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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.

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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Details

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 »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Daniel: Believe me, Hammerman's is better than mud.
Bucky: Is that gonna be your new Hammerman's slogan, Dad?
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Connections

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

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Rolling Motion
Written by John Beal
Performed by John Beal & Stephen Paul
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Stuck in traffic....
1 September 1999 | by Mister-6See 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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