Adam Graham Detroit News Film Critic Published 9:45 p.m. UTC Jul 5, 2018 All families have their quirks, especially movie families heading on a road trip. But the family in "Boundaries" has the market cornered on quirks: single mom Laura (Vera Farmiga) takes in so many stray animals that she has to lie to her therapist about it, teenage son Henry (Lewis MacDougall) gets tossed out of school because he can't stop drawing naked pictures of his teachers, and grandpa Jack (Christopher Plummer) is a weed dealer who tricks his family into a West Coast road trip so he can make his round of deliveries. "Boundaries" could easily fall apart as its eccentricities mount. But the performances — especially from Farmiga and Plummer — keep it afloat, and help it rise above the typical I'm-messed-up-you're-messed-up-we're-all-messed-up! clichés. After Jack is kicked out of his retirement home, Laura and Henry drive him from Portland to Los Angeles where he'll … [Read more...] about Movie review: Family road trip comedy ‘Boundaries’ stays on course
Family road trips
Before children, or B.C., road trips were these amazing escapes from real life. I happily spent hours and hours driving with friends to our destinations — and as the saying goes, half the fun was getting there. We'd sing along to the radio, gorge on junk food and catch up on each other's lives. The fun continued when my husband and I would hit the road — again, before children. Related: Tech-Free Travel: Road-Trip Games, No Screen Necessary Once we added two kids to the mix, road trips became a lot harder thanks to unplanned emergency stops, unsuccessful attempts to entertain bored little ones and all the planning around packing for young kids. We're now quite a few years into this whole parenthood experience. While we're still fumbling our way through it, there's one area of family life that's gotten easier: road trips. While the tween and teen years aren't known for their smooth sailing, now that my sons are older, road trips are actually becoming fun again. Here … [Read more...] about We Really Like Each Other! Stuff I Learned on My Family Road Trip
Suddenly, old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they’re on the rise. Websites, newspapers, magazines and even books are featuring road trips like they’re the next big thing — even though they’re actually a longstanding American tradition steeped in nostalgia and pop culture, from the 1950s Beat Generation literary classic “On the Road” to the 1983 comedy movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” On Instagram, the hashtag #roadtrip shows up 37 million times. In some ways, the comeback of this 20th century-style vacation is surprising in an era when “time has become more far more precious than money, a priceless commodity not to be squandered lumbering along down endless miles of highway,” writes Richard Ratay in his upcoming book, “Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip.” In other words, why spend 18 hours driving 1,200 miles when you could get there in two … [Read more...] about Are old-fashioned road trips trendy again?
Dodge The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus is capable of taking on even the most adventurous road trip. School is out, summer is in full swing and family road trips are marked on the calendar. Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram wants to make the family vacation a little more luxurious and convenient this summer with the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus. Capable of taking on even the most adventurous road trip, the 3.6-liter V-6 engine will get families where they need to go, especially with a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. With added handling benefits such as the six-speed automatic transmission and touring suspension system, road trips will be a lot smoother from the driver’s perspective. Power sliding side doors and available power liftgate also give additional simplicity when loading and unloading travelers. Not having enough storage space is now an issue of the past with the Dodge Caravan. With seating for seven, there is plenty of room for the kids and luggage. The … [Read more...] about Chapman Dodge’s Grand Caravan ready for family road trip
It’s no secret we love the 2018 BMW M140i. So much so, CarAdvice recently bought one. It’s a proper quick hot hatch and is a fun and affordable European option at around $60,000. But is it comfortable enough to handle a 1400km round trip with its driver and two passengers? This M140i here is not the car CarAdvice owns. That one is safely locked up in our Sydney garage. This car starts at $59,990 before on-roads, adding in options for metallic paint at $1190, electric glass sunroof at $2600, and lumbar support for the front seats at $403, bringing it to $64,183 before on-roads. Features include front and rear park distance control, rear-view camera, forward collision warning, active LED headlamps, and lane departure warning. My sister, her fiancé, and I decided to visit our parents’ new house just south of Batemans Bay, in Moruya Heads in NSW. From Shepparton, Victoria, it’s a total of 669km each way with over seven hours of travelling without factoring … [Read more...] about A family road trip in the 2018 BMW M140i