Movie Review: College Road Trip
A cup-full of an exceptionally talented comedian
and a dash of an actress who's been a pro since she was just four-years-old were
the exact measurements needed to create College
The flick follows Melanie Porter (Raven-Symone) on
her quest for the perfect college along with her overprotective father James
Porter (Martin Lawrence). Melanie's yearning for independence and dad's domineering
attitude lead to the beginning of their aggravating but entertaining road trip.
This Disney movie has both animation and real life
instances that make it rather enjoyable for the whole family. Though it is not a film that you
would add to your best movies ever collection, it is one that is relatable in
some instances and a bit funny in others.
Known for his characters in mature roles, Martin
Lawrence brings his comedy full-circle by starring in his first-ever G-Rated film. Holding back on the
vulgar tongue, Martin still manages to appeal to the young audience with his
popular comedic flair, witty faces and side-splitting dances. The scenes where
he breaks out in dance or when he twists his face in disgust reminds longtime fans of his days on the sitcom Martin or his appearances on Def
young daughters can relate to Martins character and how he keeps his daughter
under extreme supervision. Likewise, maturing young women with overbearing fathers can relate to Ravens character.
If youve ever leisurely watched (or have been
forced to watch) Thats So Raven,
then you know the humorous side of Raven-Symone. She was able to bring that
childlike fun with a young-adult attitude to the film. Throughout,
she doesnt over-act with unrealistic psychic visions - perhaps because she experienced her own real-life cross-country college road
trip not too long ago.
A wild trip full of disagreements, flipping farm
animals and tumbling cars the film ends positively with appreciation for the father-daughter relationship. The humorous
scenes amuse you, and you walk away with a basic understanding that bonding, no
matter how exasperating it may be, is indeed necessary.
Trip is definitely pleasing if youre off to college, have an overbearing
parent or if you have a toddler thrilled at the least bit of animation. If your
interest lies in thrillers, dramas or mature comedies, this film would have you
wishing you did something else with your 83 minutes.