California Dreaming

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Unforeseen obstacles stand in the way of a family planning to take a road trip in an rv.


Studio MTI
SKU 206230014
UPC 039414581744
UPC 14 00039414581744
Format DVD
Release Date 10/5/2009
Road Trips
Editors Note
Note A family is beset with numerous problems as they travel to California from their suburban home in Omaha in this comedy feature. The mishaps happen at a fast and furious pace as soon as the bumbling family members board their RV, creating some highly amusing moments in the vein of the NATIONAL LAMPOON movies.
Dave Foley
Patricia Richardson
Lea Thompson
Cast & Crew
Adam Balazs - Original Music By
Annamaria Szanto - Editor
Dana Altman - Producer
Dave Foley - Actor
Ethan Phillips - Actor
James Bartle - Cinematographer
Lea Thompson - Actor
Linda Voorhees - Director
Linda Voorhees - Writer
Neva Cozine - Art Director
Patricia Richardson - Actor
Wilton Schiller - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 8174
UPC 00039414581744
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Home Theater Info
Review This film is based on the stereotypical family seen in innumerable movie comedies. The parents seem to have little in common. The daughter thinks her parents are idiots but actually only displays her own lack of even the slightest glimmer of common sense. While there are some laughs to be had here overall the flick fails to work on most levels. It appears that it is one of the scripts that come across funnier on paper. When put on the screen it loses something in the translation. The actors give it a good try but even the most talented actors cannot rise above every obstacle. Any film based on the dynamics of family is touchy. You need enough realism to allow the family members in the audience to identify with the characters. At the same time you have to expand the circumstances and responses to comic proportions. This film goes over the line in both respects. The family members are painted too broadly to seem real. The faults of each person are overly exaggerated but don't come off as humorous. The situations they face are ridiculous to the point of implausibility. Some comedies can get away with it but not in this context. There also has to be some degree of internal consistency in how the characters react. This too is missing here.
ReviewRating 5
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Home Theater Info ...a reasonably good family comedy...The cast here is excellent...They have the chemistry to work very well together...

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