Sad dad, bad trip

COL­LEGE ROAD TRIP Di­rected by Roger Kum­ble. Star­ring Martin Lawrence, Raven-Sy­moné, Donny Os­mond, Will Sasso, Ar­ne­tia Walker

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gen re­lease, 83 min

G cert, THIS rou­tinely dis­mal fam­ily com­edy finds Raven-Sy­moné, once that hor­ri­ble lit­tle child on The Cosby Show, ar­gu­ing with dad

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Martin Lawrence, hor­ri­ble in his own unique man­ner, about her choice of col­lege. A res­i­dent of Chicago, he wants her to at­tend North­west­ern Univer­sity in that city’s sub­urbs, but, ea­ger to spread her wings, she longs to study at Ge­orge­town in Wash­ing­ton DC.

You’d hardly blame her. Would you? If my dad were Martin Lawrence I’d con­sider col­leges on the out­er­most moons of Jupiter or in some hith­erto in­ac­ces­si­ble par­al­lel uni­verse.

Any­way, Pa Lawrence be­ing a pro­tec­tive sort of fel­low, he de­cides to drive his daugh­ter to her in­ter­view in the Amer­i­can cap­i­tal. Along the way, the two leads fall off stuff, mis­con­strue one an­other and even­tu­ally come to some sort of grue­some un­der­stand­ing. You know the sort of thing.

It is a mea­sure of the film’s poor qual­ity that Donny Os­mond’s re­peated ap­pear­ances as an overly perky par­ent grad­u­ally seem more amus­ing un­til, by the close, I found my­self howl­ing in­sanely at ev­ery syl­la­ble the mid­dle-aged Mor­mon ut­tered. Mind you, any sane per­son trapped in a cin­ema with Martin Lawrence would even­tu­ally find sca­bies or gan­grene gut-bust­ingly hi­lar­i­ous. Will you please leave us alone, man? I’m ask­ing nicely.

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