93 Min | Adventure – Comedy | October 2000
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart
Road Trip Review: “Road Trip” (2000) is a school comedy and road trip movie about a likable college guy who wants to stay faithful to his long-time girlfriend. Unfortunately he gives-in to temptation and accidentally sends her a video of him making out with another girl. He and a group of friends rush from Ithaca, NY, to Austin, TX, to recover the evidence before his girlfriend receives it. I initially saw “Road Trip” on TV while on vacation a few years ago and liked it enough to purchase the film recently. The characters are really fleshed out, like the protagonist (Breckin Meyer) who really does want to stay true to his long-distant girlfriend, the “I’m only in college for sex” dude who you can’t help but like for some reason (Seann William Scott), the geek whom the ‘cool’ dudes befriend for selfish purposes (DJ Qualls) and more.
Road Trip is a good movie with a decent storyline that is certainly a cliche college movie but a lovable cast and enjoyable characters make it more watchable that most immature college movies. Its nothing close to a fantastic comedy and certainly not Todd Phillips finest work,but there are still plenty of funny scenes to make this a short fun movie to watch, preferably with friends. The best part of the movie was definitely Breckin Meyer and Seann William Scott, If your taste in comedy is fussy, I wouldn’t recommend Road Trip, but if you want a short movie to have a good few laughs at, it will definitely deliver. Four college students set of on a road trip to stop their buddy’s girlfriend from receiving an explicit home made video tape of her unfaithful boyfriend in action.
Amy Smart also co-stars as the protagonist’s new girlfriend. The only thing that prevents “Road Trip” from achieving A-grade status like, say, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is the unnecessary crude parts. If you can look past this flaw, it’s consistently funny and has great characters. The women aren’t all that great, although Amy Smart is solid. The film runs 95 minutes and was shot mostly in Georgia and Tennessee, but also includes an aerial shot of Harvard (Massachusetts), as well as footage from USC and the University of Texas in Austin.