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  College Road Trip

Starring: Martin Lawrence, Raven Symone, Arnetia Walker, Donnie Osmond

Directed by: Roger Kumble

Produced by: Andrew Gunn

Written by: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Emi Mochizuki

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures


     If there’s one thing that College Road Trip does well, it’s remind us that another Disney Comedy is the last thing that we audiences need. Disney, milking as much out of an established formula as it possibly can, this time tries to fill seats by targeting the coveted African-American demographic, hiring the ever-popular stars Martin Lawrence and Raven Symone to appeal to black viewers. Of course, everything else about this dead-on-arrival dud has been seen before, from the cliché story about a father having to let go of his young daughter to the supporting little-brother who carries a rambunctious pet pig at his side. Oh, and did I mention the oh-so-clever montages in which the lead characters transform emotionally in a matter of seconds to appear as though deep revelations are made in a plot that’s far too shallow to support such achievements? Yeah, College Road Trip has its fair share of those, too. Lawrence and Symone have their moments—as does Donnie Osmond in a kooky supporting role (well, for his first few minutes, at least)—but there’s no reason to care about them when they don’t have a solid foundational-story on which to stand. Quite frankly, there’s no reason to pay ten bucks to see College Road Trip when you could just stay at home and watch one of the countless other movies like it instead.


-Danny Baldwin, Bucket Reviews

Review Published on: 3.11.2008

Screened on: 3.9.2008 at the AMC Century City 15 in Los Angeles, CA.


College Road Trip is rated G and runs 83 minutes.

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