Carpool is a 1996 comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller, starring David Paymer, Tom Arnold, Rhea Pearlman, Rachael Leigh Cook and Rod Steiger.


Workaholic advertising executive of Bauer & Cole, Daniel Miller has an important business meeting, but he finds himself having to drive the neighborhood carpool for his sons, Bucky & Andrew and their friends, Chelsea, Kayla and Travis when his wife gets sick.

Stopping to get Danish for the kids at Hammerman's Gourmet To Go grocery store, things go even more awry when he finds himself a victim of a robbery. The situation worsens as Franklin Laszlo (the desperate owner of Laszlo Bros. Carnival who had been contemplating a bank robbery of Puget Savings and Loan) robs the robbers and takes Daniel and the kids hostage in their Toyota Previa van as his truck is blocked by an armored car.

A comedic car chase ensues through Seattle and Daniel discovers the kids do not really respect him & they react better to Franklin.


  • David Paymer as Daniel Miller
  • Tom Arnold as Franklin Laszlo
  • Rhea Perlman as Martha
  • Rod Steiger as Mr. Hammerman
  • Kim Coates as Detective Erdman
  • Rachael Leigh Cook as Kayla
  • Mikey Kovar as Andrew Miller
  • Micah Gardener as Bucky Miller
  • Jordan Blake Warkol as Travis
  • Colleen Rennison as Chelsea
  • Ian Tracey as Neil
  • John Trench as Jerry
  • Stellina Rusich as Mrs. Miller
  • David Kaye as Scott Lewis
  • Obba Babatundè as Jeffery
  • Edie McClurg, Kathleen Freeman, and Miriam Flynn as the voices of Franklin's mother


"Carpool" was filmed in Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond and Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.


Box OfficeEdit

"Carpool" wasn't given an advance screening, it flopped at the box office, debuting at #10 at the box office, grossing $1,628,482. Domestically, it grossed $3,325,651 and failed to recoup the budget of $17 million.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Carpool" received negative reviews, with many critics panning its poor plot and acting.

It has a Metacritic rating at 15/100 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 13% "rotten" rating based on 23 reviews.

Rita Kempley from the Washington Post called it "a clunker of a chase movie".

The Austin Chronicle's Marjorie Baumgarten said, "Nothing about the movie makes much sense".


1997 Razzie Awards

  • Worst Actor: Tom Arnold (won) (along with "Big Bully"; tied with Pauly Shore)

Theatrical TrailerEdit

Carpool Movie Trailer

Carpool Movie Trailer

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