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.

(2006) OVERVIEW

—1. Overview
—2. Cast and Crew
—3. Photo Pages
—4. Trailers, Clips, DVDs
—5. Posters (Robin Williams)
—6. Production Notes (pdf)
—7. Spiritual Connections
—8. Presentation Downloads

Special:
Faith in Hollywood: Up Close with Kristin Chenoweth

Spiritual insights by Mike Furches

VIDEO FLASH REVIEW by david bruce

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BASIC CREDITS

elease Date: April 28, 2006
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Screenwriter:
Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Geoff Rodkey
Starring: Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Daniels, Tony Hale, Cheryl Hines, Josh Hutcherson, Jojo Levesque
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Official Website: SonyPictures.com

MPAA Rating: PG (for crude humor, innuendo and language)
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SYNOPSIS
In Columbia Pictures’ family-adventure comedy RV, 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.

At an RV camp, the Munro family is befriended by the Gornicke family — an irritatingly endearing happy-go-lucky clan of full-time RVers. The more they try to elude the Gornickes, the more their paths seem destined to cross. But adversity has a way of uniting even the most dysfunctional family members and each setback the Munros experience inadvertently helps them become a true family again.
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REVIEWS
Spiritual insights by Mike Furches

Review by
TIM SPANBURG

R.V.Tim SpanburgOh...the good ole days.

The days with dinner at 6 o'clock sharp, where kids' biggest problems consisted of which girl to ask to a dance or how to talk your teacher into no homework for the weekend. The days when moms wore pink dresses, dads played catch with their kids, and gas was like 25 cents a gallon. Compare that with today, and it seems that as cheesy as I think the 50's culture might have been, there is something missing...
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Review by
MICHAEL SMITH

R.V.Click to go to Michael's blogFun! Fun! Fun!

The fun begins when Bob tries to fool his family into an RV trip to Colorado instead of a planned dream trip to Hawaii. He can't bring himself to tell his family the real reason the Hawaii trip is cancelled. His ruse is to sneak off to a business meeting without telling his family—and they should be none the wiser. Right...
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Review by
MAURICE BROADDUS

RVClick to go to Maurice's BlogDon’t call it Robin Williams a comeback ... no, really, don’t.

R.V. is the first Robin Williams vehicle since his “dark Robin” phase (Insomnia, Death to Smoochy, and One Hour Photo) and better a continued lack of a silver screen presence than this footnote in his movie career. Robin Williams movies only come in a few flavors: dramatic (Good Will Hunting), manic (Mrs. Doubtfire)...
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Review by
PAPABEAR

RVClick to go to PapaBear's blogI LOVED IT! Not only was RV a very funny movie, but it also had a very deep message for me.

Okay, I guess I have to explain this statement. But first let me tell you one reason I loved it. It was hilariously funny. Robin Williams was at his best. His movie family complimented his wit with their own comedic talent and the Gornicke family played a great straight man for the characters played by Williams’ and his movie family. Laughter constantly filled the theater and you just couldn’t help but roar at the various situations and the one-liners... Continued

Review by
SCOTT ROCHE

RVBeing a family is hard, messy work, but it’s worth it.

As a dad with three kids of my own, I can say that I identified pretty strongly with Bob. I’ve done stupid things in the name of keeping my family from worry and I let life get in the way of being a father all too often. I think that we could all learn something from the Gorenickes about not letting soccer games, doctor’s appointments, technology, and jobs interfere and remembering why we’re together... — Continued

Review by
BRIAN DEDMON

R.V.In all honesty, I did not expect much from this movie.

I am a fan of Robin Williams and his latest work including One Hour Photo, Death to Smoochy, Insomnia, and the Final Cut. So when I saw the previews for a straight-up comedy starring Robin I was not all that intrigued. But on the contrary let me say that this movie delivered. It had me laughing time and time again. I found that I had missed the good ol’ wacky-Robin we all know and love.
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FEATURE ARTICLE

Faith in Hollywood:
Up Close with Kristin Chenoweth

04.jpg (244 K)She had a recurring role on the Emmy Award winning television show West Wing. She won a Tony Award in 1999 and was nominated again in 2004 for her performance in the Broadway musical Wicked. She has played in such Hollywood films as Bewitched (2005), The Pink Panther (2006) and Barry Sonnenfeld’s family comedy RV (2006). She has even premiered a new opera with one of the three most famous tenors in the world, Placido Domingo. Who is this star that has shined in nearly every square inch of the performing arts? And is it possible that someone with such professional credentials could also be a person whose faith is in Jesus Christ?

Born and raised in a small Bible-belt town in Oklahoma, it is easy to understand how singer / actress / yodeler Kristin Chenoweth would have strong roots in the Christian faith. But how do her values and beliefs translate to an industry of entertainment where she is becoming more and more in demand? With a resume that has been mounting over the past ten years (and people like Mel Brooks bugging her to do a new Broadway musical with him), one may wonder how she is able to do it. Quite simply, you might say it is the favor of God. Whatever your opinion, some of the things Chenoweth had to say during our interview for RV gave me insight into the person and perspective of this talented performer.

