Let’s just get this out of the way at the start: RV (Runaway Vacation) is definitely not one of the best films that Robin Williams has starred in. It was mostly panned by critics, and Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus stated it was; "an unoriginal and only occasionally funny family road-trip movie, RV is a mediocre effort that not even the charisma of Robin Williams can save." However, because of the current circumstances and the tragic loss of such a great man and actor, I decided to focus on the positives and highlight the reasons as to why Robin is such a great actor and managed to pull along a Terribrill film. Director Barry Sonnenfield has directed great works such as Men in Black, and The Addams Family, as well as producing many others. Although, he did not create a hit comedy genius film with RV, he still created a good watch.
It is notably predictable, that is true. However, that doesn’t necessarily make it bad. If it makes you laugh, then surely that makes a comedy film at least partly successful. Plus, despite many of the negative comments about the film itself, no one had anything bad to say about Robin’s acting. As expected, he fulfils his role with amazing charisma, comedy and all the emotion you can give to a character torn between pleasing his sleazy boss and his own family. There is only so much you can put into a comedy that’s created for family viewing, and these boundaries do make it a struggle for the older generation to enjoy the film and they always seem to end up below mediocre. Yet the stellar cast (including Josh Hutchinson and the director himself) makes this film into one that can be thoroughly enjoyed by the younger viewers and still amuse and hold the attention of their adult counterparts.
RV is a great comedy film for the family, and, of course, Robin Williams is the star.