Carpool

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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. A dad in a hurry. A man on the run. And five kids with an attitude.

ACTORS :  Tom Arnold, David Paymer, Rhea Perlman

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1996

POSTAGE : Free postage within Australia

 

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Carpool  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.

Classic 90s screwball comedy

Carpool  his movie is definitely reminiscent of the glorious 90s. The clothes, the hairstyles, the scenery, the attitudes…the complete and utter lack of iphones or cell phones at all haha. In fact, if cell phones had been mainstream at this point the movie would have ended rather quickly!

This movie is obviously very far-fetched as most screwball comedies are. One of my favorite story lines though are ones that take place in a day’s time like this and which start from something simple which escalates ridiculously.Aside from being very funny it is also heartfelt at times. It is interesting how this chaotic and seemingly dangerous experience strengthened the relationship between the main workaholic character and his emotionally neglected children. He was not a bad guy and he was obviously working so hard to keep them in the lap of luxury but it was clear that along the way he forgot what was important. This hectic day reforged the bond he once had with his children or perhaps never had at all.

Some elements with the gun violence/comedy are difficult to watch now as the world has become a much more dangerous place since 1996. If you have never seen this movie before, try to keep that in mind that this is 1996. I do not think a family comedy made now would make light of using guns in a funny way.

Perfect movie for people who grew up in the 90s, not sure if modern day people who have not seen it already would enjoy it as thoroughly. Check it out and see!

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