Welcome back to another week of passion blogging and another week of Robin Williams movie watching. All of the movies I have covered so far have spanned from 1987-1998. This means that I have left the last 15 years of Robin Williams movies un-blogged and unwatched. This being the penultimate passion blog post, I thought I’d jump ahead a few years. Specifically to 2006, 13 movies and a few TV series after Patch Adams, to the release of RV.
Not surprisingly RV starts off with its main character Todd, played by Robin Williams, telling a bed story in a creepy monster voice. He is a husband and a father of two children. He saves his 7 yr oldish daughter, Cassie, from the tickle monster and promises to always be her best friend.
Flash forward 8 years, Cassie, now 15, and her father are bickering in the car. Todd is no longer the fun-loving beloved father with two teenagers in the house. Robin Williams’ character has become grumpy and too heavily focused on work. In trouble with his jerk OCD boss, Todd has to cancel his family’s Hawaii trip for a conference meeting in Colorado. So, Todd does what any father from the 70’s would do, take an RV trip with the fam.
It starts as well as about any RV trip with a dysfunctional family could. The RV rolls away, all of the dishes fall out of the cupboards, and the waste explodes all over Robin Williams.
As the catastrophes pile up, the family grows closer together. Robin Williams becomes a funny, loving dad that he portrays so well. He is the model of perfect optimism in every situation.
Eventually, keeping his work motive for the RV trip secret from his family becomes too great a task. When the RV rolls away into a lake, Todd explodes and lets his cat out of the bag. He leaves his angry and betrayed family on bicycle to go finish his sales pitch. On the way, he realizes his mistake and bravely chases after his wife and kids, risking his own life. Robin Williams delivers a few cathartic speeches at the end, that leave you with the motivation for change that all Williams’ movies seem to do. In RV, Williams emphasizes the importance of family and setting priorities. This is a movie all people can get a few laughs and life tips from watching.