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College Road Trip
DVD disk
Jul 23, 2008 By: Sturdy
College Road Trip order
Director:
Roger Kumble

Actors:
Martin Lawrence
Raven-Symone
Donny Osmond

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An overprotective father finds himself on a road trip with his teenage daughter and his little son. Although a painful experience for him, he inevitably learns that his daughter is a grown woman and he must come to terms with her leaving the house.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Sometimes I think that movies get made just so critics will have something to bash. Thats really the only reason I can see a film of this nature getting made. Maybe the producers lost a bet, or maybe they were just making a joke. I dont know what twist of fate had to occur to get this film greenlit, but whatever it was, its not fair to the thousands of good films that didnt get made.

Before I lay into it too hard, I have to remind myself that this is a G rated film and not really intended for the adult audience. Well believe me, I understand that. I think there is a shortage of family friendly films out there, so Im appreciative whenever I see one get released. But cmon people, we can do better than this. Surely this is not the best G rated film they could find.

So the basic premise is actually better suited for a PG-13 film. We have an overprotective father that also happens to be a police chief. Then we have the daughter who is as wholesome as can be considering shes a senior in high school and the worst thing shes ever done is lie to her father and go to a party. Theres even a scene where he sneaks into a sorority. So, they really had to stretch to make this a PG film.

Of course, it seems that whenever you have an African American as the main star of a family film, all the white people in the film are extreme nerds that sing old 50s songs all the time. Id be offended if I hadnt encountered similar parents during my college days. But of course they play it up and over-do it to the obnoxious extreme. Then theres the pig. No, not Raven, theres an actual pig that belongs to the little boy. The pig, I have to say, stole the show. He provides all the laughs and in my opinion, should have gotten top billing. He seemed to be the only one with a legitimate sense of comedic timing.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Raven-Symone and Roger Kumble: I really expected Raven to steal the commentary since she seems to have a bubbling personality, but she actually kept it in check through most of the track. They were both excited about the film, but Roger did most of the talking and kept most comments to the basic, general information variety.

Commentary with Emi Mochizuki and Carrie Evans: This is their first movie, so they seem a little unprepared to give a full commentary. They offer a few cute tidbits here and there, but overall the track drags. Overall, they give a very basic commentary and dont give any new information.

Deleted Scenes (12:36): Most of these scenes revolved around the mother, but none of them were of any substance. It was a good decision for them to be cut as they would have slowed down the film and added unneeded filler.

Alternate Scenes (3:35): I dont think we would have lost much had these scenes been in the film as opposed to what we did get. I liked the ending at Georgetown better than the Thanksgiving ending, but other than that, I dont think it mattered.

Ravens Video Diary (9:50): Raven actually seems a little obnoxious in real life, so watching her run around the set with a video camera is not my idea of a good time. I know she has her fan base on the Disney channel and maybe they will enjoy watching her talk to the cast and crew.

Gag Reel (2:49): This is your typical, run of the mill gag reel, except with way too much Donny Osmond.

On the Set Double Dutch Bus (3:27): Even though I find Raven a little obnoxious, theres no denying she knows what shes doing. You have to respect the empire shes built for herself and this little featurette is an example of how professional she is. She talks about the music video and how it was made and gives some decent information.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I really wonder if little kids will like this film. I dont think theyll appreciate the subject matter, but maybe theyll laugh at the pig and sing along to a couple of the songs. Adults, on the other hand, will be miserable.
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