New York Times - 05/26/2000
"...The fun is all in the gags....you'll laugh despite yourself..."
Rolling Stone - 06/08/2000
"...A wild, whacked-out ride....Green is a unique talent..."
Box Office - 07/01/2000
"...It's very funny, it's rambunctious and it's unabashedly sexy....Green could easily become the next Jim Carrey..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/19/2000
"...ROAD TRIP is consistently funny....Smartly produced and consistently lively, the film shows its young actors to terrific advantage..."
Total Film - 11/01/2000
"...The dialogue is crisp, the pace is good and the scenery pretty..."
University of Ithaca College freshman Josh (Breckin Meyer) misses his childhood sweetheart, Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard), who is going to school in Austin, Texas. Josh makes a tape proclaiming his love for her, but one of his friends accidentally mails the wrong tape; he instead sends the tape of Josh having sex with the beautiful Beth (Amy Smart). Josh had slept with Beth only after assuming that Tiffany had found someone else. So Josh, E.L. (Seann William Scott), Rubin (Paulo Costanzo), and Kyle (DJ Qualls), the geek with a car, set off in a powder blue Ford Taurus to intercept the tape before Tiffany can see it. They leave behind the insane Barry (Tom Green), who is on the multiyear graduating plan and would rather stay in the dorm and feed a live mouse to Mitch the snake. The group's 1,800-mile trip will feature encounters with exploding cars, crazy motel clerks, too-hip grandparents, stealing from the blind, the wrong fraternity, and that old stand-by, chef's revenge. The story is told in flashback, as the always frightening Tom Green leads a group of prospective students and their parents through an absurdly hilarious tour of the Ithaca campus, selling Josh's story as a reason to attend the school. ROAD TRIP is good raunchy fun, starring a likable cast of characters, told by director Todd Phillips with a charm that places it above the standard teen exploitation flick.
Tom Green, who is making his feature-film debut with ROAD TRIP, contracted testicular cancer in 2000 and documented it on his MTV show.
Executive producer Ivan Reitman, who produced ANIMAL HOUSE, chose Todd Phillips as the director of ROAD TRIP after seeing Phillips's FRAT HOUSE documentary at Sundance. ROAD TRIP is Phillips's first fiction film.
DJ Qualls originally read for a one-line bit part but landed the role of Kyle instead. The name of the snake Barry can't wait to see eat a mouse is Mitch.
Drew Barrymore, who was dating Tom Green at the time of the shoot, is on the cover of the Celebrity Skin magazine the hotel clerk (Andy Dick) is reading.
Director Todd Phillips plays the man on the bus who sucks Beth's toes.
Jimmy Kimmel supplies the voice of the dog.
Breckin Meyer wrote and performed "I Got a Girl" in the film; Tom Green wrote and performed "The Salmon Song." The K.G.B, Jungle Brothers, Black Eyed Peas, Randy Travis, Ween, Kid Rock, eels, RUN-DMC, Twisted Sister, Groove Armada, Supergrass, Buckcherry, and the Jon Spenceer Blues Explosion, among others, also contributed songs to the film.
The band at the fraternity party is the K.G.B.
The music video of "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" by eels features much of the cast of ROAD TRIP.
Tom Green contracted testicular cancer in 2000 and documented it on his MTV show.
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