Love is never having to say you're sorry you made a sex tape with a woman then mailed it to your girlfriend.
Born in the white-hot fury of the late-90's, early 2000's teen-sex-comedy boom, Road Trip
is the story of young Josh Parker and the consequences of one night's craziness. Josh's long-term, long-distance girlfriend Tiffany has got silent on him, and so, believing she is dumping him, he accepts the advances of the beautiful Beth Wagner. The next morning, after Beth has left, Josh's friends E.L., Rubin Carver and Barry Manilow (not the Barry Manilow
, mind you
) come to investigate. Josh reveals that Beth videotaped their amorous adventures, evidence that his friends demand to see. Of course, the tape sitting on the TV contains a romantic message Josh recorded for Tiffany - the "Beth tape" is in an envelope winging its way to Austin, Texas.
Right as this realization sinks in, the phone rings - it's Tiffany, apologizing for not answering Josh's calls, as her beloved grandfather just died suddenly. Josh realizes there's only one option: get to Austin before the envelope and prevent Tiffany from ever seeing it.
Thus begins the wacky adventures of Josh, E.L., Rubin and Kyle - the one who actually owns the car - as they travel 1800 miles to try and save Josh's relationship. A quest that will take them through jumping broken bridges in a Ford Taurus, pretending to be members of a national black fraternity, stealing a schoolbus from a blind chick and discovering why you shouldn't send food back at greasy-spoon diners.
It is one of Todd Phillip's
Got followed up by an unrelated straight to DVD sequel in 2009 called Road Trip: Beer Pong
which focused on a road trip to a beer pong tournament. It only features one significant cast member from the first film (DJ Qualls).
Provides examples of:
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Purely for the purpose of selling the results for gas money.
- At the start of the film, when they go to get Kyle, EL suspects he's in the middle of this. He's right.
- All Men Are Perverts: Mentioned in the Shower Scene by a topless woman.
- Ass Shove: Happens to E.L. at the sperm bank when he asks the nurse for "assistance". It does provide him with the best orgasm he's ever had. This is even given a Call Back at the end of the movie when he's bent over again, this time asking for three fingers.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Rubin's sophisticated calculations for the bridge jump. And it worked out ... kinda.
- Bachelor Auction: One of the extremely rare bachelorette versions, although the auctioneer is careful to point out that purchasing the woman in question in no way confers any suggestion that sex will result.
- Blatant Lies: "1600s? It says 1951." - "That's the address. OK?"
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Jacob.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Rubin and E.L. list off reasons in an attempt to justify Josh's cheating on Tiffany. And then comes Kyle's turn...
- Butt Monkey: Poor Kyle.
- California Doubling: The film's main setting is in Ithaca, New York; however, the film was shot mostly in Georgia around Atlanta and Athens on the campuses of Georgia Tech, Emory, and the University of Georgia. One of the college tour scenes in particular was shot in Sanford Stadium, with UGA's "G" logo visible on the field.
- Catapult Nightmare: Josh has one when staying at the Manilows'. He has a second one in a deleted extension of that scene.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Barry. Witness both The Feeding and the Animal Song. Plus, of course, the Running Gag of "Austin... Massachusetts?"
- Cool Old Guy: Grandpa Manilow.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Kyle's joke about dogs and their testicles goes awry because of him repeating the punch line.
- Don't Try This at Home: Even if the Taurus hadn't mysteriously exploded, the impact would almost certainly have destroyed the chassis and suspension.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The random guy in Boston who had been mistakenly accused of cheating on his girlfriend is shown to get a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by said girlfriend with never-the-less a baseball bat. How does the crowd who witnesses the situation reacts? They simply just gather around and watched as if the guy deserves it, all because he supposedly cheated.
- Erudite Stoner: Rubin smokes pot regularly, but is neither brain-fried nor paranoid. In fact, he is intelligent, polite and clean-cut. Erudite, to the point of being able to bluff his way into the Xi Chi frat house - despite it being a national black fraternity.
