Carpool (1996 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Arthur Hiller|
|Music by||John Debney|
|Cinematography||David M. Walsh|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$3.3 million|
Workaholic advertising executive of Bauer & Cole, Daniel Miller has an important business meeting, but finds himself having to drive the neighborhood carpool for his sons, Bucky and Andrew, and their friends, Chelsea, Kayla, and Travis, when his wife 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, the desperate 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 the kids do not really respect him and they react better to Franklin.
- David Paymer as Daniel Miller
- Tom Arnold as Franklin Laszlo
- Rhea Perlman as Martha
- Rachael Leigh Cook as Kayla
- Rod Steiger as Mr. Hammerman
- Kim Coates as Detective Erdman
- Mikey Kovar as Andrew Miller
- Micah Gardener as Bucky Miller
- Jordan Blake Warkol as Travis
- Colleen Rennison as Chelsea
- Ian Tracey as Neil
- John Trench as Jerry
- Stellina Rusich as Mrs. Miller
- David Kaye as Scott Lewis
- Obba Babatundè as Jeffery
- Edie McClurg, Kathleen Freeman, and Miriam Flynn as Voices of Franklin's mother
Carpool opened theatrically on August 23, 1996 in 1,487 venues nationwide and earned $1,628,482 in its first weekend, ranking thirteenth in the domestic box office. At the end of its run, the film had grossed $3,325,651. Based on an estimated $17 million budget, the film was a box office bomb.
The film was panned by critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 13% score based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 2.6/10. Metacritic reports a 15 out of 100 rating based on 10 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".
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