Plot: Josh (Breckin Meyer) and Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) have been together as long as they can remember, but the strain of being apart for college has started to show. Josh is paranoid that she has found someone new, so he sends letters, videos, and calls all the time, testing her roommate’s patience. Now Josh hasn’t heard from Tiffany in days, which confirms his inner fears that he has been replaced, which sends him through a wave of emotions. His friend E.L. (Seann William Scott) encourages him to hook up with the beautiful Beth (Amy Smart), so after a wild party, Josh and Beth do the deed twice, all while Josh’s camera is capturing each detail of their session. The next morning when he agrees to show the tape to his friends, he realizes he has mailed the wrong video to Tiffany, who he just learned has been at her grandfather’s funeral, not with some other man. So he enlists the help of his closest friends and an oddball down the hall to reach Tiffany’s dorm before she does, recover the tape, and save his relationship.
Entertainment Value: Although Road Trip was made to cash in on the success of American Pie, this movie found a sizable audience and even launched two sequels of its own. This movie drops the sentimental touches of American Pie and ramps up the sex and gross out humor, so this one goes for broke and hopes the enthusiasm will help balance out the rough areas. I don’t think anyone comes to a movie like Road Trip for narrative or character development, but there is a minor effort made to craft some kind of competent story progression. That is dropped when the chance to take the humor over the top arises, but the writers have shoehorned in some slight story threads, between prostate massages and Tom Green jokes. As I said, the movie is enthusiastic and both the cast and writers embrace the ridiculous nature of the material, which enhances the humor and gives the movie an infectious vibe. The cast is fine and the material doesn’t ask too much of them, while various cameos and small roles provide some colorful characters to spice things up. If you’re not a fan of crude sex comedies, Road Trip isn’t likely to win you over to the genre, but for those who appreciate over the top, silly humor, it is a fun watch.
This is one sex comedy that doesn’t forget the naked flesh, as Road Trip features a good amount of nakedness, especially bare breasts. A host of topless scenes are offered up here and Amy Smart partakes, which is excellent news. The unrated version adds a few more topless women, bare asses, and even a couple shots of full frontal, so this is one extended cut that lives up to the hype. No blood. The movie has some mild pratfalls and even a car stunt gone haywire, but no bloodshed. But given the slapstick, crude nature of the material, that makes sense. The dialogue isn’t going to be remembered for subtle, cerebral humor, but for a crude, outlandish sex comedy, Road Trip has some fun lines and quotable exchanges. The cast’s enthusiasm pays off here, as that energy helps out the lesser lines and makes the most of the best sequences. As for craziness, this one amps up the wackiness more than most sex comedies, but isn’t an off the rails, totally out of control kind of movie.
Overall Insanity: 5/10