Robin Williams Weekend – R.V.: Runaway Vacation (2006)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Writer: Geoff Rodkey (Screenplay)

Starring: Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Joanna ‘Jojo’ Levesque, Josh Hutcherson, Jeff Daniels, Kristin Chenoweth

 

Plot: Bob Munro and his dysfunctional family rent an RV for a road trip to the Colorado Rockies, where they ultimately have to contend with a bizarre community of campers.


Tagline – One family. Eight wheels. No brakes.

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Serviceable Comedy

 

Story: R.V.: Runaway Vacation starts as businessman Bob (Williams) is facing the reality of seeing his kids about to start preparing for their next steps in life, he decides to cancel their Hawaii vacation to take them across country in an RV. Bob must convince his wife Jamie (Hines) and children Cassie (JoJo) and Carl (Hutcherson) this trip is going to be good.

As their journey continues we get the usual series of mishaps along the way as Bob is fighting to keep his job by secretly doing his work while the others sleep, just what else can happen in the family’s adventure.

 

Thoughts on R.V.: Runaway Vacation

 

Characters – Bob Munro is an officer worker always on his boss’s good side, his family is growing up and about to move on with their lives and he decides to take them on a cross country trip to keep his job. Jamie is his wife that isn’t happy about losing the Hawaii vacation but understands he wants to spend time with his family. Cassie and Carl are the children with their own growing up problems that Bob has been ignoring for the most part.

PerformancesRobin Williams is the main star of the movie, he gets to do a watered-down version of his comedy which is serviceable for the film. Going into the supporting cast we don’t get too much that stands out as most of them are playing off what Williams does.

StoryThe story follows a family vacation in an RV which takes them on a series of unfortunate events. The story does feel weak for the family growing dynamic because too much of the movie is focused on the father’s problems rather then looking at how the family needs to come together. This will pass as a comedy level story which is fine and never becomes the importance a lighter comedy could achieve.

Comedy/FamilyThe comedy is hit or miss, it is mostly material we have seen before and even with Williams in the leading role, it doesn’t always hit.

SettingsThe film takes us across parts of America which is fine, we get the beauty spots in certain places.


Scene of the Movie –
The reason why the trip happens.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The weakness of the comedy.

Final ThoughtsThis isn’t the best comedy, it has moments but in the end it will become one that you do end up forgetting.

 

Overall: Forgettable comedy for the most part.

Rating

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Life After Beth (2014)

looDirector: Jeff Baena

Writer: Jeff Baena (Screenplay)

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick, Eva La Dare, Thomas McDonell

Plot: A young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Slow but Original Comedy

Story: Life After Beth starts with the funeral of Beth (Plaza), we have her old boyfriend Zach (DeHaan) with her parent Maury (Reilly) and Geenie (Shannon). Zach is staying on connect with Beth’s family as they are grieving together wondering if they said the right things on their last meeting.

When Zach discover that Beth is still alive and that her parents are keeping her secret, well she has come back from the dead and the three don’t know what to do with the situation. As the three try to keep Beth a secret they have to work out whether to tell her and the rest of the neighbourhood. As time goes on Beth starts getting a craving for human flesh but can the young couple make this work out, when all the dead start coming back from the dead.

Life After Beth tries to bring the rom com zom back to the front running but like most it just doesn’t work very well, I think I would have enjoyed this is only Beth had come back from the dead but having all the dead people coming back doesn’t make sense. I did like the opening half of the film but then things just went to over the top for me and ends up just feeling like a plan old not sure what to do with zombies around. As I stated if this had just stayed with Beth coming back I would have enjoyed this but it just goes too much in the second half. (5/10)

Actor Review

Aubrey Plaza: Beth Slocum has died, but she doesn’t stay dead because she comes back from the dead, she moves back in with her parents who keep her a secret. She tries to restart the relationship with Zach but she ends up becoming obsessive to everything he does as she slowly starts to get thee craving for human flesh. Aubrey does a good job as the ever changing dead girlfriend. (7/10)besth

Dane DeHaan: Zach Orfman is the boyfriend of Beth who is grieving until he finds out she has come back from the dead. He sees this as a chance to make up for the things said wrong before she died but soon things get out of hand. Dane enters comedy for the first time and sometimes does look out of place with his timing. (6/10)zach

John C Reilly: Maury Slocum is the father of Beth and once she comes back he wants to keep her safe so he can spend as much time as possible with her in case she dies again. John give most of the funny lines through the film. (7/10)parents

Molly Shannon: Geenie Slocum is the mother of Beth who gets to capture more photos before she goes again. Molly gives us her normal overprotective mother performance which we are used to seeing. (6/10)

Support Cast: Life After Beth has a supporting cast that all react to different to the zombie outbreak.

Director Review: Jeff BaenaJeff tries to give us another twist on the zombie romance which starts off nicely before taking a nose dive. (5/10)

Comedy: Life After Beth has a couple of laughs but not enough to be a strong comedy. (5/10)

Horror: Life After Beth doesn’t have enough of the horror elements for my liking where it tries to focus on the other genres too much. (3/10)

Romance: Life After Beth tries to play the romance card by giving our lead a second chance with his lost love. (5/10)

Settings: Life After Beth keeps the settings inside of a small town making it feel like it is just bad day in the town. (7/10)
Special Effects: Life After Beth has good effects but doesn’t really need them too much. (5/10)

Suggestion: Life After Beth is one to try but don’t be miss lead by the trailer like I was. (Try It)

Best Part: Cooker scene.

Worst Part: Extra zombies.

Funniest Scene: Beth tied to cooker.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Warm Bodies

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2.4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: Some girls just want to watch the world burn.

Overall: Disappointing comedy that need more laughs, romance and horror

Rating 50