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(2006), PG [13-PG*] (1hr 33min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): RV Camping Productions Ltd., Red Wagon Productions, Nina Saxon Film Design, IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 3. Produktions KG, Intermedia Films, Relativity Media
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer(s): Warren Carr, Bobby Cohen, Bobby Cohen, Lucy Fisher, Ryan Kavanaugh, Dan Maag, Aslan Nadery, Graham Place, Volker Schauz, Philip Schulz-Deyle, Chris Soldo, Douglas Wick
Written by: Geoff Rodkey
Cinematography/Camera: Fred Murphy
Music: Chris P. Bacon, James Newton Howard, Blake Neely, Stuart Michael Thomas
Film Editing: Kevin Tent
Casting: Sean Cossey, Ronna Kress
Production Design: Michael S. Bolton
Art Direction: Kelvin Humenny
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
RV is what it typically stands for -- Recreational Vehicle. That is what Robert Munro (Robin Williams) used to travel to a vital corporate Alpine Soda Company meeting in Mount Watson, CO.
The meeting will fall smack dab in the middle of the family's intended vacation to Hawaii. After 19 years of marriage and two kids now teenagers, the Hawaii vacation would probably be their last their last vacation together as a family.
So, Robert could not go to Hawaii and still keep his job. Desperately wanting to have a vacation with the family one more time, maybe their last, Robert used some underhandedness to convince his family to go on a camping vacation in Colorado instead of going to Hawaii.
One of the tools he used to redirect his family's interest was the increased togetherness that could be enjoyed on a RV trip rather than the familial disconnect that would likely happen in Hawaii as they each followed their own interests once there.
But the real reason Robert convinced his family to go to Colorado instead of Hawaii was Robert's job depended on him being at the Alpine Soda meeting. And going by RV instead of flying would give him more time together with the family -- and more time to write the special presentation required for the meeting.
It seems filmmakers just don't seem to understand desensitization. Or maybe they rely on it? [Ps. 12:8] "We have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible." - TC
Under the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) system of film rating, films presenting issues of "lesser" assault on morality are given less severe ratings such as G and PG. Films presenting more extreme or bold assaults on morality are given more severe ratings such as PG-13 and R. That is all well and good, but the MPAA does not seem to understand the following.
Saturating a film with "lesser" assaults on morality and decency, while meriting a lesser rating under the MPAA system, can achieve the same moral envelope or "effect" as using fewer but more extreme assaults typical of more severely rated films. Indeed, witnessing many "lesser" assaults on morality in a given time, say, 90 minutes can be just as morally corruptive and potentially more so than using fewer but more extreme assaults. This is a "picture" of RV. Please see our CAP Rule of 1000 for more information.
With a dozen uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary and one muffled use of the most foul of the foul words in this PG film [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17], it is becoming more clear that the MPAA acceptance standards are evaporating. And though the eight uses of God's name in vain, though without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11], may not be offensive to the MPAA it is to God. Robert's 15 year old daughter, Cassie (Joanna Levesque) was particularly acidic with abusing God's name, as if that is the way tweenagers are supposed to talk. I wonder whether anyone on the MPAA board (or in the film making industry) is aware of Luke 17:2? Or Matt. 25:40?
I so wish we could have afforded to get this report to you much sooner. I just heard on the news that RV is number one in America its first weekend. Says a lot about the entertainment diet to which so many have become accustomed, doesn't it. "We have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible."
The use of a youth being rebellious and arrogant to her parents is typical of many PG films but not previously so caustic as to be so expensive to the starting 100 points in Impudence/Hate. [Isa. 30:1] And there are a couple instances of the mother agreeing with and echoing the daughters insults of the father. [Matt. 12:25]
While history has shown PG films to present some rude stares, a sexual innuendo or two and toilet humor such as smearing fecal matter, PG film making has now been permitted to portray a teenager viewing a naked adult, face to face (at least that is the polite way to put it) and a young girl's father speaking of his nudity to her. At no time were any genitals visible but if I were to only speak of, for example a stool plunger, the image of a stool plunger would form in your mind. Depending on a number of factors, that image may not go away ... for years. If ever. The bullet was not seen hitting Old Yeller but you can bet a lot of folks envisioned a dead dog after Travis pulled the trigger ... and have not forgotten it ... due to the manufacturing of emotions filmmakers do for a living.
There were also plethora of uses of dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure of an adolescent girl as well a an adult woman. These are in addition to the locker room innuendo typical of some previous PG films which today, as demonstrated by RV, come as innuendo of intercourse. [Eph. 5:4]
"We have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible."
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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