens to this family, they deserve. The whole fact that they learnt a lesson is supposed to be a resolution at the end of the film. You have a man who is too wimpy to tell his boss he won't write a report when he's supposed to be going on holiday. Employment laws are on his side, he is allowed holiday. His boss can't threaten his job the way he does, so that conflict would never arise.
He hires an RV and is given no instruction as to it's various functions and has not been asked if he has ever driven anything like it? That I find unlikely! Their trip to his business meeting is of course plagued with problems, all of which they fully deserve.
Even the way they treat the other campers who try to be friendly with them is excessive. Robin Williams is supposed to be the main comedy name carrying this film but none of the situations he is put in are very funny at all.
The seatbelt gag is stupid. There are tribes in the amazon who have never seen cars that would have worked out a seatbelt faster. The fact they insult us by trying the same gag twice? He deserves to lose his laptop and is an idiot.
He clearly should have said no to his boss when he asked him to do this report and just gone to Hawaii and saved us the trouble of this terrible and contrived movie.
Have you ever watched one of the early National Lampoons Family Vacation films? I basically mean the first one, or their trip to Europe (the rest were pretty bad). They laid claim to the family-in-hell-together genre and hold it steadfast to this day. Well along came an executive who thought, Why not make another one? Turns out that all the cast are old and Chevy Chase has been official labelled as unfunny. This did not dampen our friends quest as he sought to create a National Lampoons vacation for the new millennium, RV.
Bob Munro (Robin Williams) is a hard working father of two who feels increasing alienation from his family and hates his job. With their bags packed, they are all off on holiday to Hawaii when Bob is forced by his mean boss to attend a sales pitch in the Rockies. Rather than tell his family that he has to work Bob hires a giant trailer van (or RV) and sets off with them on a week long road trip. Along the way they meet an eccentric family with Travis (Jeff Bridges) at the head. Will this cynical city-based family ever be able to get along with the locals, or each other?
The premise of the film is similar to many other road movies and just acts as a way of getting the characters from one entertaining set piece to another. This film works well, not because it is laugh out loud funny, but because you feel for Bob and the trials he is put through. Williams is at his comedic best here as he is funny, but not over the top. Bob is a man weighed down with far too many responsibilities and he spends a lot of the time trying to solve problems without upsetting his family. I can identify with this, as people often wear themselves out with worry when sharing the burden would have been much easier than they thought. I think that the lonely and downtrodden aspect of Williams character may have come about from the return of his drinking problem during the production. He adds pathos to the film that it should have lacked. Although as an actor and comedian he is not to everyones taste I hope that he is able to overcome his issues as his films are generally entertaining and he makes RV better than just average.
The rest of the family Jamie (Cheryl Hines Curb Your Enthusiasm), Cassis (Joanna Levesque) and Carl (Josh Hutcherson) are also excellent and the interaction between them is amongst the most realistic that I have seen in the cinema. RV is different enough from the National Lampoon films because the family feel very modern. Each one is cocooned in their own interactive world only talking to another family member when absolutely necessary. As an added bonus for Arrested Development fans, two actors from the show turn up in roles Will Arnett and Tony Hale.
The direction of the film is of a good standard and this is seen in the moments that require the set piece to work such as when a pipe containing sewage bursts or the breaks go on the RV. I would expect this from a director of the calibre of Barry Sonnenfeld who has directed monster hits such as Men in Black as well as interesting drama/comedies (Get Shorty). It is unfortunate that this film went under the radar as although it is not the greatest film, and it does not add anything to the genre, it is great fun. A lot of credit must go to the script that makes a realistic family appear in situations that could occur. You are able to identify with many aspects of the film without it feeling too preachy or sweet.
Some critics have suggested that the pace of the film is too slow but I think it is what gives it charm. Modern comedies hurtle along at 100mph throwing joke after joke at you hoping that at least some will work. RV is a more sedate experience which gives it a Sunday afternoon feel the kind of film you see on TV one day and think, Ill watch that.
This film is a PG so the film feels very family orientated and light. There are no real gross out elements to the film and the comedy has a far lighter edge than a 12A would have. I for one see this as an advantage because far too many films that I watch have to be mean spirited just to feel accepted. RV was a feel good film that was not taxing on the brain the kind of film that you should experience once in a while.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Robin Williams
Price: Amazon uk £9.49
CD Wow £13.99
The extras on this DVD are a very mixed bag at best. The blooper reel is one of those that makes you hate successful actors as it seems they spend there days having far too much fun but there are some funny outtakes of Robin Williams. The behind the scenes and featurettes are advertising and the alternative scene adds nothing to the film. Finally there is an odd commentary from the director that is in text!
The long tradition of family vacation comedies continues in RV, with Robin Williams doing his best to keep things amusing. He succeeds, for the most part, by downplaying his manic persona and settling comfortably into his role as well-meaning husband and father Bob Munro. Determined to combine work and pleasure, Bob rents the titular motor home to drive his wife (Cheryl Hines), teenage daughter (Joanna "JoJo" Levesque) and pre-teen son (Josh Hutcherson) on a scenic vacation in the Colorado Rockies while secretly preparing his presentation for a high-stakes corporate merger. Their dysfunctional road trip leads to repeated encounters with the all-too-happy Gornicke family (led by Jeff Daniels and Kristin Chenoweth), who only appear to be stupid rednecks, when in fact they represent the familial togetherness that Bob is striving to regain. As directed by comedy veteran Barry Sonnenfeld (whose image as "Irv" the RV rental king is plastered across the side of the Munro's RV), these warm-and-fuzzy sentiments are strictly by-the-numbers, along with plenty of jokes about raw sewage, scavenging raccoons, and RVs run amuck. There aren't any real highlights, and the outcome is utterly predictable, but RV delivers enough comedy to qualify as an enjoyable diversion. Those who remember Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Vincente Minnell's 1954 hit The Long, Long Trailer may find RV similarly entertaining. --Jeff Shannon