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"Road Trip"

Directed by Todd Phillips.
Written by Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong.
Starring Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, DJ Qualls and Tom Green.
Release Year:  2000 
Review Date:  5/20/00 


Congratulations to Carrie Fletcher and her husband Keith Heffern, who were married today in a great ceremony in a town that I have never heard of before this afternoon.  Despite some rainy weather, the gathering made up for it with some inspired food, drink and song-and-dance.  Carrie and Keith are moving to Gabon, Africa in a couple of months (Keith is in the Foreign Service) so send your regards before they take off for a couple of years!

Tonight, after the wedding, Gordon "The Professional" Stokes and I took in the college flick "Road Trip" at the local picturehouse.  Let me say this simply:  yes, this movie is dirty and has a plethora of toilet humor, but it is the funniest movie I've seen this year.  The plot:  four guys take a road trip from the University of Ithaca to the University of Texas in Austin.  The rest is what I won't tell you because I don't want to ruin it for anybody that is going to see it.  But, there are six or seven absolute belly laughs in this movie and I think that you don't have a choice but to go and check this thing out.  Sex, drugs, animal abuse, gratuitous slow-motion shots, gratuitous breast scenes, dancing, singing, explosions and French toast are all featured in this movie and even though the preview for this film is really funny, the movie is much funnier than that.  If you didn't like "There's Something About Mary," skip this film like you used to skip seventh period.  And, don't be discouraged by the presence of Tom Green—I hate his show, but he is in this movie very sporadically and I think Green is good in doses, especially as the sick bastard eighth-year tour guide at the University of Ithaca in this film.

That is it:  I thought about it, and I decided that telling you more might blow this movie's cover.  Check it brings back great memories from the first couple of years of college, before you really got mature and while all of the dirty shit in this movie was still cool.  The soundtrack left a little bit to be lacking, but otherwise, it's like the kids these days always say:  AG.

All good.

Rating:  $8.25 Show


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Bellview Rating System:

"Opening Weekend":  This is the highest rating a movie can receive.  Reserved for movies that exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development, setting...or Salma Hayek.  Not necessarily in that order. 

"$X.XX Show":  This price changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently, it is the $9.50 Show.  While not technically perfect, this is a movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.  "Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca", but you'll have a great time watching.  The $9.50 Show won't win any Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see "Office Space"). 

"Matinee":  An average movie that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.  Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about yourself.  A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave the theater saying "That wasn't too, did you see that Lakers game last night?" 

"Rental":  This rating indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one."  Mostly forgettable, you couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the video store was out of copies of "Ronin."  If you can, see this movie for free.  This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a half stars." 

"Hard Vice":  This rating is the bottom of the barrel.  A movie that only six other human beings have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen.  A Shannon Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a movie.  Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or "Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!  (Warning:  strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard Vice"-rated movies.)

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