93 Min. | Comedy | October 2000
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Director: Todd Phillips
Staring: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart
Road Trip Review: The basic plot of Road Trip is fantastically simple. Josh and his girlfriend Tiffany have been together forever. To maintain a long distance relationship through college, Josh makes a video to send to her telling her how much he misses her. Later on that evening he makes another video tape of himself and Beth, a fellow student at Ithaca, having sex. You guessed it, the wrong tape is mailed to Tiffany. Josh and his 3 buddies Rubin, E.L and Kyle set off to retrieve it. For the first time in a long while, this film is entirely honest and not at all patronising. If you’re sick of films condemning sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll then your time has come.
The story of Road Trip, is told by Tom Greene, who brings it as some kind of urban legend to future students and their parents who visit the university for the first time. He tells them that three guys went on a trip from Ithaca, New York to Austin, Texas, because they had to retrieve a video cassette. On the tape was supposed to be a video message for the life-long girlfriend of one of them, but instead it features him in bed with another girl. Of course someone has send the tape to her by accident and now he’ll have to get it back before she sees it.
Though slightly disturbing in parts, Road Trip was able to carry off what was a potential cliche. The almost apathetic mood was perfect. Whilst some films try to deal with indepth emotions about each decision made, ‘Road trip’ overlooks everything that we overlook. It’s okay for someone to steal a bus from a blind chick or exploit a rich kid, because your objective is the only thing that matters. The casting was slightly daring with a film debut for Paulo Costanzo and a first time lead for DJ Qualls but the characters were entirely believable and developed well throughout. It’s best not to read too much into Road Trip because it’s essentially about having fun. Which is what it is.