RV is a surprisingly entertaining, if predictable comedy about a family's disaster-prone road trip, during which they learn a few valuable life lessons. While the prospect of a 98-minute Robin Williams vehicle may fill you with utter terror, here he gives a refreshingly entertaining performance, presumably acting within the boundaries of a newly installed comedy ASBO.
Bob Munro (Williams) is a stressed-out senior exec at a soda conglomerate. His job is threatened by an ambitious, business school graduate, his yuppie wife (Cheryl Hines) sees more of her Blackberry than she does her husband, and his children Cassie (Joanna Levesque) and Carl (Josh Hutcherson) are the distilled embodiment of teenage hormones and biting sarcasm. When his sleazy boss forces Bob to cancel the family vacation to Hawaii in order to clinch a vital takeover in Colorado, Bob rents a colossal day-glo mutant caravan and insists they all take a road trip to the Rockies, without mentioning the real reason why.
"A WELL-WRITTEN COMEDY"
Much of the ensuing comedy centres around Bob's exhaustive attempts to satisfy both his demanding employer and exasperated family, while struggling to keep the rapidly disintegrating vehicle on the road. The appearance of a second travelling family lifts the story, with their overbearing hospitality and Southern caricatures cleverly spun to support the film's family values moral. Despite its cheesy message, RV is a well written comedy and welcome evidence of Williams' talent as a comic actor.