- This was taken to the point of Intelligence Equals Isolation, as Rubin also mentions how, until he started smoking pot to mellow himself out, he was the only kid to have panic attacks as a result of the Gulf War.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: Jumping a broken bridge with a Ford Taurus, the group is dismayed when the wheels fall off. They start to hike to find help - when the car explodes.
- Face Cam: Upon Kyle during the fraternity house party.
- Fainting: Kyle can't take the KKK joke.
- Fanservice: An unusual Leaning on the Fourth Wall variety. See Shower Scene.
- And, of course, Amy Smart topless.
- Flipping the Bird: The blind girl.
- Following The Leader: A strange example - this film came only two years after Overnight Delivery and has an very similar plot, but Overnight Delivery was a direct-to-video release, hardly a big success. If there were a little less space between them it would be Dueling Movies.
- Four-Man Band:
- Four-Temperament Ensemble
- Josh is sanguine
- E.L. is choleric
- Kyle is melancholic
- Rubin is phlegmatic
- Framing Device: Barry tells the story in flashbacks.
- Gilligan Cut: "Are there any guys out there who are just normal??!" - cut to Barry and his snake.
- The Grunting Orgasm: E.L. during a... special medical inspection.
- Home Porn Movie: The cause of all trouble.
- Knight Templar Parent: Kyle's dad.
- The Last Straw: Scott's character demonstrates he can spit across a ten-foot wide broken bridge. He did, but causing the other end of the bridge to collapse from his spit.
- Male Gaze: During the Shower Scene, a woman is explaining how All Men Are Perverts. As she continues the explaination the camera zooms in on her breasts, until they're all we can see. When another girl picks up the thread of her complaints, the camera pans over to her - still with an extremely tight focus on her breasts.
- Musicalis Interruptus: The dramatic music during the Orbital Kiss at the end stops with a Record Needle Scratch when Barry and the red-haired lady come to their senses.
- Nerd Glasses: The motel clerk.
- Nipple and Dimed: Boobs!
- Long Distance Relationship: Josh and Tiffany have one.
- Orbital Kiss: In the film's finale. Played for laughs with the transition from Josh/Beth to Berry/red-haired Lady.
- Papa Wolf: Kyle's insanely strict father takes this one a bit too far.
- Power Walk: Towards the end. Played for laughs with Kyle stumbling and almost falling.
- The Quest
- Raging Stiffie: Grandpa Manilow and the goddamn Viagra.
- Road Movie: Unsurprisingly.
- Secret Handshake: How Rubin get them into the fraternity house.
- Sex as Rite-of-Passage: Kyle experiences this after scoring with Rhonda. It allows him to stand up to his father.
- Shower Scene: Described by one of the characters and shown to the viewer - put on pause when an actual woman questioned it, the question is Hand Waved and we return to naked goodness.
- Stalker with a Crush: Jacob is a very creepy example of this when it comes to Beth.
- Talking Animal: Grandpa Manilow's dog.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Kyle and Rhonda.
- Unfortunate Item Swap: With the video tapes. There would have been no plot without it.
- Unfortunate Names: Barry's last name is revealed about halfway through to be Manilow.
- Unrated Edition: Minor changes, mostly the extension of the Shower Scene.
- Unreliable Narrator: The main story is told through the eyes of Barry, a campus tour guide who's not playing with a full deck. As such, the story has some highly improbable elements.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Josh's girlfriend is about to vomit during his nightmare vision, but then wakes up.
- Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: The boys of Xi Chi plant a Klan hood on Kyle, accusing him of bigotry. When Kyle faints in terror, the boys reveal it to be a prank and a loud party ensues.
- Watch the Paint Job: The precious Ford Taurus.
- Wild Teen Party: A relatively mild example near the beginning, with a good-natured "girl auction" taking place in the front room and an least one group upstairs experimenting with lesbianism and group sex.
- You Have Waited Long Enough: E.L. does this on Josh, directing him to Beth.