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"RV"
(2006) (Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild Mild Heavy Minor None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None *Minor Mild
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate Minor Moderate Moderate Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: Rather than go on a Hawaiian vacation as planned, a man takes his family on an impromptu cross-country RV trip so that he can attend an important business meeting.
PLOT:
Once upon a time, Bob Munro (ROBIN WILLIAMS) was close with his young daughter. But Cassie (JOANNA "JOJO" LEVESQUE) is now a typical teenager who wants little to do with him or her mom Jamie (CHERYL HINES), thus reinforcing the need for their anticipated vacation in Hawaii with Cassie's 12-year-old brother Carl (JOSH HUTCHERSON).

Unfortunately for Bob, his boss at Vibe Soda -- Todd Mallory (WILL ARNETT) -- doesn't really care, especially since they're looking at the potential acquisition of another company. Accordingly, Bob must cancel their plans and instead head to Colorado for an important pitch meeting. Knowing that won't sit well with the wife or kids, he gets the idea to rent an RV and drive from Los Angeles to Boulder. They hate the idea, but he convinces Jamie it's for quality time with their kids and she reluctantly agrees.

From the get-go, most everything that can go wrong does, including the Munros meeting the Gornicke family at an RV camp. Travis (JEFF DANIELS) and Mary Jo (KRISTIN CHENOWETH) are full-time RVers, a happy go lucky couple raising and educating their kids - Earl (HUNTER PARRISH), Moon (CHLOE SONNENFELD) and Billy (ALEX FERRIS) -- on the road. From that point on, the Munros repeatedly try to elude them, all as Bob secretly tries to get his work done at night, covertly leads the trip toward his big meeting, and must contend with one setback after another.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many younger kids will want to, as might those who are fans of anyone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For crude humor, innuendo and language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • ROBIN WILLIAMS plays a beverage company employee who's forced to cancel his family vacation for business purposes. Lying to his family, he then takes them on an RV trip from Los Angeles to Colorado and must contend with a series of setbacks and complications that threaten to expose his deception, all while dealing with the Gornicke family as well as his disappointment in his now strained relationship with his kids, particularly Cassie.
  • CHERYL HINES plays his wife who isn't happy with the change of plans and doesn't always treat him as nicely as she should.
  • JOANNA "JOJO" LEVESQUE plays their 15-year-old daughter who has the standard teenage attitude where she wants nothing to do with parents or brother and thus isn't happy to be cooped up with them in the RV.
  • JOSH HUTCHERSON plays her 12-year-old brother who doesn't have the same issues, but isn't happy when he learns of his father's real motives for their change in plans.
  • JEFF DANIELS plays a cheery, full-time RVer who repeatedly comes to Bob's aide and is disappointed but forgiving about the Munros repeatedly ditching them.
  • KRISTIN CHENOWETH plays his bubbly wife who's happy to befriend the Munro family.
  • HUNTER PARRISH plays their son who takes a liking to Cassie despite her obvious disdain for him.
  • CHLOE SONNENFELD plays his younger sister who draws the attention of Carl.
  • ALEX FERRIS plays their younger brother who has some sort of disorder where he doesn't sleep much if at all.
  • WILL ARNETT plays Bob's self-centered, mean and disrespectful boss who makes him cancel his pre-approved family vacation.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this PG-rated comedy. Profanity consists of a number of expletives (no "s" words), while colorful phrases and various bits of sexual innuendo are also uttered. Various amounts of cleavage are present, including from one buxom woman whose partially covered breasts bounce up and down as she hangs out from a bus window. Various bits of slapstick style material are present (including characters falling or being knocked about, as well as unintentional property damage). The same holds true for some potentially imitative behavior, while various moments involving crude (scatological) material occur.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, including family members toward each other, stemming from and leading to some tense family moments. A few characters drink, some brief drug-related comments are made, and it's possible a moment or two might be a tiny bit suspenseful to the youngest of viewers. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Miscellaneous people drink at some sort of reception/party.
  • After a bad work reception, Jamie asks Bob if he wants wine or a martini. He says both, adding, "With a Prozac pack." We then see the two of them with martinis.
  • Upon hearing that one of Travis and Mary Jo's kids is named Moon, Bob jokes that it's somewhat hippie-ish, adding, "Moon, rainbow, bong."
