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Carpool (1996)

 -  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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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
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Mrs. Miller
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Scott Lewis
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Jeffery (as Obba Babatundè)
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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, 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>

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robbery | chase | carpool | table | meter maid | See more »

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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

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

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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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Trivia

Theatrically released with Superior Duck (1996) as the preceding cartoon. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Daniel: Can't one of the neighbors drive the carpool? What about Mr. Kopek?
Mrs. Miller: He's 88.
Daniel: So he'll drive real slow.
Mrs. Miller: He's had three strokes.
Daniel: But never while driving.
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Referenced in Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Joshua (1998) 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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Definitely not high-octane entertainment but not bad, either
14 December 2007 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Daniel (David Paymer) is a businessman who works long hours. One morning, his wife gets the flu, leaving him responsible for getting his children dressed, fed, and dropped off at school. He fumes about this, for he has an all-important meeting at ll:00 am. Nevertheless, he piles his two boys, along with three neighbor kids (its Dan's turn to be the carpool driver) into the van and stops for doughnuts for everyone to have a "good" breakfast. Trouble is, at the bakery, there is a hold-up, with Franklin (Tom Arnold) taking the money and taking Daniel hostage, too, to complete a getaway. Franklin is really a nice man but his failing carnival show necessitated the immediate need for funds. Daniel is aghast for he still has his meeting looming on the horizon. After having the kids spray-paint the van purple, to allude authorities, Daniel, Franklin, and the kiddies drive around and around. Will they be caught? And, why does Daniel's children like Franklin better than they like their own father? This movie has a good concept that is, unfortunately, not matched by the film's ultimate execution. The idea that a robber would end up in a mundane carpool routine is infectious but the film's plot line runs thin, at times. Nevertheless, Paymer is a good performer, as is Arnold, who always garners smiles. The children are lively and fun, as well, and the movie's costumes, scenery, and photography make for a good-looking film. To be brief, families will probably enjoy a showing of this flick, for it has humor, chase-scenes, car crashes, and other attention-getting devices. But, it is doubtful that anyone will ask for a repeat showing.


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