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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

Gross USA:

$3,325,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,325,651
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Andrew: Look, Mr. Kopek's working in his yard.
Daniel: Yeah. Let this be a lesson to you kids, the world says that he's too old to drive a car but look at him, he's a vibrant, healthy old man who can do anything he put's his mind to.
Andrew: Dad, Mr. Kopek's not wearing his pants.
Daniel: Yeah so from now on you kids stay away from him okay?
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Featured in Uvda: Episode #20.1 (2013) See more »

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