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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 »


Arthur Hiller


Don Rhymer
2 wins. See more awards »





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)


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


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 »


Official Sites:

Warner Bros.





Release Date:

23 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A spasso col rapinatore See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,628,482, 25 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,308,758, 8 September 1996
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS (uncredited)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kim Coates and Tom Arnold would go on to appear in Sons of Anarchy together. See more »


After the confrontation with the meter maid in the mall, Franklin chases down the van, climbs in, gets into the front passenger seat and fastens his seatbelt. After they drive up to the second floor, Daniel says, "Fasten your seatbelts" and Franklin is shown fastening his seatbelt again. See more »


Todd: I refuse to die in a polyester smock.
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References The A-Team (1983) See more »


William Tell Overture
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Recorded by The Philharmonia Orchestra, London
Conducted by Alfred Scholz
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I liked it as a Kid...
9 March 2011 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

As a kid, I had no knowledge of Cinema. I only relied on Cartoons and Comedies like 'Carpool'. I remember enjoying myself while watching 'Carpool' back in the late 1990's. Now when I saw it on TV after all these-years, When I itself started to watch films like 'Ben Hur', 'Casablanca' etc, I consider this 1996 flick to be a weak effort.

'Carpool' is not a terrible film, but it's not good either. However, Kids of my age back then, enjoyed themselves. In terms of 'Screenplay' & 'Direction', this flick offers nothing magnificent and I can confirm you that the Makers didn't intend to make a 'milestone' film anyway. Their intension was to make Kids laugh, and of what I remember, the kids did.

Arthur Hiller's direction as well as the screenplay offer nothing great. For some reason, Tom Arnold won a Razzie-Award for Worst Actor for his performance in here, while David Paymer delivered a truly good performance. David Paymer is amongst "the" most under-rated actors of his time. The kids did a fine job.

On the whole, A film that never will be talked about, and I guess it never even wanted to be Evergreen.

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