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Extreme Days is a 2001 movie about four friends going on a roadtrip. Brothers Will and Bryan and their childhood friends Corey and Matt go on a roadtrip to Mexico, when Corey gets a call that his grandfather died and left him a car and money in his home in Washington. The group decides to go to Washington, taking part in various extreme sports along the way(except surfing, which they got out of their system in Mexico).


Partway across California, they meet up with Matt's cousins, one of whom, Jessie, just happens to need a ride to Seattle. After some persuading, she joins the roadtrip. But once the group makes it to Corey's grandmother's house, things are not quite what they expected.

  • Arc Words: Curveballs.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A rare in-universe example. In Matt's Turkish Sailor daydream, he hears Will say "bad meat", even though in the actual movie it was Brian who was saying that and he gets cut off before the word "meat".
  • Brick Joke: Matt accidentally firing his marker after both paintball fights end.
  • *Click* Hello: No click, just pop, pop, pop.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Matt.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In the opening scene, the brothers wear grey and white with dark blue headgear and gloves, and their opponents wear red and black.
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  • Cool Car: The Joyota, especially after it's "paintjob".
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Matt: "I hate to be the voice of reason here, guys, but... this whole thing's crazy." [beat] "But that's never stopped us before.”
  • Dual Wielding: Matt dual-wields paint-ball markers as he stands on top of the Joyota and shouts "WOLVERINES!"
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot
  • Fake Action Prologue: At first it looks like a spy movie. They're paintball markers.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Parodied just before a campy fight scene in the style of old-fashioned kung fu movies.
  • How We Got Here: The first scene may or may not be the chronological last, but it's among the last scenes to take place.
  • Imagine Spot: Matt has one after asked by Will if he wants to work at the Turkish Sailor for his entire life. He sees himself with grey hair wearing a gold turban that says "Owner".
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  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The entire Joyota paintball fight, on both sides, up until the very end when suddenly everyone has perfect aim.
  • Little "No": After the Joyota paintball fight. Brian: "Sing to me." Jessie: "No."
  • Meaningful Echo: Three in the scene on the airplane: "Mike and Ikes", phone call, and "Farmer in the Dell"
  • Narrator: Will, for most of the movie
  • No Fourth Wall: At one point, Will and Brian are having a private conversation, so he tells Matt to take his voice-over. Cue Matt looking nervously at the camera and giving an awkward voice-over. This is the only point in the movie where the fourth wall is even considered.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Joyota is supposedly so named because it's a Jeep with a Toyota engine, but the one seen in the movie is actually a VW Thing.
  • Parrot Exposition: When Jessie and Brian are hiding under the Joyota, Matt repeats everything Brian says to Corey.
  • Rule of Funny: The No Fourth Wall and Hong Kong Dub examples mentioned above. There's also a shopping cart race in the grocery store, complete with racecar sounds and a disembodied "3,2,1, GO!"
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: "Brian, hang up."
  • Stock Scream: Brian lets loose a partial Howie Long scream during the kung fu fight.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The disclaimer almost quotes the page quote. "The story you are about to see is true. Only the facts have been changed to make our journey more exciting than it really was."


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