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Carpool (1996)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  23 August 1996 (USA)
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A man with an important business meeting finds himself having to take care of the carpool for the neighborhood school children when his wife gets sick. Stopping to get donuts for the kids, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Franklin Laszlo
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Daniel Miller
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Martha
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Mr. Hammerman
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Detective Erdman
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Mikey Kovar ...
Andrew Miller
Micah Gardener ...
Bucky Miller
Jordan Warkol ...
Travis (as Jordan Blake Warkol)
Colleen Rennison ...
Chelsea
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Neil
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Jerry
Stellina Rusich ...
Mrs. Miller
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Scott Lewis
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Jeffery (as Obba Babatundè)
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Storyline

A man with an important business meeting finds himself having to take care of the carpool for the neighborhood school children when his wife gets sick. Stopping to get donuts for the kids, things go even more awry when he finds himself a victim of a robbery. However, the situation only gets worse as a desperate man who had been contemplating a bank robbery robs the robbers and takes the man and the kids hostage in their van as his truck is blocked by an armored car. The thing then proceeds into a comedic chase movie. The father finds his kids don't really respect him and they react better to the robber. The end result is everyone gets a lifestyle change, including the original store owner. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A dad in a hurry. A man on the run. And five kids with an attitude.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for crude humor, mild language and comic action | See all certifications »
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23 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A spasso col rapinatore  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,628,482 (USA) (23 August 1996)

Gross:

$3,308,758 (USA) (6 September 1996)
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Theatrically released with Superior Duck (1996) as the preceding cartoon. See more »

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Det. Lt. Erdman takes a car from an old woman. She says the brakes are shot and he is seen not being able to stop. When the two marked police cars first collide, Det. Lt. Erdman backs up, stops, and drives forward. See more »

Quotes

[location: in their van which is inside a refrigeration truck]
Andrew: It's freezing.
Franklin: Huddle together if you're cold, I'll turn on the heat.
Daniel: That's brilliant. See in order to get heat you have to turn on the engine, thereby trapping the fumes and rendering us all dead by asphixiation.
Franklin: In that case forget the heat. Hey who farted? Did you cut the cheese, Dan?
Daniel: For God's sake, no I did not.
Franklin: How about you, Kayla?
Kayla: Girls don't fart.
Franklin: Really? Come over to my house sometime and ask my mom why all our cats ...
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References The A-Team (1983) See more »

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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
Written by Deborah Harry & Nigel Harrison
Performed by Niki Harris
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Amazing film, outstanding repeatability viewing rating!
20 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film for the first time tonight. I have to say that I did see it on a small television set, but this did not detract at all from Arthur Hiller's obvious and superb genius comedic directing. The film just fills me with a gleeful warm sense of satisfaction. I particularly enjoy the Mall scene where Franklin drives the people carrier into the hordes of poor shoppers!

This film really does shine out from other genres within the mid-90's era of comedy. We see here a delightful microcosm, a delectable pastiche capturing the endless hilaritys of two 'star crossed' people coping with the madcap situation which life has bestowed them on this darkest of days.

Hiller actually makes you care about the characters, crazy but lovable Franklin (Tom Arnold gives an outstanding performance) with his wacky driving, Daniel with his all so cautious but semi-professional 'keeping it together attitude.' The screaming kids in the back just add to the foreground of this delightful and mystical journey on which we are taken though 90 minutes of mayhem!

With a team of talented writers with the likes of Don Rhymer, you know you're just being given gold! I personally would rate this film 9.5, but that's not for the likes of me to decide. I would thoroughly recommend this film to any friend, and will probably be purchasing on DVD as soon as possible.


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