An overworked Bob Munro (Robin Williams), his wife Jamie (Cheryl Hines), their 15-year-old daughter Cassie (Joanna “JoJo” Levesque) and 12-year-old son Carl (Josh Hutcherson) are in desperate need of some quality time together. After promising to take them on a family vacation in Hawaii, Bob abruptly changes plans without telling them. Instead of a week in a tropical paradise, they’re going on a road trip to Colorado in a recreational vehicle.
Dragging his wife and kids kicking and screaming into the RV, Bob’s togetherness plan (which is partly a ruse to keep him from losing his job) almost immediately hits a major speed bump. Everything that can go wrong, does. Bob’s lame attempts to navigate the unwieldy, oversized vehicle are met with silence and scorn from his resentful family. The RV life is a far cry from their comfortable life in Los Angeles, and every attempt Bob makes to get them into the spirit of the vacation threatens to tear them further apart.
This movie is laugh-out-loud funny in spots. The audience I saw it with roared with laughter several times. This is one of those films that is funnier than it looks in the trailer. I expected it to be mediocre but was pleasantly surprised. An example is when a friend of Bob’s daughter Cassie, a girl Bob doesn’t like, starts to get into the family vehicle and Bob speeds off with her barely in the car. Her leg hangs out as she tries to finish climbing in. Bob’s adventures with the RV bring the most laughter as he battles it rolling backward and when he gets stuck on the top of a large rock in the country, the laughs hit their peak.
The content area does have some ingredients which make it better for ages twelve and above. The language does not prevent it from being Dove approved, but it does have some language in it. There is also the comment about Bob’s daughter “making out” with another couple’s son. There is some “sewer” humor. Robin Williams has seldom been funnier than he is in this film. We recommend it for some family laughs. Perhaps the family will bond the same way Bob’s family does as time and situations bring them closer together.