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Franklin Lazlo (Tom Arnold) is desperate. His carnival is on the skids and he hasn't got the money to make his next payroll. He tries robbery, with little result except to have the police, some professional robbers, and a meter-maid (Rhea Perlman) chasing him. On the way, he takes uptight and harried children's carpool father Daniel Miller (David Paymer) and a van full of children hostage. Franklin and the children get up to some wild hijinks all over town, and gradually the starchy Daniel begins to loosen up. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Watching a Tom Arnold movie is like getting trapped in a room with a barking dog for 90 minutes."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A clunker of a chase movie that gets more mileage out of its cut-the-cheese jokes than it does from the this comic duo."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"This attempt at entertaining knockabout comedy is a perfect example of Hollywood dumbing down and treating its audience like idiots."
‑ Robert Sellers, Radio Times
"Indifferently directed and almost aggressively tedious, we'd call it cliched if they'd even bothered getting the cliches right."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There's enough harmless, dumb fun here to keep the tykes quiet for a couple of hours, and that as much as the movie may be worth the price of admission."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"Carpool, the new Tom Arnold comedy, is one ride to avoid, unless truly idiotic car-chase slapstick comedies are the destination genre."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"What is this, an idea?"
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"Loud, silly and choc-a-block with madcap slapstick, Hiller's film may have an alarming plot premise but it's innocent enough for all but the youngest kids to enjoy."
‑ Billy Mowbray, Film4
"The whole madcap production is at best faintly amusing, at worst, painfully protracted."
‑ Darren Bignell, Empire Magazine
"A really unfunny comedy that makes the Three Stooges' shorts seem like humorous masterpieces."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A ramshackle if amiable chase comedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The humor is too feeble to overcome the repetitive lethargy of the formulaic storyline."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Despite its "family comedy" packaging, parents may balk at taking kids to Carpool, where kidnapping at gunpoint is intended to trigger humor."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"the wheel's fall off this thing pretty early on"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Nothing about the movie makes much sense:"
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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