College Road Trip

This kids’ film is an execrable experience, essentially just another conduit for low-brow lynchpin Martin Lawrence to unfurl his routine of toothy grins and unfunny knockabout humour. He plays James, a bumbling, safety-conscious local police chief and over-protective father of two, who insists on accompanying his eldest, Melanie (‘Cosby Show’ alumnus, Raven-Symoné), on a trip to an interview at a faraway college. Oh, how we failed to laugh at the catalogue of en-route blunders.

Roger Kumble’s histrionic account of parenthood plays like a mismatched buddy movie: in true yawn-inducing fashion, she’s embarrassed by his presence while he refuses to believe she’s responsible enough to look after herself.

Will this typical parent v offspring impasse be overcome by the time they get to their destination? Have a guess. Even with a brief running time, ‘College Road Trip’ is an ordeal that even its target audience will find dispiritingly lame. Oh, and did I mention the piglet?

Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Friday August 22 2008
Duration: 83 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roger Kumble
Screenwriter: Emi Mochizuki, Carrie Evans, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Cast: Martin Lawrence
Donny Osmond
Kym E. Whitley
Vincent Pastore
Raven Symoné

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Pezzo

I love Martin Lawrece as a actor - his toothy grin is part of what makes him funny. He may not be everyones taste - but he is well funny to a lot of people. Have seen this film before, and loved it. My daughter will be watching this and I'm sure she will laugh loads - Big up Martin Lawrence - great film AGAIN.

Pezzo

I love Martin Lawrece as a actor - his toothy grin is part of what makes him funny. He may not be everyones taste - but he is well funny to a lot of people. Have seen this film before, and loved it. My daughter will be watching this and I'm sure she will laugh loads - Big up Martin Lawrence - great film AGAIN.

Leigh Marsden

This is a dreadful film that might not even make it to DVD despite some B-list cast characters from American TV kids shows. This is only slightly better than the attrociously bad "Tigers Tale" with Kim Cattral that I paid to see (I want my money back for both films!). There were some good-ish bits such as the music from ELO, the last look on Donny Osmonds face (How did you let yourself get into this?) and THE END (when it finally arrived. I might get the DVD to prop up a wonky table but wouldn't pay for it.

Leigh Marsden

This is a dreadful film that might not even make it to DVD despite some B-list cast characters from American TV kids shows. This is only slightly better than the attrociously bad "Tigers Tale" with Kim Cattral that I paid to see (I want my money back for both films!). There were some good-ish bits such as the music from ELO, the last look on Donny Osmonds face (How did you let yourself get into this?) and THE END (when it finally arrived. I might get the DVD to prop up a wonky table but wouldn't pay for it.