Road Trip (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

You've been going with the same girl since you were in kindergarten. Now you're both in college, you in Ithaca, she in Austin, and you still send her a sincere videotaped message every week.

Things seem to change. She's distant. She's ducking your calls. It's obvious to you that she's breaking it up. You drown your sorrows by having hot sex with another student, and that particular vixen is so hot she wants to tape it.

More complications enter your life:

  • Your girl isn't really dumping you at all. She didn't return all those phone calls because she had a legitimate family crisis.
  • Your dumb-ass roommate mails off the wrong tape - the hot sex tape - to your girlfriend.
There's only one thing you can do - drive across the country in a mad frenzy, to get her Monday mail before she does.

Of course, you must bring along some friends and the dorky guy whose car you have to borrow, and make it a

Road Trip


Amy Smart does a lovely and extended topless scene.

Topless exposure from: Jaclyn DeSantis, Aliya Campbell, Aerica D'Amaro, Bridget Wise

Several other women are gratuitously naked in a pictorialization of Tom Green's story, including some frontals.

The required things must happen, as per the Animal House Rules, so do the following:
  • wreck the car
  • steal a bus from a school for the blind
  • talk back to adults and parents
  • donate sperm to get gas money

I think you have the idea.

DVD info from Amazon

  • Anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen.

  • Featurette wth Tom Green on "the making of ..."

  • seven deleted scenes

  • music video by The Eels

  • DVD ROM: lame trivia game and screen savers.

That crazy canuck, Tom Green, is the one roommate who doesn't go along. He stays behind because someone has to feed the snake, and he enjoys watching the mice die. Plus he's never left Ithaca, and his name is Barry Manilow.

More important to the structure of the film, leaving Green behind gives him a chance to do plot exposition in the form of his usual dazed schtick and gross-out humor, at which he is the master.  You see, the entire story is narrated by Green in flashback, which is the ideal setup for inappropriate nudity and jokes because - well, he's telling the story and he'll tell it his way, truth or no truth!

It's a pretty funny update of the traditional college humor pic. You might say that Road Trip is to Animal House as American Pie is to Fast Times, or something like that. In my estimation, American Pie was an instant classic, actually a much better movie than Fast Times, joining the immortals in the coming-of-age market. Road Trip isn't a classic, but it has all the right ingredients for the genre, keeps the mood light, and is good, smutty fun with gross-outs and naked chicks. I enjoyed it.

Tuna's comments in yellow:

Road Trip (2000) is usually reviewed as a school exploitation comedy, and compared to such films as Animal House, Ferris Buller's Day Off, American Pie, etc. For me, it was a buddy/road movie. It never tries to be more than it is, and even the ending reveals no great moral truths. This is a good thing. Pretensions would have killed it. It is a story of wacky college buddies who are in a crisis, trying to get from Ithaca to Austin in a weekend to fetch an erotic home video before the long term girlfriend of the male star of the video gets back to her dorm and sees it. It is really the oddball characters and the way they relate to each other that made the film for me.

It is not a great film, but it is a very entertaining film. The film may not cure cancer, but it should get you laughing.

The Critics Vote ...

  • Super-panel consensus two and a half stars. James Berardinelli 2.5/4, Roger Ebert 2/4, BBC 4/5

The People Vote ...

  • It was successful financially. It grossed $68 million, and was made for only $16 million.

Miscellaneous ...

The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C+. (Scoop) or C (Tuna). Good to excellent youthploitation flick.

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