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Carpool (1996)

PG | | Comedy | 23 August 1996 (USA)
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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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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A dad in a hurry. A man on the run. And five kids with an attitude.

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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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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$3,308,758 (USA) (6 September 1996)
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Kim Coates and David Paymer also starred in Unforgettable which also was released in 1996. 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 »

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Franklin: [noticing a woman getting her lips waxed] That's amazing. I'd never have to shave Mom's hump again. Um, that is, she's got a hump on the back of her neck.
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Featured in Uvda: Episode #20.1 (2013) See more »

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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
Written by Debbie Harry & Nigel Harrison
Performed by Niki Harris
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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1 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There were a million different ways this film could have gone and, subsequently, improved. However, this "Carpool" runs out of gas early on.

Tom Arnold can be funny, I've seen him do it. And there are parts in "Carpool" where he is, in fact, funny. But the whole storyline is just a line of desperation on which this movie hangs situations that just don't stay up.

And what in all that is holy's name are actual actors like Paymer and Steiger doing here? They can be funny on occasion, but not here; you just spend your time scratching your head, wondering how bad they needed the money.

As it is, one long car chase, punctuated by the kids thinking Arnold isn't such a bad guy after all while dad Paymer insists they "stop being nice to the criminal" (okay, I liked that part).

Two stars. And if I never see Steiger dressed like a clown again, that's fine with me.


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