College Road Trip

Last Updated on: May 22nd, 2024

College Road Trip (2008 Movie)

“College Road Trip” is a family comedy film released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2008. The movie stars Martin Lawrence as James Porter, an overprotective father, and Raven-Symoné as his ambitious daughter, Melanie Porter.

The story revolves around Melanie, a high school senior who dreams of attending Georgetown University. However, her father, a police chief, wants her to stay closer to home at Northwestern University. In an attempt to keep an eye on Melanie and help her make the right decision, James plans a road trip to visit various colleges along the way, including Northwestern.

The road trip becomes a series of comedic misadventures as James and Melanie, along with the family’s pet pig, Albert, encounter various challenges and obstacles during their journey. They meet quirky characters, face unexpected detours, and learn more about each other in the process.

Throughout the film, Melanie strives to assert her independence and prove to her father that she can make responsible decisions about her future. At the same time, James must learn to trust his daughter and let go, accepting that she is growing up and ready to face the world on her terms.

“College Road Trip” explores themes of family, love, and the transition from adolescence to adulthood. It combines elements of humor, heartwarming moments, and life lessons, making it an enjoyable family-friendly film.

While “College Road Trip” received mixed reviews from critics, it was generally well-received by its target audience and performed moderately well at the box office. The film’s appeal lies in its relatable family dynamics and the chemistry between Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symoné, both of whom deliver charming performances.

College Road Trip

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  • Year Released: 2008
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $51.5 million
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  • Raven-Symoné: Melanie Porter
  • Martin Lawrence: Chief James Porter
  • Eshaya Draper: Trey Porter
  • Donny Osmond: Doug Greenhut
  • Molly Ephraim: Wendy Greenhut.
  • Kym Whitley: Michelle Porter
  • Brenda Song: Nancy Carter
  • Margo Harshman: Katie
  • Arnetia Walker: Grandma Porter
  • Vincent Pastore: Freddy
  • Lucas Grabeel: Scooter
  • Benjamin Patterson: Tracy
  • Will Sasso: Deputy O’Mally
  • Geneva Carr: Mrs. O’Mally
  • Josh Meyers: Deputy Stuart
  • Julia Frisoli: Mrs. Greenhut
  • Michael Landes: Donny
  • Kristian Kordula: Nick
  • Joseph R. Gannascoli: Mr. Arcarra
  • Kelly Coffield Park: Sorority House Mother
  • Brianna Shea Russo: Ally


  • Director: Roger Kumble
  • Producer: Andrew Gunn
  • Music: Edward Shearmur

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