YMMV / Joy Ride

  • First Installment Wins: A minor example. The first installment is universally seen as superior, but the sequels still have their fans and are considered moderately above-average popcorn slasher flicks.
  • Jerk Ass Woobie: Lewis and Fuller's prank would have been cruel regardless whom they had played on, especially so to a lonely trucker like Rusty Nail, for whom "Candy Cane" may have been the very first woman to show him any interest.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Jim Beaver shows up briefly as a cantankerous deputy who is frustrated by the extra work created for him by two young punks driving around in an old car.
  • Shocking Swerve: The twist ending practically mandates that you pretend Charlotte isn't in the truck, because she doesn't have on a blindfold and had to have seen the entire ruse being set up. And the second movie's final scene also mandates you believing that Rusty Nail jumped out of his truck as it was careening out the side of a cliff and somehow managed to sneak past the two heroes, in a part of desert with absolutely no way to cover yourself.