College Road Trip (U)
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Time Out says
Tue Aug 19 2008This 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?
Author: Derek Adams
Fri Aug 22, 2008