VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: Road Trip (2000)

Road Trip (2000) –
Clio: 4.6/5 stars, 8.6/10.
Carolyn: 4.6/5 stars, 8.6/10.
Native ratings: 3.5/5 stars Netflix, 6.4/10 IMDB.

The director/co-writer of this movie (Todd Phillips) later went on to direct Old School, The Hangover 1-3, and Due Date — most of which he also co-wrote. He also co-wrote Borat. So suffice to say: This is the early work of a comedic genius of a writer-director, and it most definitely held up to a second viewing. It’s been so long since we saw at the Arlington Drafthouse, we were even wondering if we liked it better the second time around.

College road trip caper sex comedy? That’d kind of an ideal type of movie for us! And this movie is even complimented by people who normally hate that kind of thing. Some say this one “transcends the genre”. That’s a bit of an overblown description, but this movie is real good for what it is.

On paper, it sounds derivative, formulaic, and generic. In practice, it’s an excellent instance of this kind of movie that we’ve all seen before. One that should be revisited and that is worth watching twice!


Breckin Meyer as main character Josh Parker (Robot Chicken, Joseph Gribble in King Of The Hill, Titan Maximum, Jon in the 2004 & 2006 Garfield movies, 54, Clueless).
His girlfriend Tiffany, the child-hood sweetheart turned long-distance relationship, is played by Rachel Blanchard (Snakes On A Plane, Without A Paddle, 62 eps of Clueless, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?). She looks absolutely amazing as a redhead–better than any of her blondeish IMDB pics.
Amy Smart as new-love-interest Beth Wagner (6 eps of Robot Chicken, Crank 1/2, Mirrors, Starship Troopers, Just Friends).

His roadtrip buddies are played by:
Seann William Scott as the guy Seann William Scott always plays (Stifler in the American Pie movies, Goon, Bo in The Dukes Of Hazzard movie(s), Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Dude Where’s My Car?, Final Destination, Role Models, Old School, Evolution).
Paulo Costanzo as the scientist pothead (Puff Puff Pass, Joey’s brother in the Joey Friends-spinoff).
DJ Qualls as the wimpy friend (we JUST saw him in Small Apartments, but seeing Road Trip under his name on IMDB was what prompted us to watch this movie. He is also in The New Guy, 1 ep of Breaking Bad, and Senior Trip).

Tom Green as Barry Manilow, the guy who is afraid to leave campus and is obsessed with feeding the snake. His college campus tour provided the framing device for the rest of the movie, which is just a story he was telling a tour group.

The douchebag who tries to get get Breckin Meyer to fail his exam is Anthony Rapp (Dazed And Confused, Adventures In Babysitting, Twister, A Beautiful Mind).

We also have:
Andy Dick as the motel clerk.
Ethan Suplee as Ed (Fanboys, The Fountain, Without A Paddle, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Mallrats).
Horatio Sanz as French Toast Guy (Wreck-It Ralph, Year One, Step Brothers).
Ellen Albertini Dow as Mrs. Manilow (Barry’s Grandma) (Not Another Not Another Movie, Wedding Crashers, Disco Dotty in 54. Carolyn recognized her and said, “She’s a very recognizable Old Lady”. This is one of the few actors Carolyn recognizes and Clio doesn’t).
Mary Lynn Rajskub as a blind chick (Safety Not Guaranteed, Chloe O’Brian in 24, Mysterious Skin, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Man On The Moon, Magnolia, The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show With Bob And David).

Who would have guessed it was Jimmy Kimmel who was the voice of the Dog?
Todd Barry as Campus Security #1 (Delocated, Wanderlust, 3 eps of Bob’s Burgers, 3 eps of Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, Brian the Alter Boy in Lucy: The Daughter Of The Devil, 1 eps of Tom Goes To The Mayor, 1 ep of Wonder Showzen, 2 eps of Squidbillies, 3 eps of O’Grady, 13 eps of Dr. Katz). It’s always a shame that I don’t really recognize minor players like this, despite benefiting from their contributions for 20 years.

By the way, the big girl who seduced DJ Qualls died of fatness. Not really, but she had to have knee surgery. Probably because knees aren’t meant to support that kind of weight. Complications killed her. That is too bad. She was good looking for a BBW.