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Uptight lawyer Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is tricked into taking his recently widowed, lecherous and foul-mouthed grandfather Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro) on a road trip to Florida for spring break. Chaos ensues…!

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Year of release: 2016

Director: Dan Mazer

Writers: John Phillips

Main cast: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Jason Mantzoukas, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Hough

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Genre: Comedy

Highlights: De Niro (goes without saying), filthy humour

Lowlights: Honestly, I found the very ending a bit ick. But it didn’t detract from the overall hilarity

Overall: If you don’t like sex or drug jokes, you might not go for it. Otherwise, give it a whirl if you need a good belly laugh

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Bob Munro (Robin Williams), his wife Jamie (Cheryl Hines) and their two children rent an RV for a holiday trip to Colorado, and predictably everything that can go wrong, does.

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Year of release: 2006

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Writer: Geoff Rodkey

Main cast: Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Daniels, Kristin Chenoweth

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Genre: Comedy

Highlights: Robin Williams (of course), Jeff Daniels, some truly silly slapstick comedy

Lowlights: None really. It was never going to be a film to set the world on fire but it’s undemanding fun

Overall: I enjoyed it and would recommend it to fans of the Vacation movies and other movies of that ilk

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When Shelby Sloane is given a rare, bright yellow 1966 Mustang for her birthday, she decides to drive it from her home in New York, across to Mendocino, California, to find the mother who left when Shelby was just a child.  Her sometime friend Gina comes along for the ride, with her own motives.

Along the way, Shelby breaks their ‘no hitchhiking’ rule and picks up a hitchhiker in the shape of wild and carefree, pink haired Candy Cane.  What Shelby and Gina don’t know is that Candy is running away from a life so desperate and dark that the two girls cannot begin to imagine it, until they realise that their own lives are in danger.

Along the way, the girls learn some lessons about life, love and themselves.

I enjoyed this offering from Paullina Simons – an author I have always enjoyed  The character of Candy was fascinating – not always likeable, but always interesting to read about.  Generally the story flew along at an exciting pace, although in the middle, I felt it ‘sagged’ slightly.  However, the first and final thirds of the book were excellent.

The book is told from Shelby’s point of view, and this meant that at times, knowing what we as the reader do of Shelby’s mind set, some of the decisions she made seemed implausible.  Her friend Gina, who was probably the most unsympathetic of the three main characters, was more believeable in that regard.  As I have always found to be the case in Paullina Simons’ novels, the characters are well drawn and fully rounded out, making them easy to believe in, if not always easy to like.

However, none of these slight criticisms detract from the fact that this book, on the whole, is a real page turner, with genuine tension for the reader, as the girls face fresh problems and fewer solutions, the further along their journey they go.

(Author’s website can be found here.)

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