Carpool Review

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A man (Paymer) with an important business meeting finds himself having to take care of the carpool for the neighborhood school children when his wife gets sick.


Uptight ad man David Paymer is saddled with driving his kids to school in the carpool (Yank lingo for sharing lifts in the same neighbourhood) on the day of a major presentation.

A stuttering, ill-fated journey swerves way off course, however, when desperate carnival owner Tom Arnold knocks off a gourmet snack shop, after robbing the men who were robbing it, and flees using Paymer's kid-riddled spacewagon (His getaway car is stuck in the car park).

Arnold's a buffoon, but the kids love him; Paymer's a geek, but learns how to have fun, both hold the energy up well and their delivery of the few funny lines is sound. With the sickly sweet rent-a-kids support the jokes with the usual high-jinx.

The whole madcap production is at best faintly amusing, at worst, painfully protracted.