Road Trip (SE)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A college student (Breckin Meyer) cheats on his long distance girlfriend, who’s away studying in another state, after a wild house party. He makes the huge mistake of actually videotaping the encounter and even bigger error of accidentally mailing the evidence to his soon to be ex-girlfriend. Now, he and his gang of cronies (Seann William Scott, DJ Qualls, Paulo Costanzo) must make their way to Texas and somehow find a way to intercept the videotape in order to save the relationship from certain doom.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Remember the days of wildly raunchy college comedies like ANIMAL HOUSE? It’s about damn time somebody decided to resurrect the genre and push it to its fullest R rated potential! Road Trip is a movie that is good for plenty of side busting laughs with its ridiculously simple story. In its relatively short 95 minute running time, it also manages to fulfill all the necessary prerequisites of a good teen comedy. Booze? Check. Drugs? Check. And everyone’s favorite, sex? Check. The cast of goofballs had me smiling at their often idiotic antics and Neanderthal decision making processes, ah, the joys of being a teenager! William Scott, once again playing a "Stifler"-like character, kept me chuckling especially during a scene where he experiences…an anally induced orgasm.
Seeing him howl like a hyena had me wiping tears of laughter from my eyes. Funny shite indeed. DJ Qualls as the weirdo outcast was solid too. I really dug his transformation from cowering geek to macho sex machine, the skinny kid had me smiling the whole way through. As for Tom Green AKA Mr. Irritating himself, I actually dug his performance, given his brief screen time. In this one, he plays a toned down version of his MTV persona and actually does a pretty decent job in his narrating duties. The DVD professes to be an "unrated" version (adding 2 minutes of running time) and I did notice slightly more skin during some of the racier scenes. While this movie definitely caters to the 18-25 age group and may not be as entertaining for older viewers, it’s definitely worth checking out.
The DVD seems to feature a paltry amount of extras, almost as if to just fulfill the "bare minimum" requirements. We get an uncut 10 minute series of deleted scenes which were for the most part, rather unnecessary and largely unfunny. A short making of documentary which clocks in at a measly 5 minutes barely scratches the surface from a behind the scenes perspective. It actually comes across as an EPK (electronic press kit) sent to film critics and journalists to build hype before it’s actual release. Theatrical and R rated trailers are also included as well as brief production notes. The music video "Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues", a great song from the Eels, round out the extras. The menus, surprisingly, were actually really well done and feature road map graphics and some sound.
To put it bluntly, this was a rather disappointing release from Dreamworks, a studio that has a reputation for releasing mostly high quality discs. The video could certainly have been better and the audio was mediocre at best. In spite of its rather crappy transfer to DVD, it’s still hands down one of the funniest movies of the year and still worth the price of a rental.