College Road Trip

College Road Trip

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Director: Roger Kumble

Cast: Martin Lawrence, Raven Symone, Donny Osmond

     
 

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A high-school student (Raven Symone) with noble dreams of becoming a public defender sets out to visit potential universities in the unwanted company of her father (Martin Lawrence) -- an overprotective cop -- in this road trip comedy produced by Andrew Gunn and directed by RogerSee more details below

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A high-school student (Raven Symone) with noble dreams of becoming a public defender sets out to visit potential universities in the unwanted company of her father (Martin Lawrence) -- an overprotective cop -- in this road trip comedy produced by Andrew Gunn and directed by Roger Kumble. Melanie (Symone) is about to graduate high school, and she's ready to take her first step toward adulthood by hitting the road to explore her college prospects with a few close female friends. But despite the fact that this trip is strictly "girls only," Melanie's father isn't comfortable with the prospect of his little princess hitting the road without an adult chaperone -- and what better guardian to have while you're out on the open road than the chief of police himself? Of course, while Melanie's father only has the best of intentions, his presence on a trip that was designed to mark his little girl's emergence as a young adult leads to an endless series of comic complications.

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By pooling the ticket-buying potential of their large fan bases, Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symoné ended up turning Disney's College Road Trip into a minor hit at the box office. There's some nice father-daughter stuff to savor in this comedy about a college-bound teen's need to assert her independence, and her overprotective father's desire to keep her close to home. You never quite buy Lawrence as the police chief of their small Illinois town, if only because his occasional reliance on broad, tried-and-true schtick leaves him seeming better suited to the role of a goofy deputy than the man in charge. But Lawrence actually shows uncommon sensitivity more often in this film than he cajoles us into laughing, a tribute to the delicate hand of a director not usually known for that: Roger Kumble, who helmed such over-the-top cringe-fests as Just Friends and The Sweetest Thing. Not that there aren't over-the-top moments in College Road Trip, such as when the family's pet pig runs loose during a wedding reception, toppling tents and wedding cakes. This scene is dispiriting because the bride is heavyset, brutish, and spoiled -- she's supposed to remind us of that pig. As with Lawrence's moments of hamming it up, though, Kumble's mean streak only shows up in small doses. A more representative example of this film's tone is when Raven sings a lively karaoke version of Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch Bus" on a bus full of Japanese tourists. (As long as you don't mind the stereotype that Japanese people love karaoke.) Raven's quite appealing in this role, and has good comic chemistry with Lawrence. A supporting appearance from Donny Osmond as a show tunes-loving dad helps keep this road trip light and giddy. It's not Shakespeare, but College Road Trip accomplishes what it sets out to accomplish.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2008
UPC:
0786936764451
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
30,855

Special Features

Gag reel; Deleted scenes; Double dutch bus music video; Two audio commentaries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Lawrence James
Raven Symone Melanie
Donny Osmond Doug
Brenda Song Nancy
Will Sasso Deputy O'Mally
Eshaya Draper Trey
Kym E. Whitley Michelle
Arnetia Walker Grandma Porter
Margo Harshman Katie
Josh Meyers Stuart
Michael Landes Actor
Lucas Grabeel Scooter
Adam Lefever Actor
Molly Ephraim Actor
Lonny Ross Student Guide
Adam Le Fevre Judge
Eugene Jones Hunter
Chad Hessler Ted

Technical Credits
Roger Kumble Director
Ben Barraud Production Designer
Roger Bondelli Editor
Lisa Brown Musical Direction/Supervision
Ken Daurio Screenwriter
Jennifer Euston Casting
Carrie Evans Screenwriter
Gail Goldberg Casting
Michael Green Executive Producer
Andrew Gunn Producer
Douglas Huszti Art Director
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Katagas Executive Producer
Ann Marie Executive Producer
Emi Mochizuki Screenwriter
Tom Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Cinco Paul Screenwriter
Raven Symone Executive Producer
Marcia Ross Casting
Ann Marie Sanderlin Executive Producer
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Doug Torres Asst. Director
Theo Van de Sande Cinematographer

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