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Feeble retread of comic family vacation plot.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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).


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.


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.


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.


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."

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.

What's the story?

Though Bob (Robin Williams) means well, he's so caught up in efforts to "provide" for wife Jamie (Cheryl Hines) and two kids, Cassie (Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque) and Carl (Josh Hutcherson), that he's lost track of their evolving lives and interests. Hoping to bring everyone together for a trip to Hawaii, Bob is stymied by his arrogant young boss Todd (Will Arnett), and decides to drive to Colorado in an RV instead, pretending it's another sort of vacation, though really it's a way for Bob to get to a business meeting and make a crucial presentation. No surprise, "roughing it" on the road involves a series of raucous physical gags: the septic tank explosion, the angry raccoons, the downpour, the RV's gradual demolition.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of families spending time together. How does Bob forget the need for this intimacy in his desire to provide for his family financially? How do the kids learn to "appreciate" their father when he admits his mistakes? Is all the gross-out humor necessary to make the movie entertaining?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 28, 2006
DVD/Streaming release date:August 15, 2006
Cast:Cheryl Hines, JoJo Levesque, Robin Williams
Director:Barry Sonnenfeld
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:crude humor, innuendo and language.

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Kid, 12 years old December 12, 2010
LOve it perfect for teens
Parent of a 4, 8, 11, and 13 year old Written bykhwinter November 4, 2009

nice movie for kids; again not my favorite

kids love it wasn't my favorite... not inappropriate many funny jokes... good for movie nights!
Kid, 10 years old June 19, 2011


This is a really good movie but it`s inappropiate beacuse the people in the movie use bad language. PG- For some peril and language.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism