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College Road Trip (2008; Rated Rated G)

College Road Trip

“ Kill me now.”

-Richard Roeper


College Road Trip

(2008; G)

In theaters:
Friday, 7 March 2008

Summary: When an overachieving high school student decides to travel around the country to choose the perfect college, her overprotective cop father also decides to accompany her in order to keep her on the straight and narrow.

Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Roger Kumble

Martin Lawrence

"College Road Trip"

This movie is genuinely, consistently, indisputably putrid. Over the last eight years, starting with "Big Momma’s House" and including such dreck as "Bad Boys II" and "Rebound," Martin Lawrence has put together one of the longest losing streaks in major motion picture history. In this odious clunker, Lawrence overplays it to death as James Porter, a borderline creepy, overprotective father straight out of a bad sitcom. Raven-Symone, also overacting, plays his college-bound daughter Melanie.

Melanie wants to attend Georgetown, but her dad wants her to stay closer to home and attend Northwestern. And just when you think the comedy couldn’t get bigger and broader and flatter, Donny Osmond shows up as a rah-rah dad who’s so insanely upbeat you wonder if he’s a cult leader.

Then there’s Melanie’s little brother, who’s supposed to be some kind of genius but adds nothing to the mix…and his pet pig, the centerpiece of some amazingly unfunny physical schtick. With all the overacting and the circus soundtrack, I guess "College Road Trip" is supposed to play like a cartoon. But the slapstick gags go nowhere, and the performances from the leads, the supporting players, even the extras, are obnoxious and loud without even coming close to being funny. There are more laughs in "No Country for Old Men" than in this disaster. And the attempts at sentiment are cloying and forced. Hated this movie.

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