Let the teen comedies begin! Eurotrip marks the first sex comedy of 2003, and, continuing the trend, is not worth the matinee price. This one has a bad case of "the trailer is better than the movie."
Eurotrip stars four unknowns (with the exception being "Buffy" star Michelle Trachtenberg) who travel to Europe so that one of the guys, Scott, can hook up with his beautiful German penpal. Of course, in tradition of road trip movies, the three guys and one girl get into all kinds of bad situations, which include nasty sex clubs, psychotic soccer fans, homosexual train passengers and other typical things that one encounters when traveling to the Old World. Unfortunately, all of these events result in very little comedy, other than the jokes that were used to advertise this film in the previews.
All of the actors do a good enough job for this kind of film, but lack the punch that the casts of some of the more successful gross-out comedies of recent years have had. Looking mainly at Road Trip and Old School, the trend seems to be moving toward hiring more established actors to pull off the same gags; here, Dreamworks decided to go cheap is the best decision. Considering the material, it was a pretty good move - just not a good movie.
Eurotrip just lacks the timing and wit that makes comedies funny; the crew thought of some good ideas (though not particularly original ideas) but did a piss poor job of glueing them together. There are several stretches that are plain boring, and other ones that lose their appeal long before the scene ends. All of this is obvious from the first second, as the film starts out with an animated opening credits sequence. Considering the nature of this movie, this animation should be pretty funny, but instead it is straining to even be considered well drawn. I made better flip books in elementary school. The rest of the movie is dotted with useless and lame little collages, especially when the teenagers travel from one place to the next. A good five minutes must have been wasted with this garbage.
From all aspects, Eurotrip is a predictable movie. Helped by the fact that every funny joke from the movie is shown in the trailers, it is hard not to figure out what is going to happen next. The only times I really laughed were usually a few seconds before a scene that was shown in the trailer began, as I could tell what was about to happen. When there are very few surprising jokes in a comedy of this nature, it is not a good sign.
On the good side, Eurotrip does have a lot of nudity.
Eurotrip is a poor sex comedy no matter how you look at it. Its few redeeming moments can be seen in the trailer, and the rest is only minutely entertaining. Eurotrip is not a trip to hell by any means of the situation, but purgatory isn't out of reach.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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