Road Trip (2000)

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Four college buddies embark on a road trip to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a female friend. --IMDb
Review by Chad
Added: July 27, 2005
In this teen comedy, we find college student Josh (Breckin Meyer) in the lead role as a guy trying to hold together a long-distance relationship. You see, he lives in Ithaca, New York, while his girlfriend Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) attends college in Austin, Texas. Josh starts to get a bit worried about the relationship when he can't get up with Tiffany for a few days, so he assumes that she is cheating on him. What is a guy to do when he suspects that his woman is cheating on him? Return the favor, of course. Josh decides to get together with fellow Ithaca student Beth (Amy Smart), and the two record themselves having a long night of premarital sex. The next morning, he decides to show off the tape to his buddies Barry (Tom Green), E.L. (Seann William Scott), Rubin (Paulo Costanzo), and Kyle (D.J. Qualls)... the only problem is that the tape he pops in is the video-message that Josh recorded for Tiffany that was supposed to have been mailed out this morning. For the slower readers out there, this means that the video of Josh and Beth getting it on is now on its way to his girlfriend in Austin, Texas... and to make matters worse, Josh has just found out that Tiffany's grandfather died, which explains her absence. Josh and his buddies decide to make a road trip (hence the title) to Austin in order to recover this video before Tiffany has a chance to see it.

First off, I'm not really a huge fan of teen comedies. Some of them have their moments, but for the most part, they just don't do a whole lot for yours truly. This movie certainly didn't change my opinion on this style of film, and in fact, fits that description to a tee. There's a few funny moments, but for the most part, the movie is just ninety minutes of checking the remaining time display on the DVD player. The problem isn't so much the humor (or lack of it), it's just that feeling of having seen all of this before. What makes that even worse is the fact that I haven't seen a whole lot of the 2000-era teen comedies. We've got the typical style of humor (fart jokes, male chauvinists), the good-looking lead guy who looks like every other lead guy in these films, the annoying buddy (played by Seann William Scott; hasn't he played that exact role in at least three teen comedies?), and of course, the relationship issues which are a requirement for these films. Yawn.

Fans of teen comedies will likely enjoy this one. It's certainly not a bad film for the genre; there's a few funny spots as I mentioned, the acting is acceptable for this type of film, and the storyline moves along nicely. It just all boils down to the whole "been there, done that" thing... if you've seen any of the other films in this genre, you'll know what to expect here. The only real highlight of the movie is the cameo appearance by Andy Dick as the smart-ass motel clerk. Those who don't enjoy his performances (and there's a lot of you) probably won't change their minds after seeing him here, but in my opinion, he completely dominated everyone else in the movie regardless of the fact that he only had about five minutes of screen-time.

Cookie-cutter young males in the lead roles? Check. Plenty of the obligatory T&A? Check (in the unrated version that I watched, anyway). Some disgustingly funny scenes? Check. Originality? Sigh. 4/10.
bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 07/28/2005, 01:45 AM
This film is responsible for launching Todd Phillips into mainstream, and it shall never be forgiven for that. He wants so much to be Bob Clark, but lacks both the talent and the credibility. "Road Trip" is nothing more than sub-par actors given a worthless imitative script and asked to improv primarily. It fails miserably.
Lucid Dreams #2: Lucid Dreams - added 05/16/2010, 11:49 PM
A few funny moments, but other than that this was terrible. 4/10
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