Climbing aboard their mammoth recreational vehicle for a cross-country trip to the Rockies, the Munro family prepares for the adventure of a lifetime.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Barry Sonnenfeld, Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Josh Hutcherson, Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque, Will Arnett, Kristin Chenoweth, Hunter Parrish, Chloe Sonnenfeld, Alex Ferris, Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque
Information Page: https://uk.newonnetflix.info/info/70044381
Guest Reviewer: Laura Baldwin
Friday night is family movie night in our house. We usually decide on a movie mid-week and all look forward to Friday night with a bag of popcorn, pyjamas and a few disagreements on who’s sitting where etc. You know, your usual family night in. We also usually end up watching some low rated ‘family’ movie that is about animals. Middle child is obsessed with animals, particularly dogs and we all know how many movies there are out there starring talking dogs. Maybe you don’t. You are the blessed ones! Every now and again we strike gold with a movie we all actually enjoy despite having to pause the film so many times it takes twice as long to watch it!
This week, I had received a notification from Netflix that the 2006 movie “RV” was now available on Netflix. I noticed immediately that the film starred Robin Williams. SOLD! We knew it would be great. We are big Robin Williams fans. He seems to have this amazing ability to make a movie better. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he’s starred in bad movies but any movie is genuinely made better, in my opinion, just by his presence in it. His humour is so infectious it’s hard not to enjoy time in his screen presence. So sad that he is no longer in this world but what a legacy he has left us! I digress.
At the start of the movie we quickly learn that this is a typical family comedy movie with a storyline that’s been done a thousand times. Mother, Father, two teenage children who have lost all respect for said parents. Breadwinner dad Bob Monroe (Robin Williams), works all hours as a sales executive for an immoral carbonated drinks company, to provide for his wife Jamie (Cheryl Hines) and two teenage children, who are planning their annual vacation (‘holiday’ to us English folk) to Hawaii.
When dad can’t get out of an important sales pitch presentation in Colorado and is ordered to cancel his Hawaii family trip by his demanding boss, he decides to take matters into his own hands. After hiring a huge ‘RV’ (‘motor home’ to us English) in garish bright green covered in advertising, the family reluctantly trade their luxurious Hawaii trip for a family bonding adventure, at one with nature, heading for Colorado with dad’s laptop hidden in the luggage! The rest of the family are blissfully unaware that Bob has an ulterior motive for being in Colorado. The film is drenched in ‘National Lampoon’ style, cringe-worthy but reasonably funny disasters. From breakdowns to faulty waste lines to racoons, this movie has them all. The family meet another family, the Gornicke’s (Jeff Daniels and Kristin Chenoweth) and spend the majority of the trip trying to avoid bumping into them. Some younger viewers may recognise Chenoweth as the evil fairy Maleficent from Disney’s ‘Descendents’.
You can guess the moral ending I’m sure. After all, it has been done a thousand times before but all in all this was a great family movie with something for everyone and a great moral undertone for both children and parents. Highly recommend for families with pre-teen children who are looking for a feel-good, reasonably short (1hr 39m), slapstick comedy with a happy ending.
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