Film / RV

RV is a 2006 comedy film, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Robin Williams, about a dysfunctional family who go on vacation in a shoddy RV.

The executive Bob Munro (Williams) is stressed, feeling threatened of losing his job and his lifestyle, since his abusive boss Todd Mallory (Will Arnett) hired the Stanford's geek Laird to work in their soda's company. Bob has promised his wife Jamie Munro (Cheryl Hines), his teenage daughter Cassie (Jojo) and his young son Carl (Josh Hutcherson) to spend vacations in Hawaii, but Todd demands him to prepare a presentation and attend a business meeting with the owners of a family company in a merging operation scheduled in the same period.

Concealing the real reason of going to Colorordo to his family, Bob rents a recreational vehicle and tries to convince his dysfunctional family that a road trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains would be good to bring old values back to their family. After many incidents and while in the trailers parking area, the rookie Bob is helped by the friendly but somewhat bizarre Gornicke family—consisting of Travis (Jeff Daniels), Mary Jo (Kristin Chenoweth) and their kids Earl (Hunter Parish), Moon (Chloe Sonnenfeld), and Billy (Alex Farris). The Munros escape from the Gornickes and initiate a journey of difficulties and leaning, retrieving their forgotten family bond.

Before you can say "COME BACK! COME BACK!," things go gloriously, hilariously, annoyingly wrong due to the lack of brakes, Bob's job, toilet waste not cleared out from the last rental and more hilarious stuff.

The film grossed over $80 million worldwide, but received mostly negative reviews from critics, most of which call it sweet yet blunt and predictable. It currently holds a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: It actually works to the kid's advantage this time. Bob drops a bizzare freestyle rap of sorts to get acquainted with some punks about to fight Carl. They get confused and leave.
  • Bumbling Dad: Bob Munro is, arguably, a Trope Codifier by making every single bad judgement call imaginable during the vacation.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Bob's laptop which he hides during the trip to conceal his business reasons for his family trip. One night, Billy Gornicke comes across Bob and compliments him on it. Later, the laptop gets stolen by a scruffy hitchhiker. The Gornickes recover the stolen laptop after picking up the same hitchhiker..
    Travis: Alright, that's it! You're off the Gornicke Bus!
    Hitchhiker: I didn't steal it! I found it!
    Mary Jo: Well, now you lost it!
  • Creator Cameo: Irv, the man painted on the side of the RV is director Barry Sonnenfeld. Bob even has a brief phone call with him.
    Bob: Thanks, Saul!
    Irv: It's Irv!
    Bob: Sorry. Well, I dunno where the hell I got "Saul."
    Irv: My dad's name is Saul.
    Bob: Well, thanks. [hangs up]
    • Also, Barry's daughter Chloe plays Moon, the middle Gornicke child.
  • Dance Party Ending: The Munro and Gornicke families are shown dancing to "Route 66" as the credits roll.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every member of the Munro family is this to a degree.
  • Downer Ending: The RV sinks to the bottom of the lake, nullifying their contract with Irv. While they do later fish it out, it possibly forces them to sell their house to pay for damages. While things seem to get better when Bob's offered a higher position at his company, but when they forget to apply the parking blocks yet again, the RV flattens his employers' cars, seemingly putting him out of a job. Roll credits!
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Earl develops a romantic interest in Cassie and Carl starts to like Moon, but nothing happens between them on-screen. Carl does make a comment about Earl and Cassie "making out," but nothing is shown.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: The Munros first believe the Gornickes are stalking them, but the latter were only trying to help out.
  • Product Placement: Carl is mostly seen playing with a PSP.
  • Ship Tease: The kids from the two families seem to take a liking to each other, but nothing else seems to happen between them. Ends up as a Romantic False Lead.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Gornicke Bus horn plays the intro melody from Star Trek.
    • Earlier in the movie, when the Munros begin to embark on their trip, Bob says to Jamie:
    Bob: Make it so, Number One.
  • Toilet Humor: A helluva lot of poop rains down on Bob when he tries to empty the septic tank of the RV.
  • Theme Naming: Garry and Larry Moiphine.