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Carpool (1996)

PG | | Comedy | 23 August 1996 (USA)
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When his wife falls sick, a father - with an important business meeting - finds himself having to carpool for the neighborhood school children and is held hostage of a bank robber.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Don Rhymer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Arnold ... Franklin Laszlo
David Paymer ... Daniel Miller
Rhea Perlman ... Martha
Rod Steiger ... Mr. Hammerman
Kim Coates ... Detective Erdman
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Kayla
Mikey Kovar Mikey Kovar ... Andrew Miller
Micah Gardener ... Bucky Miller
Jordan Warkol ... Travis (as Jordan Blake Warkol)
Colleen Rennison ... Chelsea
Ian Tracey ... Neil
John Tench ... Jerry
Stellina Rusich ... Mrs. Miller
David Kaye ... Scott Lewis
Obba Babatundé ... 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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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 »

Quotes

Daniel: What are you doing?
Franklin: Driving into the back of a truck, Dan, you ever watch the A-Team?
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Connections

Referenced in Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Joshua (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Mama
Written by Clarence Carter, Wilbur Terrell (as Wilbur Terell), Marcus Daniel
Performed by Mersh Bros. Band
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User Reviews

 
Seen it all before.
26 October 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

The biggest problem with the critically slammed "Car Pool" is its lack of originality. The affable Arnold plays a likeable two-bit carnival owner in need of money who carjacks a gaggle of kids on their way to school in a van driven by Paymer. What ensues are the usual chases and sophomoric nonsense. A busy flick with lots going on, "Car Pool" is a regurgitation of hackneyed stunts and gags which have been done many times before. An okay diversion for the vegetating sofa spud and little more. (D)

Note - IMHO Arnold's Razzie is undeserved. It's hard to look good in a really bad film.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A spasso col rapinatore See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,628,482, 25 August 1996

Gross USA:

$3,325,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,325,651
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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