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


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for crude humor, mild language and comic action | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

23 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A spasso col rapinatore  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,308,758 (USA) (6 September 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kim Coates and David Paymer also starred in unforgettable which also was released in 1996. See more »


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 »


Franklin: We could use a nut like you down at the carnival. Ever bite the head off a chicken?
Mr. Hammerman: Not lately.
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References The A-Team (1983) See more »


Written by Dee Dee Ramone (as Douglas Colvin), Johnny Ramone (as John Cummings),
Joey Ramone (as Jeff Hyman)
Performed by The Ramones (as The Ramones)
Courtesy of Sire Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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What Did You Expect from Tom Arnold?
7 June 2002 | by (White Plains, NY) – See all my reviews

From Tom Arnold, I never expect much, considering his background. (Roseann Barr's manager/husband, who sprang from the same Colorado trailer-park roots). Even so ...

"Carpool" tries to be an energetic circumstance-comedy, yet it winds up vacillating between frenetic and dull. When nothing is happening, you fall asleep, and when too much is happening, you wonder what all the fuss is about. Not worth going into more detail, but worthy of remark is the sad fate of Rod Steiger, who finds himself in his sunset years being bundled in with no-talent hacks like Arnold. David Paymer isn't bad either, but ... Rhea, why are you here? You'd think Danny could find you something better.

Oh, well. I gave it three stars (with two of them being a nod to Rod Steiger for his unrewarded role in "The Pawnbroker"). However, I had to subtract two for being any movie with Tom Arnold in it. Then I added one once more for Paymer's brave attempts to keep things afloat. Net result = 2

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