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RV

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels, JoJo, Kristin Chenoweth, Cheryl Hines, Josh Hutcherson
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English & French)
Video: 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Studio: Sony
Features: See Review
Length: 99 Minutes
Release Date: August 15, 2006

"Whenever a big white man picks up a banjo, my cheeks tighten!"

Film ***

I do not like going on vacation in an RV, and this movie helped to remind me of that fact.  I say, if it doesn't have room service, and a nice pool, then you won't find me there.  However, I enjoyed watching the Munro family trek from California to Colorado in the big ole rolling turd so much that I almost peed my pants watching them!

 

RV stars Robin William (if there is anyone who doesn't know Robin Williams please beat yourself over the head with a wet noodle, until you Nanoo, Nanoo!) as Bob Munro.  Bob is over worked and under appreciated at his current job, but he is hoping that the family vacation to Hawaii that is just around the corner will help him to relax back into life with the wife and kids.

 

Everyone is looking forward to this trip, so when Bob's boss says he has to attend a meeting in Colorado or face losing his job, he decides to alter the families vacation plans, just a smidge!  With the promise that they will bond and become a family once again, Bob, the wife and kids head out in a rented RV on a trip to Colorado, which just happens to be where Bob's meeting will take place.

 

Along the way they encounter a lot of crap, literally!  They meet a family who's permanent address is wherever their RV takes them, and get to enjoy some extreme mountain RVing (I'll let you figure that one out for yourself!)

 

I laughed until I hurt, then I laughed some more.  I seriously gave myself a headache with this one folks, so don't forget the have the aspirin handy and a bathroom nearby because you are going to enjoy this fun filled vacation nightmare.

 

Robin Williams surprised me in this film.  I'm not sure if he was off or what, but the jokes didn't flow as fast or as well as they have in his other films.  Not that this film isn't funny, just the opposite, it is hilarious.  Robin's performance just wasn't on the same level I have come to expect from him.

 

I think what made this film funny was the side bar comments by Robin's co-stars JoJo, and Cheryl Hines.  Both actresses were extremely funny in their own way and proved they could hold their own with one of Hollywood's brightest and best.

 

Apparently Jeff Daniels is an avid RV enthusiast.  He drove his own personal RV to the set for filming.  Now that is dedication, if you ask me!

 

Kristin Chenowith is a Broadway icon, but she proves that no stage is too small or large for her perfectly petite frame. 

 

The only part of this film I had any problem with was the part where they empty the campers crapper! Make sure no one is eating when that part comes on!

 

All in all RV is a family friendly film, with a lot to offer.  I think everyone will be able to find something about this film that will entertain them!  Grab RV on DVD today before it rolls away! (This statement will make so much more sense after you have seen the movie!)

Video ****

With vivid colors, and a clean print this DVD is visually eye catching, and easy to enjoy.

The print held up nicely for the 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer.  Movies filmed within the last five years have all had the benefit of digital treatments right from the start.  Not only does this lead to cleaner transfers to DVD, but it helps to preserve the visualization of the film for future formats.

Audio ***

The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound mix for this DVD was extremely pleasant.  There were many sound effects and unlike on some other DVDs the dialogue and music bed were not overwhelmed! 

I really enjoyed the soundtrack for this film.  It was peppy and upbeat, mixing old songs with newer ones in a manner that is sure to please almost any age group.

Features ****

There are five Featurettes available in this RV's overhead storage bins!

On Set With Director Barry Sonnenfeld gives you the viewer a chance to get inside the head of one of Hollywood's most talented directors.

JoJo: The Pop Princess let's you get up close and personal with one of Pop's hottest starlets.

RV Nation: The Culture of Road Warriors gave me more than enough information on the how to's, why for's, and the overall art of tooling around the country in an RV!  (Ummm no thank you, I am a Five Star hotel kinda gal!)

The final two featurettes, Robin Williams: A Family Affair and The Scoop on Poop had me rolling!  I laughed at these two till I had tears in my eyes!  Your gonna love them!

There is a Directors commentary track with Telestrator (Side Note: I found out that Telestrator was initially invented for use during instant replays of sports games so the announcers could draw on screen while the plays were being replayed, thus allowing them to point out to the "slow eyed," fans exactly what the refs were talking about when they called foul!)

A Gag Reel, and Alternate Scenes that were cut from the movie along with RV Reveries are included for you to peruse.

Storyboard-to-Film comparisons are available for those of us who like to understand the entire movie making process a little better, and rounding out the extra's in this RV's cargo hold are subtitles in English and French.

Summary:

This RV has already left the building (the release date was back in August!) but if you haven't had a chance to take a spin around your DVD player in this camper'o'fun, then you don't know what your missing!  Gas up the DVD player and put the pedal to the metal,...or just press play, and get ready to laugh your socks off!

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