One of the last teen sex comedies to come from the late 1990s, early 2000s boom. Scotty gets dumped by his girlfriend on graduation. He then goes on a trip to Berlin to meet his German pen pal Mi(e)ke (pronounced Mee-kah, a German feminine name aus Deutschland) and declare his everlasting love for her. He is accompanied by his sassy friend Cooper and "worst twins ever" Jenny and Jamie. There are many wacky cameos, including Matt Damon, Vinne Jones, Lucy Lawless, Fred Armisen and the two stars of Absolutely Fabulous. Also starring Michelle Trachtenberg.Euro Trip breaks the mold of many teen comedies, in that it never actually crosses the line from 'kind of goofy' to 'gross slapstick', and actually succeeds in inserting a bit of warmth and heart into the story.It was filmed entirely in Prague.
Artistic License - Economics: The exchange rate in Slovakia is taken to ridiculous levels. Scott flips one of the servents an American nickel which he proclaims "A nickel, I'm rich, I quit". One wonders if they have the Slovokian equivalent of millions of dollars in a couple of US Dollars.
The rich man, Christoph Jenny meets happens to own the club in Bratislava that they are in. If their pocket change is worth so much it's assumed that this man may be rich enough to buy the entire country.
Artistic License - Linguistics: The unpronounceable safeword is clearly in some kind of Scandinavian language, complete with umlauts and severals "ø"s and "å"s. Club Vandersexx is in Amsterdam, where the primary language is Dutch, which uses only the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet.
The linguistic joke goes a bit further: Included in the word's nonsensical orthography are "€" (the euro sign), "∂" (the partial differential sign), and "∫" (the IPA letter "esh" or the integral sign). Yep, apparently Madame Vandersexxx loves money and calculus.
The SafeWord in question? Flüggåɘnk∂€čhiœßøl∫ên. The intention was to have letters from every major European language.
Another possible interpretation of the safeword is that the ∂ is the Icelandic character ð and that the integral sign is ſ (the long s, which did serve as the model for these).
Break the Cutie: When Mieke reads Scotty's e-mail, she seems genuinely upset and hurt.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: While peeking through the bushes at the topless women in the hot tub at the post-graduation party, Cooper comments, "Well there's your R-rating right there", at which point the scene cuts to a clear shot of one of the aforementioned women.
Brick Joke: A failed example. Cooper says that in Europe, they have "...lesbians with dildos in orange juice commercials." However, this line was deleted and replaced with just "topless chicks in orange juice commercials", so when Cooper sees an orange juice commercial that does in-fact have lesbians with dildos, it comes off more as a Big Lipped Alligator Moment.
The joke's back, in the PPV cable and unrated versions.
Comically Missing the Point: Jenny is angry at Cristoph for sleeping with other women when he's married. He tries to change her mind by saying that he also sleeps with men.
Covers Always Lie: See that hot blonde girl on the page image? That's Mieke, the girl who kicks off the plot of the movie, and only has a few fleeting appearances onscreen (mostly in dream sequences) before finally being introduced in the last 15 minutes.
Fan Disservice: The characters go to a nude beach, expecting to see beautiful naked women. They find hundreds of flabby, ugly male tourists who went to look for beautiful women too (it seems the actual beautiful women only go to the beach when the tourists aren't around).
Even better: The beautiful women actually hang out around a local landmark that tourists usually avoid due to it being "boring", and that one of the main characters had initially suggested visiting, only to be ignored.
Truth in Television as anyone visiting a nudist beach with expectations like these will be dissappointed. Naturally, as nudist beaches are not for show purposes, not only the beautiful people go there but all sorts of people, most of whom you really don't want to see naked. It's also true that only foreigners unfamiliar with the concept would have such an idea, for the locals are used to see naked people and don't think of it as extraordinaire. Heck, in Europe you'll see topless women even in parks and public swimming pools. And in Orange Juice ads, obviously...
Jenny taking off her sweater on the nude beach. As attractive as Michelle Trachtenberg is, she's so painfully skinny that her ribs are the first thing you notice.
