Carpool (film)

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Carpool 1996.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Produced by Arnon Milchan
Michael G. Nathanson
Written by Mark Christopher
Don Rhymer
Starring David Paymer
Tom Arnold
Rhea Perlman
Rachael Leigh Cook
Rod Steiger
Music by John Debney
Cinematography David M. Walsh
Edited by M. James Langlois
William H. Reynolds
Regency Enterprises
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • August 23, 1996 (1996-08-23)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million
Box office $3,325,651

Carpool is a 1996 comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller and starring David Paymer and Tom Arnold.


Workaholic advertising executive of Bauer & Cole, Daniel Miller (David Paymer), has an important business meeting, but finds himself having to drive the neighborhood carpool for his sons, Bucky Miller (Micah Gardener) and Andrew Miller (Mikey Kovar), and their friends, Chelsea (Colleen Rennison), Kayla (Rachael Leigh Cook), and Travis (Jordan Blake Warkol), when his wife, Mrs. Miller (Stellina Rusich), gets sick. Stopping to get Danish for the kids at Hammerman's Gourmet To Go grocery store, things go even more awry when he finds himself a victim of a robbery. The situation worsens as Franklin Laszlo (Tom Arnold), a desperate carnival owner of Laszlo Bros. Carnival who had been contemplating a bank robbery of Puget Savings and Loan, robs the robbers and takes Daniel and the kids hostage in their Toyota Previa van as his truck is blocked by an armored car. A comedic car chase ensues through Seattle. Daniel discovers his kids and their friends do not really respect him and they react better to Franklin.



The film received poor reviews, with many critics panning its poor plot and acting, with a Metacritic rating at 15/100[1] and Rotten Tomatoes giving the film a 13% rating based on 23 reviews.[2] Carpool was also a commercial bomb, having failed to recoup the budget of $17 million.

Tom Arnold tied with Pauly Shore for a 1996 Razzie Award in part for his role in Carpool as well as for Big Bully and The Stupids.


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