VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: EuroTrip (2004) [Road Trip 2]

Clio: 3.6/5 stars, 7/10.
Carolyn: 3.4/5 stars, 7/10.
Native ratings: 3.6/5 stars Netflix (compared to 3.5/5 for Road Trip), 6.5/10 IMDB (compared to 6.4/10 for Road Trip).

Isn’t that odd? A sequel that actually received a [as slightly as possibly] higher rating than the original, where I disagree that it should be rated higher. Usually I complain that sequels are always downvoted. Here is one where they finally didn’t do that, and I still have a problem with it: They’re wrong. The original Road Trip  (2000) is definitely better than this!

This movie was good, but not great.  I really liked it, but more of a barely-really-liked-it, thus my 3.6/5 star rating. The sex gags involved dudes a lot more than the previous one, so while they were equally funny, they weren’t as titillating.  It was just a little too convenient.  The things that happened should have had worse consequences.  Instead, things happened, and it just didn’t seem to have that much of an impact.  Maybe there wasn’t enough conflict or something.  It was just like [highlight for spoilers] , “Yeah, they ended up in London, but hey, now they’re in Paris, no problem.”  Things like that happened the entire movie.  “Oh we have no money, and hitchhiked to a place that doesn’t even have a train station built, no problem.”

High-school graduate decides to take an impromptu trip to Europe with some friends in order to track down a penpal/possible love interest.

If it was going to have a requirement of that much suspension of belief, then they should have made it funnier… It seemed to lack a little bit to me. But I still enjoyed it enough. I didn’t dislike it. I almost really liked it.

At least see it for seeing Xena in a latex dominatrix outfit. We need that closure after Xena ended and she DIDN’T fuck Gabrielle.

Directed and co-written by: Jeff Schaffer (writer for Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Dictator, Bruno).
Co-writer & uncredited co-director: Alec Berg (writer for Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Dictator, Late Night W/Conan O’Brien).
Co-writer & uncredited co-director: David Mandel (writer Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Dictator, all 6 eps of Clerks:TAS, Saturday Night Live).

So we have some talented people making this movie, and some talented people in this movie:

Michelle Trachtenberg as the twin girl Jenny (we JUST saw her as the goth girl in Take Me Home Tonight, plus Weeds, 5 eps of Robot Chicken, 4 eps of Six Feet Under, 17 Again, Mysterious Skin).
Travis Wester as twin guy Jamie (1 ep of Six Feet Under, 3 eps of Undressed [wow!], 6 eps of the original Beverly Hills 90210).
Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) as cheating now-ex girlfriend, Fiona.
Matt Damon as a punk band singer.
Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live, Terry in Out There) as Creepy Italian Guy .
Lucy Lawless (Xena) as sexy dominatrix Madame Vandersexxx.
Joanna Lumley (Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous) as the Hostel Clerk we only see in the closing credits.
Pat Kilbane (Pucked, Monkeybone, MADtv) as American Robot Guy.
Nick Jameson as a Reporter. Quite the fall from playing President Yuri Suvarov in 15 eps of 24…
Jeffrey Tambor (George Bluth Sr. in Arrested Development, Hank Kingsley in The Larry Sanders Show, Professor Cakes in 6 eps of China, IL) as Scott’s Dad.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0356150/combined

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!

Cast-wise:

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. http://www.tmz.com/2011/05/11/road-trip-actress-mia-amber-davis-dies-dead-died-plus-size-model-death-rhonda/

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215129/combined