The calm and gritty nature of “Road Trip” is the incorrect mix. The result is a film that appears uncomfortable with itself because it is lovely when it should be filthy or vice versa. It truly wants to be nasty, but every now and then its higher character intervenes and it injects sweetness right in the heart of the filth and the nudity. As we observe it, we feel cruel. If the nakedness were ribald and upbeat, we would appreciate it more, but it feels forced as if the women were told to strip off every five minutes in a film that is only truly focused on sex for profit.
Road Trip Movie Cast and Plot
Barry Manilow (Tom Green), a mice masochist who is hilarious in the role of the Ithaca University tour, tells the story. Despite being in his eighth year at the school, the prospective students he is escorting lose interest in him when they notice his clear ignorance of the university, so he tells them the tale of how four guys wound up taking an 1800-mile road trip from New York to Texas.
Josh and Tiff communicate on the phone, but Josh can tell when she’s losing interest since there are times when she doesn’t pick up. As Beth (Amy Smart), a campus hottie Josh has been flirting with, seduces him one night, they record their sexual encounter for posterity (possibly because they saw it done in “American Pie,” which is probably more likely), or maybe because the creators of “Road Trip” are plagiarising “American Pie,” which is actually more likely.
Josh has created a cute video that he wants to send to Tiffany, but we don’t get points for spotting the obvious, which is that the wrong video ends up in Tiff’s mailbox. As a result, Josh and his friends, who lack transportation, must make an urgent trip to Austin, Texas, to try to fetch the video already when Tiffany sees it. Jacob (Anthony Rapp), a nasty college student whose minor appears to be spying, complicates everything.
Josh takes his friends Rubin (Paulo Costanzo) and E.L. (Seann William Scott), who is from “American Pie,” around in a car that comes to his nerdy friend Kyle (DJ Qualls). E.L. serves as a cross-cultural trivia bookmark. Along the journey, they experience some variations of the typical misadventures, including an embarrassing moment in which these white boys attempt to persuade members of an African-American sorority that they are brothers. Because the latent humor in this scenario would be racist, the movie chooses to keep it hidden, making it as unpleasant as comedy is capable of becoming. As a result, all of the protagonists and white—seem to be hanging around self-consciously avoiding offensive materials.
I’ll leave it to you to decide whether Josh gets to the tape before Tiff does. For the record, I said “determine” rather than “decide” because, to be completely honest, I was perplexed. Due to a fantasy film that was either poorly presented or did not appeal to what I like to think of as my entire intelligence, I first believed she had seen it before learning she had not.
Road Trip Movie Review
The actors are adequate for their parts, though it’s hard to tell whether there of them have range or talent given what they have to do here. Even while Breckin Meyer is kind, not much more, Sean William Scott, who played the sex-obsessed college student in American Pie, has him down to a “T.” DJ Qualls portrays a convincing nerd who, like all movie nerds, has a pivotal experience. The least noticeable of the four leads is Paolo Costanzo, whose depiction of an intelligent drug user frequently blends into the shadows.
It’s easy to predict who will find Road Trip offensive; anyone who enjoyed seeing There’s Something About Mary and American Pie won’t have any issues. Whether such people like Road Trip is a very different matter. The film is shoddily done, but there’s almost a sneaky charm to it, and the patchiness of the production doesn’t take away from the comedy in the scene that sticks out the most. Road Trip may convince some viewers to make the detour to a theatre where it is showing because it is released among so many big-budget giants, but this is a route that might be better avoided until the film is available on video.
Parents should be aware that this film’s R-rated version on video contains even naughtier scenes that were cut out before its theatrical release. Even if they went to the cinema, parents might want to watch the uncensored version of the movie before letting their kids or teenagers watch it because it was likely to obtain an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. There are sexual scenarios, vulgar comedy, obscene language, and a character who uses drugs to mask his sensitivity.