Road Trip

When it's not wasting time with character, this deliberately dumb collegiate comedy is good for a few laughs of the big butts and sex variety, but not much else. Sweethearts since childhood, Josh (Breckin Meyer) and Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) go off to separate colleges — he moves to upstate New York, she's in Texas — and try to do the long-distance-relationship...read more

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When it's not wasting time with character, this deliberately dumb collegiate comedy is good for a few laughs of the big butts and sex variety, but not much else. Sweethearts since childhood, Josh (Breckin Meyer) and Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) go off to separate

colleges — he moves to upstate New York, she's in Texas — and try to do the long-distance-relationship thing, complete with endless phone calls, mushy videotapes and all. But in a moment of weakness, Jake gives into temptation with a lithe, leggy blonde (Amy Smart) who records the whole

sordid act on a tape that Jake's brainy pothead roommate Rubin (Paulo Costanzo) accidentally mails to Tiffany. Now Jake's got three days to get from Ithaca to Austin and intercept the tape, and he can't afford airfare. Along for the ride are best friend E.L. (Seann William Scott), Rubin and Kyle

(DJ Qualls, the movie's secret weapon), a 90-pound virgin who has no self-esteem but does have the keys to a shiny Ford Taurus. There's no classic bit on par with anything in AMERICAN PIE or THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, but a mouse gets licked, French toast is shoved down a pair of dirty

sweat pants then eaten, and an old man sports a startlingly large erection. And when director Todd Phillips runs out of inspiration, he isn't too proud to pilfer the past: The cheesy group singalong is straight out of WAYNE'S WORLD, and the questionable laugh riot of seeing a bunch of uncool white

boys surrounded by a large group of vaguely threatening black men hasn't been tried — wisely — since ANIMAL HOUSE. Oddly, the film's chief selling point, "edgy" MTV comedian Tom Green, is also the movie's biggest bore: He's the film's narrator, and his gross-out shtick wears very thin,

very fast.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
  • Review: When it's not wasting time with character, this deliberately dumb collegiate comedy is good for a few laughs of the big butts and sex variety, but not much else. Sweethearts since childhood, Josh (Breckin Meyer) and Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) go off to sep… (more)

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