  • We see some beer bottles and beer in front of miscellaneous people in a bar.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Carl announces that he has to "take a crap" and that it's time to break in the "pooper" (in the RV). But he then complains that it's clogged, prompting both him and Bob to look down into the toilet (seen from its POV looking up at them). Bob then says in disgust, "Carl, what did you eat?" with the boy replying it's not his. They then realize they must dump the sewage (from the previous occupants) and thus head off to a camping facility to do that. Unable to figure out what hose to attach to what connection, they accept advice from others who stop by to help. They end up trying to use a Y-connector between two hoses, and we see the flow of sewage run through one hose to another, but it then runs out of the top of the Y. Soon, a large crowd has gathered to watch as they try another connection, but it starts to bulge and some raw sewage squirts out onto Bob. Then, a helper inside the RV pours water into the toilet, thus causing the connection outside to erupt like a geyser, with all of the sewage then falling back to the ground like heavy rain, covering Bob. Later, when Carl tells Cassie that their dad was covered in "turds," Cassie snidely replies that she knows the feeling.
  • A man brings Cassie some food that he says has no meat in it, but after she takes a bite, he explains it's all body organs of an animal they got that morning. Cassie then runs into the RV to vomit, but finds animal body parts hanging in the bathroom -- briefly seen). Later, Cassie sarcastically says that breakfast will consist of pig testicles and something else.
  • Needing to leave before Mary Jo arrives, Bob and his family race to take off, with Jamie dragging Carl out of the RV's bathroom with his pants around his ankles.
  • Bob states he has to use the bathroom and adds that he has an "ICBM" coming.
  • Needing to pose like he's sick, Bob blows into his arm, making farting sounds (behind a tree, but within earshot of his family). He then comments about needing to clean up (wipe himself, although his pants are up), and says don't use bark (as he holds some ferns and then acts like he has to go again -- all to get them to go on without him so that he can race off to a business meeting).
  • Jamie and the kids sing about the RV (that they call the "rolling turd") and have lines about squeezing one's buns together, etc.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Until late in the film, Cassie has a bad attitude toward her dad (in the way she talks to and treats him).
  • Carl tattles that Cassie gave their dad "the finger."
  • Seeing Jamie, Todd lecherously jokes that if his wife looked like her, he'd still be in the middle of a bad marriage.
  • Cassie's friend throws a thick beverage onto Todd.
  • Todd makes Bob cancel his pre-approved vacation to do business.
  • Rather than tell his family the truth about the reason for their change in vacation plans, Bob lies to them and then repeatedly tries to sneak off at night to get required business work done.
  • Hearing that Bob has to cancel his vacation, one of his coworkers jokingly asks if he can have Jamie after the divorce, with another man then stating he wants the second man's wife.
  • About something else, Bob says, "It's special, and not like Uncle Mike."
  • Bob jokes that the family will be all alone with Jewish people and thus will have all of the ham to themselves.
  • Wanting the seat he's in on the RV, Cassie grabs Carl and throws him to another.
  • We hear that Travis and Mary Jo's kids are home schooled, causing Cassie and others to think that's a bad thing (at one point Cassie thinks Earl is applying for vocational school when he's really applying for college at the age of 15 - we also hear that Moon skipped some grades as well).
  • When Travis says that Mary Jo makes $60,000 a year without leaving their bus, Bob jokingly asks if that's from "hooking" (being a hooker, but we then hear she's a sales rep).
  • After realizing they clash with Travis and his family, Bob and his repeatedly try to elude and/or blow them off (although they eventually apologize for behaving that way).
  • A hitchhiker takes Bob's laptop that he was briefly hiding in a public bathroom.
  • After Carl comments on Cassie being on the "south bitch diet," she shoves him.
  • When Carl (who's short) is up for playing some basketball with three older kids, they make fun of him, calling him "Frodo" (for being short).
  • Bob lies to his boss about where he is and what he's doing.
  • Todd (Bob's boss) doesn't treat him with respect.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Wanting to prove he can drive the RV (after Jamie says he's not good at it), Bob pulls around a slow-moving tractor and tries to get the RV around it as an approaching 18-wheeler bears down on them (he gets over just in the nick of time -- but this is all played for comedy rather than straight suspense).
