Road Trip

PLOT:

Josh (Breckin Meyer) and Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) were long time friends but soon high school sweethearts. But they both had to face a long distance relationship when Josh enrolls to University of Ithaca and Tiffany enrolls to the University of Austin. But they made a promise to be true to each other and call each other every day. But when Tiffany doesn’t call Josh, nor answering Josh’s calls, Josh is worrying that Tiffany is seeing another man (actually, her maternal grandfather died). But to show that he is still in love with her, he makes a daily recorded video blog to her. During Josh’s last blog, his friends Rubin Carver (Paulo Costanzo) and Barry Manilow (Tom Green) barge into the video. Barry then keeps checking on Rubin’s snake, Mitch, urging Rubin to over-feed Mitch. Josh tells Rubin to mail in his blog tape to Tiffany before leaving to class.

During Josh’s class time, Josh is flunking Ancient Philosophy class and needs a B+ on his mid-term to pass the semester. But Josh knows that he will flunk anyway. Still worrying about Tiffany, Josh’s friend E.L. (Seann William Scott) encourages Josh to move on to another woman, such as Josh’s friend Beth (Amy Smart) at his party. But Jacob, (Anthony Rapp) the teacher’s assistant, has a huge crush on Beth and she even knows that Josh likes her. Unbeknownst to Josh, he is being set up by Jacob to fail Ancient Philosophy.

During E.L.’s party, Josh attends and E.L. holds a auction for women, including Beth in the bid. Jacob also attends the party, too. Beth convinces Josh to outbid Jacob. But E.L. helps Josh win the bid at $26 when Jacob had $30. But E.L. acclaimed that since Jacob was a teacher’s assistant, his bid didn’t count. But after Josh and Beth dance, they decide to have sex. When they arrive at Josh’s room, Beth decides to record their sex with the same camcorder that Josh uses for his video blogs to Tiffany and they start having sex.

The next day, Barry sings a song called “Tiny Salmon” as Josh arrives in the room in a very jolly mood. He confesses that he had sex with Beth. His friends object and want proof. Josh attempts to play the tape but then realizes that Rubin accidentally sent the sex tape to Tiffany. Josh thens receives a voice mail from Tiffany saying that she didn’t call him because her grandfather died and will be cleaning his house until Monday. Josh decides to go on a road trip due to the fact that he has not enough money for a plane ticket. So Josh and E.L. get Kyle (DJ Qualls) to come along for his car. Kyle is a compulsive worrier who lives in constant fear of his overly strict father, Earl Edwards. So Josh, E.L., Rubin, and Kyle try to head to Austin, Texas for 1,800 miles in less than three days and leave Barry to take care of Mitch.

While Barry is taking care of Mitch, Beth asks him where Josh is. Barry tells her that Josh went to his Tiffany in Boston, in confusion with Austin. Beth then goes to the girls’ showers where everyone is naked for some advice. They suggest that she should go to Boston to tell Tiffany about the situation, which Beth does. However, the Tiffany she confronts in Boston is the wrong one.

But while on the road, the group talk about loop holes and then come across a ten foot gap that they think will waste 5 hours back tracking. But they soon think that they could jump the gap. Kyle objects but they jump it anyway. They make it but the wheels fall off and the car explodes. They continue on foot and stop at a motel. Rubin tries to score marijuana off the Motel Clerk (Andy Dick) and is informed that Kyle’s credit card is maxed out.

Meanwhile, Kyle’s father, Earl (Fred Ward) tries to pay for a meal with the maxed out card, but is denied service. He then begins an all-out search for Kyle when he is informed by the police that Kyle’s car has blown up and Kyle has turned up missing. On their way to Austin, the group goes through a series of hilarious misadventures, such as Rubin successfully bluffing his way into an all-Black fraternity house at the University of Tennessee and a riotous visit with Barry’s grandparents. Since Josh’s books were destroyed in the explosion, he calls his professor and gets an extension on his midterm…..or so he thinks.

The group finally gets to Austin and, once they get to Tiffany’s dorm, Josh intercepts the tape he sent to Tiffany, who has just arrived back at school. Meanwhile, Earl shows up. He is enraged over what happened with the car and the credit card and threatens to take Kyle back home with him. Kyle finally gets the courage to stand up to him and states that he is going back to school with his friends. Josh and Tiffany watch the tape, which turns out to be nothing but Barry mooning for the camera. Beth has found found out where the real Tiffany is and she calls to warn Josh that he has been duped by Jacob. Josh now has 48 hours to get back to school or else he will fail his midterm, fail the course, and, possibly, be kicked out of college. After they talk, Josh and Tiffany agree to break up and remain friends. Josh and his buddies head back to school and Josh arrives just in time to take his midterm – with a little help from Beth. Josh passes the course and he is now free to hook up with Beth and they make more videos together

REVIEW:

Hasn’t there been some pint in time where you just wanted to pack your car, grab some friends and just drive? Well, that is what the idea behind Road Trip was. However, they take us n the weird plot involving a sex tape and a guy who has been with the same girl his whole life…blah, blah, blah.

To confuse matters even more, they heavily advertised Tom Green (who was a big star at the time this was made), but his character was not that big of a deal, when all was said and done. I didn’t really get this, other than they just wanted to capitalize omn his fame, since none of the other actors in this flick were household names at the time.

I was expecting non-stop hilarity with this film, but was disappointed to watch this and find out that it was nothing more than just a string of some bad jokes and sex situations. Granted, they not as bad as they were in the teen comedies of the time, bt still…they were pretty bad.

I can’t say I cared for the casting, except for Breckin Meyer, who is an underrated comedian.

Amy Smart and Rachel Blanchard play the two women who are more or less the object of Josh’s affections. I’d have chosen Rachel, myself.

San William Scott again seems to be channeling his Stifler character, because this guy was close to al his mannerisms and whatnot.

The rest of the cast just seems to be there and cashing in a check. That is so sad, but it is true. One can only imagine what this would have been.

Road Trip is not a good film. Sure, there is an audience for it, and a group of detractors that hate it. I fall somewhere in the middle. Road Trip should have been hilarious from the moment it started until the money had ended, but it was pretty close to being a snooze fest.I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t waste my time (again). There is nothing to see here and, well, it is quite painful to even think about, so I won’t.

2 out of 5 stars

One Response to “Road Trip”

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