College Road TripI liked leaving home for college.  I had never really left home before that and it was a frightening time which was fraught with possibilities.  I wasn’t that far away, but far enough that it was a decent hike to get home. I’m not a parent nor will I be one anytime soon, so I can’t appreciate what it’s like to have a child leave for school.  However, there is a new movie out which explores that bittersweet phenomenon.

Starting this July 15th, now available on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment comes an entertaining and family friendly tale of leaving home.  College Road Trip is now ready for you to bring home and enjoy whenever you see fit.  Let your children see what it’s like to leave home in a non-threatening and entertaining manner today!

This movie stars Donnie Osmond, Martin Lawrence, Raven Symone and a couple of nobodies from the Disney Channel.  Raven is graduating high school just west of Chicago and her dad has been preparing her to go to Northwestern her whole wife.  There is just one problem – she wants to go to Georgetown.  Martin is completely set against this happening and so tries to trick her into going to Northwestern.  A road trip ensues with wrecked cars, way too much singing, and some parent-child reconciliation.  What happens from there on makes this a typical Disney movie.

The special features included in this DVD are a gag reel, some deleted scenes with optional audio commentary from director Roger Kumble, some alternate movie openings and endings, a video diary made by Raven Symone during the film, the “Double Dutch Bus” music video and a look behind the scenes at the making of it, and an optional audio commentary from director Roger Kumble, Raven Symone, and writers Emi Mochizuki and Carrie Evans.

I felt this movie was basically stuck in the middle.  It was not a kids’ movie because it dealt with more adult themes like leaving home and letting go of your kids.  It wasn’t an adult movie because it was still too goofy.  It’s not a “black” movie, whatever that means.  It’s not a comedy, because the funniest parts of the movie are all in the deleted scenes.  The film suffers from a lack of direction because it touches on so many different things and never settles on one satisfactorily.

This Road Trip is awfully meandering, but it is a better journey than most alternatives.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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