RV (film)

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RV
A green Recreational vehicle (RV) perched precariously on a mountain peak.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld
Produced byLucy Fisher
Douglas Wick
Written byGeoff Rodkey
Starring
Music byJames Newton Howard
CinematographyFred Murphy
Edited byKevin Tent
Production
company
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing[1]
Release date
  • April 28, 2006 (2006-04-28)
Running time
99 minutes
Country
LanguageEnglish
Budget$50 million[2]
Box office$87.5 million[3][2]

RV (also known as Runaway Vacation) is a 2006 family road comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick, written by Geoff Rodkey, and starring Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Joanna Levesque, Josh Hutcherson, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jeff Daniels. Bob Munro and his dysfunctional family rent an RV for a road trip from Los Angeles to the Colorado Rockies, where they ultimately have to contend with a bizarre community of campers. It was released on April 28, 2006, in North America, and 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 to reconnect with his dysfunctional family, which includes his materialistic wife Jamie (Cheryl Hines), his brash teenage daughter Cassie (Joanna Levesque), and his twelve-year-old son Carl (Josh Hutcherson), who is an adolescent weightlifter and likes hip hop. At a company picnic, Bob is embarrassed in front of his self-absorbed boss Todd Mallory (Will Arnett) by Cassie's militant friend Gretchen, who hurls a bottle of the company's drink all over Todd's face for putting unhealthy drinks in schools. Looking forward to a big family vacation in Hawaii, the Munros are forced to cancel the trip when Todd, out of spite, tells Bob that he has to attend a meeting with the Alpine Soda company in Boulder, Colorado instead, or else he will be fired. Concealing the real reason for not going to Hawaii, Bob rents a garish RV from the dodgy dealer Irv (Barry Sonnenfeld) and tells his family they are traveling to the Rockies.

On their trip, the Munros encounter many mishaps. These include him damaging the parking brake, crashing into and running over various objects, 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 children, Earl (Hunter Parrish), Billy (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, Bob and Jamie decide to ditch them; when the Gornickes reappear at another stop, the Munros believe they are stalking them. Meanwhile, Bob tries to e-mail a proposal outline from his laptop, working in restrooms; eventually, a hitchhiker steals the laptop, leaving Bob 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 persuading him to return it.

Eventually, the Munros begin to enjoy their vacation. In order to attend the Alpine merger meeting, Bob distracts his family by faking illness and sends them on a hike. The meeting with Alpine Soda is a success, and 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 RV stuck atop a jutting boulder in the middle of the trail. Bob eventually manages to dislodge the RV from the boulder by getting on the front and rocking it until it eventually wobbles and tips forward enough to slide down from atop the boulder. Now riding on the front while it is traveling at a frenzied pace, Bob barely manages to return to his family in time. While Bob is attempting a similar ruse the next day, the parking brake fails again and the RV rolls into a lake. Bob comes clean about the true purpose of the vacation, and the family becomes upset that he would treat them like that. Still needing to get to the meeting, Bob retrieves one of his family's bicycles from the lake where the RV fell and pedals off. Jamie, Cassie, and Carl are then picked up by the Gornickes, and soon realize how well they get along, when Bob appears again, climbing atop the moving RV. Bob apologizes to his family, and they, in turn, apologize to him for their selfishness and reveal that they love him more than the lifestyle his job gives them.

At another meeting, Bob starts his speech and it goes well, but then he has an epiphany and 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. Bob is then fired, but he quits anyway. Todd is arrested, and Bob 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. In addition, at the same time, the parking brake fails once again, causing the RV to roll backwards, flattening both the police car and the Alpine Soda company owner's car. As the credits roll, the two families are shown dancing to 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".

Release[edit]

The film was theatrically released in North America on April 28, 2006 by Columbia Pictures and was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on August 15, 2006 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. RV grossed $71.7 million in America and $15.8 million in other territories for a total gross of $87.5 million, against a production budget of $50 million. In its opening weekend, the film finished number one at the box office with $16.4 million.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 23% based on 122 reviews and an average rating of 4.19/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "An unoriginal and only occasionally funny family road-trip movie, RV is a mediocre effort that not even the charisma of Robin Williams can save."[4] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 33 out of 100 based on reviews from 28 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[5] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[6]

Justin Chang of Variety said "RV works up an ingratiating sweetness that partially compensates for its blunt predictability and meager laughs."[7] Roger Ebert, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, gave the film two out of four stars, saying "There is nothing I much disliked but little to really recommend."[8]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment Won
Worst Supporting Actress Kristin Chenoweth Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Josh Hutcherson Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "RV (2006)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "RV (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "R.V. (2006)". The Numbers. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "RV (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  5. ^ "RV Reviews". Metacritic.
  6. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on December 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Chang, Justin (May 1, 2006). "Family vehicle runs on gentle humor". Variety. Reed Business Information. 402 (11): 30.
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 28, 2006). "RV review". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on June 2, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2010.

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