Opening 29 Jun 2006
Barry Sonnenfeld directs Robin Williams and Jeff Daniels as leads in this comedy caper, well supported by Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Hutcherson and Tony Award winner/singer Joanna “Jojo” Levesque. Screenplay by Geoff Rodkey.
The rather dysfunctional Munro family have planned a trip to Hawaii in the hope that a joint vacation might bring them closer together again; however, all of a sudden, father Bob's (Williams) job is on the line and he has to change the plan. When the rest of the family discover they're not off to beaches, surf and sun but to Colorado in a camper, they are far from happy. Disaster strikes from the instant they pull out of the driveway, and matters are further aggravated as they continuously cross paths with the picture perfect, country singing, happy camper family, the Gornickes. Travis (Daniels) and his enthusiastic wife Mary Jo (Chenoweth), along with their three children, are delighted to meet the Munros and to be of assistance in their times of woe, which are not few. The Munros consider the Gornickes a bunch of freaks and use every means and ruse to avoid them; unexpectedly, the cat and mouse game starts pulling the dysfunctional family together again.
To my surprise, R.V. did not topple over into the irritatingly stupid category. The storyline is predictable enough, yet I actually found it entertaining and quite charming. The performances were confident all round with a convincing energy happening between the various players. (Osanna Vaughn)