In the tradition of There's Something About Mary and American Pie (those very old classics) comes Road Trip. Okay, so it might not be quite as gross as Mary and not quite as originally witty as Pie, but Road Trip has more than enough gags in it to satisfy anyone.
Breckin Meyer stars as Josh, a guy who is torn behind his longtime girlfriend who lives in Texas and the nearby beauty Beth, played by Amy Smart. Meyer makes an incredibly good protagonist, and, even though he cheats on his girlfriend, he manages to survive being stamped as a... cheater. He is supported by Seann William Scott, who plays basically the same role he did in last year's gross out comedy American Pie, DJ Qualls, the skinny virgin who is incredibly likeable (and who loses "it" in one of the funniest scenes in the movie), and Amy Smart. Smart, who played the innocent, likeable girlfriend in Varsity Blues, shows her sexier side in this movie while still retaining her innocent friendliness. To put it flatly, all of the actors in the film have good careers ahead of them, if they make the right choices. Oh yeah, Tom Green is one of the funniest characters in the movie.
Road Trip doesn't touch on the yucky zipper scene or hair gel moment in There's Something About Mary, but the movie does have a few scenes that will last in my memory for a long time. Most notably are the DJ Qualls' sex scene, the DJ Qualls' French toast scene, and the horny Grandpa scene. For a gross-out comedy to become a classic it has to deliver these kinds of scenes, and Road Trip may just have enough to become worthy of the mighty "C" word. Maybe not.
There are some slow moments here and there and some highly unlikely moments, including the ending where Qualls' dad pulls a gun on a couple of security guards armed with pepper spray. Some gags, such as the exploding car, push the believability to the limit, but that's okay. Tom Green alone makes Road Trip worth it, and I have never watched his show.
Road Trip has some side-splitting laughs. It might not be the funniest movie around, but it is pretty close.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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