A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dad lies to his family regarding his work during the vacation; kids talk back to dad; tedious fart and poop jokes (especially concerning the RV's sewage).
Violence & Scariness
Comic hijinks include the RV crashing, skidding, and banging into trees, stop signs, and mailboxes; Dad loses control of RV and lands on the windshield, whereupon he's slammed to the ground when it stops suddenly; girl throws a soda in a man's face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Marie Jo wears tight outfits and shows much cleavage; frequent verbal allusions to sex (for example, "might have a shot tonight"); reference to "testicle" as a breakfast food.
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Immature language and gesture: daughter gives her father the finger behind his back; repeated references to the RV as a "turd," as well as "bitch," and a reference to "Jewish people" in Hawaii.
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Products & Purchases
Visible or referenced products include Vaio laptop; Blackberry; iPods; son eats junk food frequently, including Lays chips and Ruffles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Parents drink martinis; reference to a bong; the mom shows son she can tie a cherry stem into a knot with her tongue, by way of demonstrating that if he studies hard, he can go " a good party school."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film is premised on a tedious sitcommish conceit: A father lies to his family about the reason for their vacation. The predictable road trip hijinks include problems with the RV's septic system (sewage exploding all over Robin Williams), sulky children, RV crashes and bad roads, mud and rain, wild raccoons, hip-hop bullies, and fellow travelers ridiculed for seeming "hick." These travelers include a mother who shows lots of skin and frequent cleavage. Children behave badly toward adults, adults behave badly toward children. Language includes sexual references; violence is comprised mainly of comic antics and pratfalls. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unoriginal and unfunny, Barry Sonnenfeld's RV puts yet another dysfunctional family though the paces of yet another summer vacation. Not only does the movie abuse its characters, it condescends to its viewers, presuming a lowest-denominator sense of humor. Sonnenfeld made Men In Black and Get Shorty: You know he can do better.
Bob and his family have numerous lessons to learn, including charity, responsibility, and honesty. They misjudge and deride a yahoo-seeming family, stereotypes that only amplify Bob's self-centeredness, which really doesn't need amplifying. We get it. He'll learn to be a better dad if only he can hit rock bottom. In this case, that involves being dragged and thrown by the runaway RV, chasing the RV into a lake, and riding his specially designed bike over mountain trails to the presentation, so he arrives muddied and ragged.
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