My Rating 4 Stars
Joanna “Jojo” Levesque
There is something about this film that cracks me up. Robin Williams makes it, of course, but he does have some help from the rest of the cast. :-) Jeff Daniels, Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth...
Bob Munro's (Robin Williams) job is at stake. He knows that. So when his boss (Will Arnett) tells him to cancel his family vacation to Hawaii and go with him to Colorado, Bob does just that. Little does Todd Mallory know how Bob Munro is going to get there.
You see, the Munro family isn't what you'd call close. Well, Bob and Jamie (Cheryl Hines) have a wonderful relationship (“...here's to true love.”) but the kids never talk to him except with insults. (Jamie says it's because he doesn't spend enough time with them... his job keeps him too busy.) So when Bob realizes that he's in trouble with his job, he is afraid that his family will write him off forever as the loser.
So, he rents an RV. A super-sized, fully equipped green monster with a huge depiction of it's owner gracing the left side. Of course, his family is shocked when he parks in front of their house. And when he'd finally convinced them that he chose an RV trip to Colorado because he felt it was good for them (and, he lied, this spur of the moment decision definitely was not about work), they weren't out of the immediate neighborhood before they managed to smash two stone structures and tear off a stop sign.
(“Do you want to go back?” asks Cassie. “We missed the neighbor's cat.”)
Little did they know that life was going to get a bit more interesting. Enter the Gornickes (Jeff Daniels; Kristin Chenoweth, Hunter Parrish, Chloe Sonnenfield, Alex Ferris)! Homeschooled rednecks that sing and sell musical car horns for a living. Just the type of people the Munros have been trying to avoid all their lives. But no matter how hard they try to avoid them, circumstances keep crossing their paths until the Munros realize what decent people... and true friends are all about.
What I Liked:
1: The story. It's different than any other I've seen.
2: The humor. 99% of it is funny.
3: The fecal matter scene. On the Bonus Features, the director mentioned that fecal matter jokes are always funny. I disagree: it takes a special director and a very good actor to pull off what happened here. It's hilarious. Maybe the best part of the movie. Lol!
4: I love it how the homeschooled kids turn out to be smarter than average... and how, in the end, the Munro kids want to be homeschooled too.
5: The relationships between Bob & Jamie and Travis & Mary Jo. It's good to watch.
6: The entire RV thing.
7: There is nothing terribly disgusting or inappropriate about this film.
8: I was glad to see Jeff Daniels again. I've seen him in several films and I can't wait to see more.
9: Robin Williams is special. He's funny, sweet, dorky...
10: I liked how the Munros found out that their problems didn't come from one person or even two people. They all had to work together at it.
What I Didn't Like:
1: There's one line that didn't help the movie... and that is when Mary Jo is explaining how she makes $60,000 a year. Bob asks, “How? By hooking?”
2: Some language.
3: Kristin Chenoweth wore some pretty revealing tops.. as did Jojo Levesque.
This film hits a lot of levels for me. I am glad I watched it.