Road Trip

Year: 2000
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Written By: Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong

RYAN’S REVIEW

Back at the turn of the millennium, if you had missed American Pie the year before or just wanted more of the same then this film was the one for you. The two movies are very similar, even featuring Seann William Scott in practically the same role, but they feature a formula that works. This is a really funny movie whether it was more of the same or not.

For those of us who remember it’s good for a laugh but just to clue in the younger generations there is something interesting here. Believe it or not there was a time when Tom Green was considered one of the funniest guys around. At least he was for my generation when I was 15 and 16. Maybe it was just my age at the time but MTV seemed like the center of the universe then and they thought Tom Green was a rare find. It was around the time this movie came out and that weirdo was literally everywhere. Odd as it is, at the time he actually gave some vague sense of credibility to a film featuring mainly unknown actors. At that young and immature age I thought Green was funny but good for me and the entire comedy genre that he was simply a flash in the pan. The man took it too far and anybody that questions or doesn’t know that need look no further than Freddy Got Fingered. An appalling movie to say the least and I saw it when I was 17, an aged that specifically had to be the target audience. If it was too much for me as the immature age of 17 I can’t imagine anybody else out there could stomach it easily. For anybody who ever wonders, “what ever happened to Tom Green?” you really only have to see part of what happened when a studio was foolish enough to give Green full control over a film. Nobody should ever see the whole thing, I did, and I can assure you that no matter where you stop that it continues to get worse.

I was 15 when American Pie came out so in 2000 I was more than happy to see more of Stifler in a film. In this movie Seann William Scott does little more than re-enact his prior role but I was and am cool with that because I like the character. In this movie he is simply E.L. but nobody ever did or will remember that name because he is simply Stifler. Not that there is anything at all wrong with that though. In the identical role Scott is very funny and helps carry the film.

This movie garners little discussion as it really doesn’t require any thought to enjoy. More importantly it does nothing at all to inspire thought so there is little to say. However, before closing up there is one more thing I would like to mention, DJ Qualls. What a funny guy who never had any hope to go any farther than these types of roles could offer him. The very awkward and ultra skinny Qualls could never hope to be more than a type cast actor but he is hilarious none the less. This was his first movie and he popped up in plenty of things over the years before finding more steady work in recent years on TV.

Little else to mention here. This is a movie you’ve seen before but it’ll get a laugh or two out of you all the same. If you find yourself in the mood for a good laugh that you don’t have to think about then you won’t be wasting your time with this one. There is nothing to love here but plenty to laugh at.

NEXT MOVIE: Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

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