Kristin Chenoweth openly shared that she is a person of faith. She also agreed that for this reason it is very, very hard to work in this industry. She says, “The minute you say, ‘I am a Christian’ or ‘I have faith’, people are like ‘Ooh!’ scared.” But, she says, “I do have faith and I do pray, and it is part of my childhood. And I am really glad I have it because it is what has kind of sustained me.” This she qualifies, too, by asking, “But do I meet people at Starbucks and say they are going to hell? No. No, no, no.”

18.jpg (284 K)Chenoweth’s role in RV is Marie Jo Gornicke, wife of Travis Gornicke (Jeff Daniels), who are regulars at traveling around the country in their bus and staying in recreational vehicle parks with their kids. Chenoweth’s view of her character and the entire Gornicke family is that they have probably lived in a doublewide trailer for a while. But she says, “Actually, I think the Gornicke’s probably were pretty well to do before and they just gave it all up – and now they sing and cook hot dogs and stuff.” They are contrasted with the other family in this film, the Munro’s (Robin Williams and Cheryl Hines), who are consumed with money and materialism, causing a breakdown in how their functions.

The contrast between the Gornicke family and the Munro family is what provides some of the humor in this oft times slapstick comedy. Due to the good-naturedness of the Gornicke family, it almost seems as if they were supposed to be emulating an ideal Christian family. Producer Lucy Fisher talks about how she sees the Gornicke family, saying, “…We knew that we didn’t want…that family to be a parody, but we wanted them to be able to be funny. But we didn’t want them to just be dismissible because we don’t dismiss their values at all…” Producer Doug Wick dovetails off of Fisher’s comment to describe the Gornicke family, as well:

…They [the Gornicke’s] would be the person that you at first completely underestimated; were judgmental, disapproved, contemptuous. And then by the end of the story you would say, “Oh, these are really decent, good people. And these people are connected in a way that our family isn’t – and their values are different than ours. They actually are not so driven by making a buck that they cannot spend time with their family.”

It’s not certain that the parody here is of an ideal Christian family, but it is easy to see some parallels, particularly with how they are seen by other people.

While the parody is a bit ambiguous in its intention, Chenoweth, however, has an interesting line that she delivers when the Gornicke’s first meet the Munro’s. While the Munro’s are making another frantic attempt to flee the presence of the Gornicke family, Marie Jo (Chenoweth) says, “Do you want us to tell you how Jesus saved us from a twister?” The line is humorous, and comes at a moment when the Munro’s are not able to take any more from the Gornicke’s, but it indicates to us what their background and beliefs may be.

What was interesting to find out, however, is that Chenoweth actually came up with this line about the twister. She did not explain how she discussed it with Director Barry Sonnenfeld, but she did in fact compose the line herself. The line is used for comedy sake, but it seems that some of Chenoweth’s beliefs and background have seeped through into this production. Again, it is not specified as to what the background and beliefs are of the Gornicke family, but Chenoweth’s line certainly affects our perception of them.

While Chenoweth has included a hint of her spiritual background into this script, I did not get the impression that Chenoweth is out to affect all of the roles she takes in this way. In fact, some of the roles she takes are quite the opposite from her personal beliefs. For instance, she mentions her role in Running with Scissors where she plays Annette Benning’s lesbian lover. She states that taking that role was an important decision for her to make.

With that, Chenoweth confesses that she does feel pressure from the Christian community to take certain roles. She seems to be aware of it, but also not afraid. She says, “I knew that doing an FHM cover would be a certain backlash from the Christian community. But I don’t live my life in judgment, and I don’t think anyone should…That’s not what I am about at all.” After sharing that one of her best friends is gay, she continues:

And I don’t try to walk any sort of line. I guess I am…somewhat of a dichotomy because I do love to perform and act and sing – but I am a person of faith. That’s a major aspect of who I am. But I am also in this industry, and there are certain business decisions I make. Would I do Playboy? Probably not. But do I judge people who do? No.

While not everyone may fathom the workings of an industry like this, Chenoweth’s challenge as a believer in Christ to be in the world and not of it is still the same. Perhaps in some ways, it is even harder.

What is unarguable is that, as a believer, Chenoweth is acting as salt and light in this industry. Maybe the roles she takes or the lines she delivers will not express her faith directly, but because of who she is it seems inevitable that she will have a positive impact. Interestingly, my friend who watched RV with me leaned over and said, “I think that actress is a Christian,” referring to Kristin Chenoweth. Before seeing this movie, my friend knew nothing about her.

Chenoweth seems happy to have worked on the family comedy RV. Overall, it is a clean movie and has something positive to say. For Chenoweth, she says, “I love this movie because I love that my niece and nephew are going to be able to go with their mom and dad – and they are all going to be able to enjoy it. That’s what I like about it.”

Kristin Chenoweth will be seen in such upcoming movies as Running with Scissors, Stranger Than Fiction, and in the role of soul singer Dusty Springfield.





CONTINUE:
—1. Overview
—2. Cast and Crew
—3. Photo Pages
—4. Trailers, Clips, DVDs
—5. Posters (Robin Williams)
—6. Production Notes (pdf)
—7. Spiritual Connections
—8. Presentation Downloads
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