RV (film)

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RV
Rv-movieposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld
Produced byDouglas Wick
Lucy Fisher
Written byGeoff Rodkey
StarringRobin Williams
Cheryl Hines
Joanna "JoJo" Levesque
Josh Hutcherson
Jeff Daniels
Kristin Chenoweth
Music byJames Newton Howard
CinematographyFred Murphy
Editing byKevin Tent
StudioRed Wagon Productions
Intermedia Films
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • April 28, 2006 (2006-04-28)
Running time99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$55 million[1]
Box office$87.5 million[2]
 
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RV
Rv-movieposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld
Produced byDouglas Wick
Lucy Fisher
Written byGeoff Rodkey
StarringRobin Williams
Cheryl Hines
Joanna "JoJo" Levesque
Josh Hutcherson
Jeff Daniels
Kristin Chenoweth
Music byJames Newton Howard
CinematographyFred Murphy
Editing byKevin Tent
StudioRed Wagon Productions
Intermedia Films
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • April 28, 2006 (2006-04-28)
Running time99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$55 million[1]
Box office$87.5 million[2]

RV is a 2006 comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, written by Geoff Rodkey, and starring Robin Williams, Joanna "JoJo" Levesque, Cheryl Hines, Josh Hutcherson, Jeff Daniels, Kristin Chenoweth and Will Arnett. It was released on April 28, 2006 in North America. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on August 15, 2006.

Plot[edit]

Bob Munro (Robin Williams), a successful California beverage company executive, is struggling with a dysfunctional family, with his materialistic wife Jamie (Cheryl Hines), his spoiled, sharp-tongued teenage daughter Cassie (JoJo), and young son Carl (Josh Hutcherson) an adolescent weightlifter who likes Hip hop. At a company picnic, Bob is embarrassed in front of his self-absorbed boss Todd (Will Arnett) by Cassie's militant friend Gretchen, who hurls a tub of disgusting slime over Todd. Looking forward to a big family vacation in Hawaii, Bob is punished by Todd by having to present a merger proposal to the grassroots Alpine Soda company in Boulder, Colorado instead. Concealing the real reason for going to Boulder, Bob rents an RV from the dodgy dealer Irv (Barry Sonnenfeld) and tells his family they are traveling to the Rockies.

On their trip, Bob and his family encounter many mishaps. These include Bob damaging the parking brake, crashing into and running over objects such as shopping carts, flushing out a trio of raccoons with a stink bomb, and fixing a clogged sewage system. Along the way, the Munros meet another traveling family, the Gornickes, consisting of Travis (Jeff Daniels), Mary Jo (Kristin Chenoweth), and their sons and daughter, Earl (Hunter Parrish), Billy "Not Earl" (Alex Ferris), and Moon (Chloe Sonnenfeld). Earl develops a romantic interest in Cassie and Carl starts to like Moon, but thinking that the Gornickes are too strange for them, the adult Munros decide to ditch them; when the Gornickes reappear at another stop, the Munros believe they are stalking them.

Meanwhile, to disguise his business trip, Bob tries to e-mail a proposal outline from his laptop, working in restrooms; eventually, a hitchhiker steals Bob's laptop, leaving him with only a BlackBerry PDA, which he does manage to use to compose and wirelessly send his proposal to his company. The Gornickes then recover the stolen laptop after picking up the same hitchhiker, and pursue the Munros to return it.

Eventually the entire family begins to enjoy their vacation. In order to attend the merger meeting, though, Bob distracts his family by feigning illness and sends them on a hike. The meeting with Alpine Soda is a success, but Bob is invited to talk to the whole company again the next day. Rushing back to his family in the RV, Bob takes a treacherous 4 wheel drive trail, and gets the huge vehicle stuck atop a jutting boulder in the middle of the trail. (This is the scene represented in the movie's fanciful poster-photo, although the boulder is only a few feet high, not the lofty pinnacle shown in the poster). Bob eventually manages to dislodge the RV from the boulder by getting on the front of the RV and rocking it until it eventually wobbles and tips forward enough to slide down from atop the stone. Now riding on the front of the RV while it is traveling at a frenzied pace, Bob barely manages to return to his family in time, succeeding in fooling them, but while he is attempting a similar ruse the next day, the RV brakes fail again and it rolls into a lake. Bob lets it slip about the real intentions of the Colorado vacation, and his family is upset that he would use them like that. Still needing to get to the meeting, a desperate Bob retrieves one of his family's bicycles from the lake and pedals off. Jamie, Carl, and Cassie are then picked up by the Gornickes, and soon realize how well they get along, when Bob appears again, climbing atop the moving bus. After apologizing to his family, Bob is just about to blow off the meeting when it turns out he's right outside the headquarters.

At the second meeting, Bob starts his speech and it goes well, but then – Bob has an epiphany, and so he recommends against the merger, realizing that Todd's selfishness would destroy a great independent company. Carl gets angry at Todd and flips him over his shoulder, onto the ground. Moon, finally coming to terms with her passionate love for Carl exclaims "My Hero!" with gusto. Bob is then fired but he quits anyway, and soon retrieves the sodden-but-still-operable RV from the lake. At the end, Bob is offered a job by the owners of Alpine Soda, who want to go national independently. And at the same time the parking brake fails on the RV causing it to roll backwards flattening both the police car and the owners of Alpine Soda's car. As the credits roll, the two families are shown dancing and singing the song, "Route 66" (RV Style).

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film began principal photography in the Vancouver area and southern Alberta on May 25, 2005 and finished filming in December 2005.

Soundtrack[edit]

The score was written by James Newton Howard and featured several members of the Lyle Lovett Band: Matt Rollings (keyboards), Russ Kunkel (drums), Ray Herndon (guitar), Viktor Krauss (bass), and Buck Reid (pedal steel). Alvin Chea, vocalist from Take 6, provided solo vocals. Additional music was provided by Stuart Michael Thomas and Blake Neely.

Several songs were featured prominently in the film including: "GTO", "Route 66", "Cherry Bomb", and "Stand By Your Man".

Reception[edit]

RV grossed $87,528,173 worldwide.[3]

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Based on 121 reviews from critics collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 23% gave RV a positive review.[4] Justin Chang of Variety said "RV works up an ingratiating sweetness that partially compensates for its blunt predictability and meager laughs."[5] Roger Ebert, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, said "There is nothing I much disliked but little to really recommend."[6]

RV won a Golden Raspberry Award for a special category called "Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment", while Kristin Chenoweth was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress.[7]

AwardCategoryNomineeResult
Golden Raspberry AwardWorst Excuse for Family EntertainmentWon
Worst Supporting ActressKristin ChenowethNominated
Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorJosh HutchersonNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "R.V.". 
  2. ^ "R.V.". 
  3. ^ "RV (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "RV (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Chang, Justin (May 1, 2006). "Family vehicle runs on gentle humor". Variety (Reed Business Information) (402.11): 30. 
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 28, 2006). "RV review". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on July 11, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "27th Annual Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Award "Winners"". Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. 2007. Archived from the original on July 11, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 

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