College Road Trip (2008)
|Writers:||Emi Mochizuki, Carrie Evans, Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul|
|Cast:||Martin Lawrence, Raven Symone, Donny Osmond, Brenda Song, Will Sasso|
|Released:||Friday, March 07, 2008|
|Studio:||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Rating:||General audiences. All ages admitted.|
A college-bound girl (Raven-Symone) has her hopes of independence shattered when her overbearing police chief father (Martin Lawrence) insists on escorting her on a road trip to prospective universities.
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Disney has always had a unique way of entertaining while teaching life lessons in their films, and College Road Trip is no exception to that rule!
Disney's College Road Trip tells the story of a battle for independence between a loving but protective father and his teenage daughter. Disney Channel favorite, Raven-Symone (TV's "That's So Raven," "Cheetah Girls"), stars as Melanie Porter, an overachieving high school student with her heart set on attending Washington D.C.'s Georgetown University. Martin Lawrence (Wild Hogs), turns in a great performance as the overbearing dad who wants her to stay closer to their Chicago home -- and will literally do whatever it takes to keep her there!
As the familiar Cinderella Castle is displayed and the film starts rolling, you know you are in for a great time! Martin Lawrence is at his best as the Dad who only wants the best for his daughter and Raven-Symone, and the rest of the cast (including Einstein the pig), keep everyone laughing from beginning to end.
However, even throughout the terrific comedic laughter, Disney has a deeper important message -- once in a while too much love can sometimes drown out what your children are really saying.
The film also hosts a variety of familiar actors and actresses from the Disney family including Donny Osmond, Brenda Song (Suite Life of Zack and Cody), and Lucas Grabeel (High School Musical).
The College Road Trip DVD presents the film in both full screen (1.33:1) and also widescreen amaphoric (2.35:1). The DVD itself is also full of extras including an alternative opening and ending scene, along with Raven's "on the set video Diary" and the music video of "Double Dutch Bus", performed by Raven-Symone.
College Road Trip is a great family film and hits close to home for parents having problems with letting their children grow up, which so many do because it is a very difficult task.
--Nathan M Rose
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