Another family vacation movie…that is just what the world needs is I bet what you are thinking. Well, I would say that you are on the right line of thought. You can see that Robin Williams is trying his darndest to make the film a funny one, but even his comedic skills cannot save this bore. Despite the fact that veteran director Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black II, Get Shorty) is at the helm the film is not right from the beginning. They sink to the depths of using the standard comedic tools (attacking animals, toilet humour, the prototypical frenzied race back before you get caught not being where you were supposed to be, etc.) to try and get some laughs and the story is so predictable that an 8-year-old could figure it out. It is a film which is aiming for the family film niche, but I don't think that this means that it has to be silly. The film is definitely a mindless time filler.
Bob Munro (Robin Williams – The Birdcage, Dead Poet's Society) is a middle aged salesman for a soft drink company who lives a hectic middle class life in Malibu with his wife, Jamie (Cheryl Hines – Along Came Polly, Herbie Fully Loaded), son, Carl (Josh Hutcherson – American Splendor, Zathura), and daughter, Cassie (JoJo Levesque – Aquamarine) . They are an extremely busy family who don't get to spend much time together so they are all looking forward to a planned vacation in Hawaii. A wrench is thrown into the plans when Bob's boss, Todd (Will Arnett – Monster-in-Law, Ice Age: The Meltdown), asks him to prepare a pitch for a merger with another soft drink company and that he must be at a meeting in Colorado during the time he had planned to be in Hawaii. Bob wants to spend time with his family but he is worried about his job as there is a new young salesman, Laird (Richard Ian Cox – Alive), who has been sniffing around for an opportunity. He decides to rent an RV and tell that family that they are going to drive to a campsite in Colorado rather than go to Hawaii. No one is happy with the changes and are definitely not looking forward to driving in the RV to Colorado. The trip starts off bumpy indeed with their driving and sewage mishaps coupled with their meeting the annoying Gornicke family, no one is having a good time, Bob included. Bob is trying to keep the true reason for the trip secret while at the same time bonding with his family, but it does not seem to be working too well.
-Barry Sonnenfeld: The Kosher Cowboy
-JoJo: The Pop Princess
-RV Nation: The Culture of Road Warriors
-Robin Williams: A Family Affair
-The Scoop on Poop
-Alternate scene: Kung-fu Master
-Previews for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Pink Panther, Are We There Yet?, and Daddy Day Care