Road Trip

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Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger

Starring: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart

Director: Todd Phillips

Many comedies that set out to be outrageous fail to even raise a smile. Sometimes enough material can be gathered to make a good but deceptive trailer but that’s about it. ROAD TRIP could have easily fallen into this black hole but surprise, surprise……it succeeds where many others fail and is truly a very funny well made movie.

It’s a fairly simple storyline. Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) and Josh (Breckin Meyer) have been together since they were kids but are now at separate colleges (Tiffany in Austin, Texas and Josh in Ithaca, New York) and are pursuing a long distance but faithful relationship. Temptation gets the better of Josh though in the form of the gorgeous Beth (Amy Smart) but a videotape of them having sex gets accidentally sent to long distance girlfriend Tiffany. Tiffany is away for a few days which gives Josh a window of opportunity to travel to her college in Austin and get the tape back before she sees it.

The problem is he’s got no money, or at least very little so there’s no travelling by plane, train of even bus. The only option is to borrow a car and go on a ‘road trip’. Not forgetting his closest friends for company, support and lots of gags, the scene is set, but will they make it in time, and does Tiffany still love Josh or is new love Beth that he really wants?

On a thin storyline ROAD TRIP is well made enough to keep you interested and laughing to the end. The main characters on the road trip, Josh, E.L., Kyle and Rubin are so believable you would think they are playing themselves and Amy Smart is so gorgeous she could tempt the devil!

All in all this has all the right ingredients and is a must see if you have any sense of humour at all.

6 out of 6 stars