  • During a bad rainstorm at night in the desert, Carl ends up accidentally sliding into a flash flood down a hill, followed by the rest of his family (everyone is fine when they come to a stop and all end up laughing about it).
  • Trying to shift the RV that's now bottomed out at the pinnacle of a steep hill, Bob repeatedly tries to rock it. He then climbs out and around to the front of the RV where he holds on and tries to get it to move. It eventually does and he ends up bumping his head against the windshield several times as it careens down the hill out of control, eventually crashing through the forest and sending him flying forward to the road. The RV then ends up rolling over him, but its wheels miss him (all played for action-comedy).
  • Bob bikes up to the back of Travis's bus and grabs the ladder, thus straddling the bus and bike, with the latter eventually falling away. He then climbs up the ladder, makes his way across the roof and then peeks down over the windshield. That catches Travis by surprise and he slams on the breaks, causing Bob's face to hit the windshield and then him to fall off the bus to the street.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Could you be any more of a dork?" "Jerk," "My bad," "You better bury me ass up," "Idiot," "Oh my God it's your husband," "Turd" (said many times), "The big (rolling) turd," "Make it so number one," "Macarena cool," "Gotta take a crap," "Time to break in the pooper," "Morons," "They're a couple of pliers short of a tool chest," "Hooking" (prostituting oneself), "Pig testicles," "I got an ICBM coming," "Somebody's ripe" (about body odor), "South bitch diet," "Suck on this Rocky" (said to a raccoon), "My brother home boys," "Dawgs," "What the hell are you driving?" "Shut up," "Kick this son of a bitch through the uprights," "Why don't you blow it out your big soggy rear end," "Kinko that" (for "copy that"), "Are you crazy?" "Freak," "Bit me on my seat meat," "Screw" (nonsexual) and "He's off his meds."
  • Carl tattles that Cassie gave their dad "the finger."
  • Cassie's friend throws a thick beverage onto Todd.
  • Jamie, Cassie and Carl all sing different songs at the same time while wearing headphones, thus unintentionally driving Bob crazy.
  • When Travis playfully grabs Bob's head and has him in a headlock, Bob (whose face is in Travis' armpit) jokingly says, "Somebody's ripe."
  • Bob does a bit of talking "jive" to some kids who are picking on Carl.
  • Needing to pose like he's sick, Bob blows into his arm, making farting sounds.
  • Jamie and the kids sing about the RV (that they call the "rolling turd") and have lines about squeezing one's buns together, etc.
  • Bob bikes up to the back of Travis's bus and grabs the ladder, thus straddling the bus and bike, with the latter eventually falling away. He then climbs up the ladder, makes his way across the roof and then peeks down over the windshield.
  • Commenting on Travis earlier with a banjo, Bob jokes that whenever he sees a white man pick up a banjo, his butt cheeks automatically tighten (a reference to "Deliverance").
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • There are some brief rap lyrics that we couldn't fully hear or understand, thus presenting the possibility of them potentially containing objectionable lyrics.
  • Jamie and the kids sing about the RV (that they call the "rolling turd") and have lines about squeezing one's buns together, etc.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 4 hells, 2 asses, 2 craps, 1 damn, 1 S.O.B., 4 uses of "Oh my God," 2 of "God" and 1 use of "My God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • In a flashback, Jamie tells Bob that if she can get young Carl to bed in 10 minutes, "You might still have a shot tonight" (presumably referring to sex).
  • Jamie shows some cleavage.
  • Seeing Jamie, Todd lecherously jokes that if his wife looked like her, he'd still be in the middle of a bad marriage.
  • When Jamie mistakenly complains about there being no shower in the RV, Bob says there is one and that they should go aboard and take one together.
  • Cassie shows some cleavage.
  • Mary Jo shows cleavage in various outfits, including when she's leaning out of their bus and trying to get Jamie's attention (and we see her partially covered breasts bouncing up and down).
  • When Travis says that Mary Jo makes $60,000 a year without leaving their bus, Bob jokingly asks if that's from "hooking" (being a hooker, but we then hear she's a sales rep).
  • While playing the tambourine, Mary Jo knowingly twice taps it on her clothed chest.