Geeky Turn-On: The girl at the camera shop spends a few minutes with Jamie discussing his Leica M7note A very expensive and well-regarded German camera, and then invites him to join her out back for her smoke break. Oral sex and a mugging ensue.
Gender-Blender Name: Sets off the entire plot. Scotty doesn't understand that Mieke is a girl's name in Germany and presumes the penpal he's been emailing for months is a guy named Mike. Thus when "Mike" offers to meet with Scotty in person in response to hearing about his break-up, Scotty thinks he's a sexual predator. Once he finds out the truth, she's blocked his email, so he sets off to Europe to make things right.
Gone Horribly Wrong...or Right: Cooper's visit to Vandersexxx club. It's difficult to tell wich, but he definitely didn't have fun.
Karma Houdini: Donnie and Fiona. They cheat on Scott for a year then reveal this to him in the most public way imaginable both clearly taking pleasure in humiliating him. Not only are they never punished for this but Donnie gets a successful music career out of it.
Mistaken for Gay: When Scotty realizes that Mieke is actually a girl, it causes some confusion:
Scott: I'm in love with my pen pal! I'm in love with Mike!
Cooper: Okay, okay. You know what? I was actually expecting this. And frankly, listen, I'm flattered that you picked me to come out to first. And don't worry about telling your folks, cause, eh, I think they already know.
Scott: No, you idiot, Mike is a girl!
Cooper: No, no, no, I get it, yeah. He's the girl, you're the girl. Sometimes you're both the girl. Right, right? That's hot. But, you know, whatever works for you. I'm not gonna judge it.
Multiple Endings /Downer Ending: The DVD has an alternative ending that shows Mieke rejecting Scott, asking "Did you expect me to suddenly fall in love with you"?
Mushroom Samba: Subverted, see Freestate Amsterdam above. Also double-subverted when the boys are under the hallucinogenic effects of absinthe: they complain it's not working, and then ask the green fairy what he thinks.
Ridiculous Exchange Rates: The movie fails economics forever by depicting the Slovakian koruna as this, when in fact its last exchange rate was 1 dollar = 22 koruna. Slovakia's subsequent adoption of the euro in 2009 makes the depiction even stupider.
Running Gag: The song "Scotty Doesn't Know" pops up several times during the film. There are "Scotty Doesn't Know" cell phone ringtones (which Cooper has), and there's even a techno remix of the song playing in the Eastern European nightclub.
It also turns up in the European release of the movie and during the credits, with Jenny actually jumping up and down and shouting while topless as more drivers go by. (That she has her back to the camera in the process may qualify as more of the film's Fan Disservice.)
Sir Swears-a-Lot: The football hooligans, who, according to Cooper, are on a whole new level of swearing compared to Americans.
The Stinger: Candy, the hot tub girl who spends most of her screen time rubbing one of her sizeable breasts because Cooper tells her she has something on it that hasn't come off yet, asks "Is it off now?" (Cooper: "No. Keep rubbing it.")
Surprise Incest: Jenny and Jamie begin drunkenly making out in an eastern European nightclub. When they open their eyes and see each other, they both react with abject horror.
Absinthe Fairy: That is some pretty fucked-up shit right there. Can you say "what the fuck did I do last night?"
Stoners Are Funny: Subverted when Scotty and Cooper go to a bakery in Amsterdam to get space cakes (brownies laced with hash). Scotty starts freaking out and believes himself to be having a bad trip, until the cook informs him that he's been eating regular brownies with no has in them. An embarrased Scotty quietly sits back down in his chair.
The opening credits show a map of Europe and all of Ireland is covered by the UK flag.
Played for laughs with Cooper's deplorable ignorance of European geography.
Cooper: "Europe is like the size of the Eastwood Mall. We can walk to Berlin from there [London]."
Cooper: "Relax, Paris is practically a suburb of Berlin. It's a nothing commute."
There is one comment about the "island of England."
They also pass the Black Forest and apparently, Heidelberg on the way from Bratislava to Berlin. Bratislava is not in France.
There's also multiple scenes involving the table/condiment "map" set up near the beginning: when they head from Berlin to Rome, it's shown on another table that, were one to line it up with a map, would probably be closer to Russia.