College Road Trip

Synopsis: Melanie Porter (Raven-Symone)is a talented high school graduate who has selected a University 800 miles from home. Her over protective father, James (Martin Lawrence) doesn't want her to be so far away, so he cooks up a plot to try to convince her to go to a local University. On the guise of going to her selected university, he forces a visit to his preferred (close to home) school. This is a typical road trip movie with lost cars, bumming rides on buses and planes, covering that difficult time of life when a father loses control of his daughter.
Director(s): Roger Kumble
Production: Buena Vista
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

Okay. Life lesson.

A lot of people think

the moment a parent lets go

of their child is at the wedding.

Not me.

Think he's crying because

he's giving away his daughter?


It's because she's marrying this guy.

Truth is, he said goodbye years ago,

the day she left home.

The trouble starts here.

College application season.

With over 4,000 colleges in the US,

I developed five reasons for choosing

the perfect one for my little girl.

Academics, distance from home,

campus safety, distance from home,

and last but not least,

distance from home.

Which led us to the best choice.


Forty miles from our house.

Safe, great education.

I can get there in 28 minutes, clocked.

Now, you can never

start a plan too early.

I'm James Porter, Police Chief,

husband, dad,

and the best part of my plan?

When Melanie finished high school,

she'd be going to Northwestern.


You're in! You in!



Counsel for the defense

will now make her closing statement.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,

my client, Mr. Wolf,

has been accused of horrible crimes.

- Destruction of property...

- That's my baby.

I know that's right.

- But he is innocent of both.

- Objection! Speculative.

I'll allow it. Proceed.

The State has not presented

a single shred of conclusive evidence.

Yes, there is a house made of sticks,

and one of straw,

but they were both built to code.

That being said,

a huff and a puff is not enough!

Let me hear you say it.

A huff and a puff is not enough!

- Objection!

To what?



Mr. Foreman, have you

reached a decision?

We have, Your Honor.

We find the defendant not guilty.


- Congratulations!

- Thank you.

- Congratulations.

- Thanks, Katie.

My turn!


Daddy's girl!




Baby girl,

you knocked it out of the park.

Thank you.

- But you do know he was guilty, right?

- Dad, this is legal theory.

Everything's not just black and white,

there are shades of gray.

Yeah, well, gray is just guilty

with a good excuse.

- No, actually, it's just...

- Okay, okay, okay, okay.

You both have interesting points,

but the trial is over.

Now, Mama's rule is we go home

and celebrate.

Yes. Okay, wait. I've got to

get something out of my locker.

- Excuse me.

- Oh, my goodness!

Miss Porter. Well done.

Wow. Thank you, Your Honor.

Your teacher mentioned

you're interested in my alma mater.

Georgetown? Yes, sir.

Although it doesn't matter,

because I've been wait-listed.

You know, an old classmate of mine

works in Admissions at Georgetown.

No guarantees,

but I could give him a call...

(GASPS) Oh, my goodness! Yes!

- Thank you, thank you, thank you!

- (CHOKING) I'll take that as a "yes."

You're obstructing my airway.

They're going to love my special sauce.

- Smells good, baby.

- Thank you. Thank you.


- Everything all right?

- Albert just beat me at chess. Again!


Stop gloating, Albert!

Nobody likes a sore winner.


I need 13ccs of orange juice, please.

- Thirteen ccs coming right up, baby.

- Thank you, Mother.

He's playing chess with a pig.

He's just going through a phase.

A phase is

when they want to be a cowboy.

- Trey's got issues.

- Now hold up, now.

Kids with high IQs,

they got big imaginations.

And something about that pig,

he keeps eyeballing me,

like I'm cooking his cousin.

Pig ain't eyeballing you.


See, he's doing it right now!

Baby, look! He's doing it.

What? It's all in your head, James.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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