  • About a song, Bob says the last time he heard it he "Was buck-naked in a field with..."
  • Young Billy spots Bob sitting in a public bathroom stall working on his computer (his pants are on). The boy says, "You sure have a nice one" (with the joke supposedly being that we thing he's talking about Bob's privates).
  • We see some miscellaneous cleavage.
  • Bob tells Jamie that seeing her driving the RV "is really turning me on" (but nothing comes of that).
  • After Jamie whispers something to him, Bob tells the kids that dinner is going to be a little late, but (realizing sex won't be occurring) then says it was just a false alarm.
  • Carl reports that Cassie is making out with Earl, but Travis says he's keeping an eye on them and we don't see anything.
  • Commenting on Travis earlier with a banjo, Bob jokes that whenever he sees a white man pick up a banjo, his butt cheeks automatically tighten (a reference to "Deliverance").
  • SMOKING
  • We see some cigarette smoke wafting up by a person in a bar.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Until late in the film, Cassie has a bad attitude toward her dad (in the way she talks to and treats him) and Jamie isn't that supportive of him either.
  • Bob tells Jamie that they're running out of time with their kids (meaning before they grow up and move out).
  • Bob does a bit of talking "jive" to some kids who are picking on Carl for being short. While that works in making the boys leave, Carl is mad about his dad stepping in into his business.
  • When Jamie and the kids learn that Bob lied to them, that puts some strain on their relationships (although they eventually forgive him when they learn of his motives -- feeling the need to support them and their lifestyle).
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Family vacations.
  • Until late in the film, Cassie has a bad attitude toward her dad (in the way she talks to and treats him).
  • Bob feeling the pressure of supporting his family and their lifestyles.
  • We hear that Travis and Mary Jo's kids are home schooled, causing Cassie and others to think that's a bad thing (at one point Cassie thinks Earl is applying for vocational school when he's really applying for college at the age of 15 - we also hear that Moon skipped some grades as well).
  • Bob does a bit of talking "jive" to some kids who are picking on Carl for being short. While that works in making the boys leave, Carl is mad about his dad stepping in into his business.
  • VIOLENCE
  • All of the following is played for comedy of one sort or another.
  • Wanting the seat he's in on the RV, Cassie grabs Carl and throws him to another.
  • Trying to drive the RV, Bob drives over some trash cans, knocks over a stone column and sideswipes a stop sign. When he makes a sudden, sharp turn, plates fall out of the overhead bins and land on Cassie.
  • The RV rolls backwards over some shopping carts.
  • Travis playfully whacks Bob on the arm/shoulder, unintentionally causing him some pain.
  • While racing to drive away from Mary Jo, Bob accidentally rips the retractable awning off the RV.
  • After Carl comments on Cassie being on the "south bitch diet," she shoves him.
  • We hear sounds of violence as Bob tries to force some raccoons to leave the RV (using an umbrella that we sporadically see and then note that it's shredded -- all played for laughs).
  • During a bad rainstorm at night in the desert, Carl ends up accidentally sliding into a flash flood down a hill, followed by the rest of his family (everyone is fine when they come to a stop and all end up laughing about it).
  • While trying to keep Carl from making contact with Travis and his family, Cassie tackles him to the floor of the RV and pins him there.
  • Trying to shift the RV that's now bottomed out at the pinnacle of a steep hill, Bob repeatedly tries to rock it. He then climbs out and around to the front of the RV where he holds on and tries to get it to move. It eventually does and he ends up bumping his head against the windshield several times as it careens down the hill out of control, eventually crashing through the forest and sending him flying forward to the road. The RV then ends up rolling over him, but its wheels miss him (all played for action-comedy).
  • Bob bikes up to the back of Travis's bus and grabs the ladder, thus straddling the bus and bike, with the latter eventually falling away. He then climbs up the ladder, makes his way across the roof and then peeks down over the windshield. That catches Travis by surprise and he slams on the breaks, causing Bob's face to hit the windshield and then him to fall off the bus to the street.
  • When Todd grabs Cassie to stop her from railing against his company, Carl grabs Todd and flips him over to the ground.
  • We hear the RV crashing into various things and then see that it's flattened two cars after rolling backwards over them.



  • Reviewed April 22, 2006 / Posted April 28, 2006

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