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  • Summary: Choosing which college to attend can be the most exciting and thrilling time of a young woman's life... unless your overprotective father isn't quite ready to let you go. In the Disney family comedy College Road Trip, Melanie is eagerly looking forward to her first big step towardChoosing which college to attend can be the most exciting and thrilling time of a young woman's life... unless your overprotective father isn't quite ready to let you go. In the Disney family comedy College Road Trip, Melanie is eagerly looking forward to her first big step toward independence when she plans a "girls only" road trip to check out prospective universities. But when her overbearing police-chief father insists on escorting her instead, she soon finds her dream trip has turned into a hilarious nightmare adventure full of comical misfortune and turmoil. (Walt Disney Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 9 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    70
    Undeniably fun for the kids, though it requires a camp sensibility in its adult audience. But in doing so, it is a warm return to the live-action Disney movies of yesteryear.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    58
    At its best when it drops any pretense of plot for sheer goof (as when a Japanese sightseer belts ''Sister Christian'' on a karaoke tour bus), and at its worst when Lawrence manages to out-ham even his porky four-legged costar.
  3. If, on the other hand, your driver's license is still a distant dream, consider this a path to pure hilarity.
  4. As over-the-top as Raven-Symoné and Lawrence are, the most live-action cartoon characters in College Road Trip are the father-daughter tandem of Doug (Donny Osmond) and Wendy (Molly Ephraim), whose nitro-powered perkiness pass the point of grating and move into a perversely antic state of grace.
  5. 38
    Better than most Martin Lawrence movies - much as strep throat is better than malaria.
  6. Absolutely nothing funny happens during their drive to Georgetown for an interview, even with Donny Osmond along for the ride.
  7. The whole project is a cloying, artificial mess. The slapstick comedy doesn't bite, and the formulaic sentimentality doesn't grip.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. BernardG.
    Feb 26, 2009
    9
    Really the critic are too bad. I saw this movie yesterday and it was too good. Raven did a good job. I don't know why they said it Really the critic are too bad. I saw this movie yesterday and it was too good. Raven did a good job. I don't know why they said it wasn't good. This is a cool movie. You must see the movie. Its Great! Expand
  2. PeterA.
    Aug 7, 2008
    9
    The reviewers were wrong; it's a VERY good movie... had me constantly laughing... very funny.
  3. LissaG
    Mar 25, 2008
    8
    Okay, I heard this movie got bad reviews but who cares about those critics?! it has Martin Lawrence, Raven Symone and Donny Osmond! I love Okay, I heard this movie got bad reviews but who cares about those critics?! it has Martin Lawrence, Raven Symone and Donny Osmond! I love the movie and I'm going to see it in theatres. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Mar 19, 2008
    5
    "The Cosby Show" was something new before "Something New" was something new. Every Thursday night, America tuned in to a sitcom about "The Cosby Show" was something new before "Something New" was something new. Every Thursday night, America tuned in to a sitcom about affluent black people. Raven Symone was on that show. She was Olivia. "College Road Trip", in its own quiet way, pays homage to the Huxtables, since Melanie(Symone) wants to study law(Clair Huxtable(Phylicia Rashad) was an attorney). Melanie chooses between Northwestern and Georgetown. Most, if not all, movies about young black people with a dream, dream about being a basketball star, a singer, or a step-dancer. Black people go to college. But not in the movies. That's why Melanie's choice of lofty schools may take you aback. This is virgin territory. And how does "College Road Trip" handle its story about a matriculating black teen? Not very well. One word. Pig. They needed the pig because the filmmaker realized that dad's obsession with his daughter was starting to get creepy(e.g. Tony Danza in "She's Out of Control"). The pig doesn't save "College Road Trip". But Donny Osmond does. He's Neil Patrick Harris in "Harold and Kumar go to White Castle"-funny. For most of its running time, "College Road Trip" is either innocuous or schmaltzy. When Osmond and Molly Ephraim grace the screen, they hijack the film, as a tight-knit father and daughter unit from hell. By no stretch of the imagination is this witless road film any good. But you shouldn't dismiss "College Road Trip" so easily. When Chief James Porter(Martin Lawrence) and his wife give a couple, a white couple, advice about raising a child. That's something new. The film is colorblind. But we're not. If you watch a lot of movies, you'll understand that this role-reversal is quietly revelatory. Expand
  5. JayH
    Jul 14, 2008
    5
    Innocuous family comedy, enjoyable but unmemorable. Raven-Symone is good and Donny Osmond has a funny supporting role. Fun score.
  6. Sep 26, 2013
    3
    Martin Lawrence stars in this dim-witted, run-of-the mill, family friendly comedy that is weak and unfunny. Do not see this movie; let it fallMartin Lawrence stars in this dim-witted, run-of-the mill, family friendly comedy that is weak and unfunny. Do not see this movie; let it fall into the 99 cents DVD bins at Kmart. Expand
  7. ColeT
    Jan 31, 2009
    0
    The movie was TERRIBLE. so lame and NOT FUNNY, when I saw it in theaters the only thing that entertained me was the fact that my brother The movie was TERRIBLE. so lame and NOT FUNNY, when I saw it in theaters the only thing that entertained me was the fact that my brother choked on his popcorn. Expand