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
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.
This film provides examples of:
- All Germans Are Nazis: Well, the Aryan 5-year-olds are.
- Amusing Injuries: Cooper getting brutally sodomized and having his testicles electrocuted. If this weren't a comedy, he'd probably be traumatized for life.
- Animated Credits Opening: Including, as Leonard Maltin's movie guide points out, a vomit joke.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Scott's little brother. He's annoying for being a dick towards Scott.
- 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: Played for laughs. The unpronounceable safeword in Club Vandersexx (Flüggåɘnk∂€čhiœßøl∫ên) contains letters from every European 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. Included in the word's nonsensical orthography are non-linguistic and even calculus signs "€" (the euro sign), "∂" (the partial differential sign), and "∫" (the IPA letter "esh" or the integral sign). It's entirely possible that the madam has done this on purpose because Cooper is an American.
- Astronomical Exchange Rate: The crew winds up in a nasty part of Eastern Europe, stranded, wallets missing, and with only $1.83 between them. They live like kings. And when they tip a hotel steward a nickel, he gleefully announces that he'll now be able to open his own hotel.
- Big "NO!": When Scotty finds out Mieke is a girl.
- Bitch Alert: Fiona
- Black Comedy Rape: The Club Vandersexx scene
- Bratty Half-Pint: Scotty's little brother.
- 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.
- Britain Is Only London: Played straight and subverted. London is the only part of Britain that the characters visit, but a big part of that scene involves them hanging out with a Manchester United fan club (which you aren't that likely to find in Londonnote ), so...
- British Footy Teams: Manchester United is the only one mentioned. Probably the only one that American viewers would be familiar with, but still.
- British Pubs
- Butt Monkey: Jamie, and Scotty to a lesser extent.
- California Doubling: Being filmed in Prague, it kinda explains why we can see the Coliseum from the Vatican (which is impossible in real life).
- The Cameo: Quite a few, most notably Matt Damon and an uncredited Jeffrey Tambor (they were filming The Brothers Grimm and Hellboy in Prague at the time and Matt Damon went to college with the producers).
- Catch Phrase:
Cooper: This isn't where I parked my car!
- Chekhov's Gun: Jamie's Leica M7 camera. Near the end, he sells it so Scotty can afford to travel to Vatican City to meet Mieke.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The Football Hooligans and in a deleted scene the Italian tourist.
- Coincidental Accidental Disguise: The Pope Scene
- Coitus Uninterruptus
- 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.
- Cymbal-Banging Monkey: Either the most horrific or most hilarious use of one ever.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Jamie gets robbed at knife-point in Amsterdam, but he's too busy getting a blowjob from a local girl to put up much of a fight.
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Jack Daniels: The Twins when they visit the bar in Bratislava — leads to Kissing Under the Influence and Twincest.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The Club Vandersexx scene. Let's be honest: if the genders in that sequence were reversed, there is no way in hell that that ever could have been Played for Laughs. Face it, the movie probably would have done a straight-up Genre Shift into psychological horror if the genders were reversed. But it fits in with the movie's Refuge in Audacity.
- Dramatic Slip: Subverted. One of them falls, says "Go on without me!".... and then, when he realizes nobody's helping him, gets up again and keeps running.
- Ear Worm/Running Gag: Even in-universe.
SCOTTY DOESN'T KNOW!
- Europeans Are Kinky: So many examples, from Club Vandersexx to the creepy Italian guy to the Depraved Bisexual who tries to pick up Jenny.
- 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.
- Fanservice: Michelle Trachtenberg has definitely grown into her looks (the first time we see her she's bending over in tight jeans), but it takes a long time for the other characters to realize. Even after she flashes passing drivers in a bid to get them a ride (it doesn't work - see also Show Some Leg below). And then, of course, there's the girl in the hot tub.
- Football Hooligans: Led by Vinnie Jones.
- Freestate Amsterdam / Marijuana Is LSD: Played straight and subverted: The brownies contain no marijuana, they were just hyperventilating.
- Funny Background Event: The Hitler-impersonating German kid goose-stepping around while Scott talks to Mieke's father.
- Fun with Foreign Languages: It basically drives the plot.
- Gay Paree
- Geeky Turn-On: The girl at the camera shop spends a few minutes with Jamie discussing his Leica M7note , 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 which, but he definitely didn't have fun.
- The Hero Sucks Song / Villain Song: "Scotty Doesn't Know", especially since the singer and Fiona are well aware Scotty is there and that they are giving him Too Much Information.
- Hilarious Outtakes
- Intoxication Ensues
- 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.
- It's Not You, It's Me: Although, seconds later, Fiona retracts this and insist that it is in-fact Scotty's fault.
- Karmic Jackpot: Jamie selling his camera, after losing everyone's money, starts a series of events that end with him getting hired to tour all of Europe's museums.
- Not to mention he sells it for what appears to be several hundred thousand euro.
- Kick the Dog: "Scotty Doesn't Know" is this to Scotty.
- Kissing Under the Influence: Goes hand in hand with the Twincest.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Cooper.
- Mile-High Club: Cooper and Jenny
- 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!
: 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.
- Naked People Are Funny
- Nice Hat
- No Name Given: The Creepy Italian Guy.
- Placebo Effect: Scotty and Jenny order some brownies from a bakery in Amsterdam run by a Dreadlock Rasta. They're stoned out of their minds...until the Dreadlock Rasta informs them that they're not hash brownies.
- The Pope
- Refuge in Audacity: A lot of the movie, but especially "Scotty Doesn't Know":
"I did her on his birthday..."
- 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.
- Road Movie
- Ruritania / Commie Land : Practically everything mildly east of Germany is shown as this.
- 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.
- Scenery Censor: Played straight with the three male protagonists, averted with the ugly nude beach tourists.
- Shout-Out: Madame Vandersexx's male servants are named Hans and Gruber.
- Sex for Product: Now with pulp!
- Sex Tourism: Cooper's main purpose with the trip.
- Satellite Love Interest: Aside from being Scott's ideal girlfriend, Mieke doesn't get any characterization whatsoever.
- She Cleans Up Nicely
- Show Some Leg: In a deleted scene, Jenny tries flashing drivers when attempting to hitchhike. It doesn't work.
- 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.
"Here's a fun fact about Bratislava: You made out with your sister, man!!!"
- Unrated Edition: Every picture on the back of its cover contains nudity, with the word "Unrated" in place of a Censor Box.
- Wild Teen Party: The party at the start of the movie after the high school graduation.
- You Fail Geography Forever: All Played for Laughs.
- 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.
- You Fail History Forever: Played for laughs in one quote.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Scotty Doesn't Know"