|Directed by||Barry Sonnenfeld|
|Produced by||Lucy Fisher
|Written by||Geoff Rodkey|
Joanna “JoJo” Levesque
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
|Edited by||Kevin Tent|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$87.5 million|
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RV (also known as Runaway Vacation) is a 2006 American road comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick, written by Geoff Rodkey, and starring Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines,Joanna “JoJo” Levesque, Josh Hutcherson, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jeff Daniels. It was released on April 28, 2006, in North America. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on August 15, 2006.
Bob Munro (Robin Williams), a successful California beverage company executive, is struggling with a dysfunctional family, with his materialistic wife Jamie (Cheryl Hines), his sharp-tongued teenage daughter Cassie (JoJo), and his son Carl (Josh Hutcherson), who is an adolescent weightlifter and likes Hip hop. At a company picnic, Bob is embarrassed in front of his self-absorbed boss Todd (Will Arnett) by Cassie’s militant friend Gretchen, who hurls a tub of slime over Todd. Looking forward to a big family vacation in Hawaii, their trip is cancelled when Todd, out of spite, tells Bob that he has to attend a meeting with the Alpine Soda company in Boulder, Colorado instead, or else he will be fired. Concealing the real reason for going there, he rents a garish RV from the dodgy dealer Irv (Barry Sonnenfeld) and tells his family they are traveling to the Rockies.
On their trip, Bob and his family encounter many mishaps. These include him damaging the parking brake, crashing into and running over objects such as shopping carts, flushing out a trio of raccoons with a stink bomb, and fixing a clogged sewage system. Along the way, they meet another traveling family, the Gornickes, consisting of Travis (Jeff Daniels), Mary Jo (Kristin Chenoweth), and their children, Earl (Hunter Parrish), Billy (Alex Ferris), and Moon (Chloe Sonnenfeld). Earl develops a romantic interest in Cassie and Carl starts to like Moon, but thinking that the Gornickes are too strange for them, Bob and Jamie decide to ditch them; when the Gornickes reappear at another stop, the Munros believe they are stalking them.
Meanwhile, to disguise his business trip, Bob tries to e-mail a proposal outline from his laptop, working in restrooms; eventually, a hitchhiker steals it, leaving him with only a BlackBerry PDA, which he does manage to use to compose and wirelessly send his proposal to his company. The Gornickes then recover his stolen laptop after picking up the same hitchhiker, and pursue to return it to him.
Eventually the Munros begin to enjoy their vacation. In order to attend the merger meeting, however, Bob distracts his family by faking illness and sends them on a hike. The meeting with Alpine Soda is a success, but Bob is invited to talk to the whole company again the next day. Rushing back to his family in the RV, he takes a treacherous 4 wheel drive trail, and gets the huge vehicle stuck atop a jutting boulder in the middle of it. He eventually manages to dislodge it from there by getting on the front and rocking it until it eventually wobbles and tips forward enough to slide down from atop the boulder. Now riding on the front while it is traveling at a frenzied pace, he barely manages to return to his family in time, succeeding in fooling them, but while he is attempting a similar ruse the next day, the parking brake fails again and the RV rolls into a lake. He lets it slip about the real intentions of the vacation, and his family is upset that he would use them like that. Still needing to get to the meeting, he retrieves one of his family’s bicycles from the lake and pedals off. Jamie, Cassie, and Carl are then picked up by the Gornickes, and soon realize how well they get along, when Bob appears again, climbing atop the moving bus. Bob apologizes to his family, and they, in turn, apologize to him for their selfishness and reveal that they love him more than the lifestyle his job gives them. Bob is just about to blow off the meeting when it turns out that he’s right outside the headquarters.
At the second meeting, Bob starts his speech and it goes well, but then he has an epiphany and so he recommends against the merger, realizing that Todd’s selfishness would destroy a great independent company. Carl gets angry at Todd and flips him over his shoulder, onto the ground. Bob is then fired, but he quits anyway, and soon retrieves the sodden-but-still-operable RV from the lake. At the end, he is offered a job by the owners of Alpine Soda, who want to go national independently. In addition, at the same time, the parking brake fails again, causing the RV to roll backwards flattening both the police car and that of the owners of Alpine Soda. As the credits roll, the two families are shown dancing to and singing the song, “Route 66” (RV Style).
- Robin Williams as Bob Munro
- Cheryl Hines as Jamie Munro
- Joanna “JoJo” Levesque as Cassie Munro
- Erika-Shaye Gair as 5-year-old Cassie Munro
- Josh Hutcherson as Carl Munro
- Jeff Daniels as Travis Gornicke
- Kristin Chenoweth as Mary Jo Gornicke
- Chloe Sonnenfeld as Moon Gornicke
- Hunter Parrish as Earl Gornicke
- Alex Ferris as Billy “Bill” Gornicke
- Will Arnett as Todd Mallory
- Brendan Fletcher as Howie
- Matthew Gray Gubler as Joseph “Joe” Joe
- Barry Sonnenfeld as Irv
- Richard Ian Cox as Laird (as Richard Cox)
- Rob LaBelle as Larry Moiphine
- Brian Markinson as Garry Moiphine
- Ty Olsson as Diablo Pass Officer