National Lampoon's Senior Trip

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -3

Students cause high school principal Todd Moss (Matt Fewer) lots of trouble because they say the school system is bad. So Moss makes them write a letter to the President about how school could be improved. After the letter reaches Washington, the students are invited to speak to the President's Education Reform Committee. But a senator has his own agenda for reform. With Red (Tommy Chong), a drug users' idol, at the wheel, the seniors head for Washington. Even though they are chaperoned by Ms Milford (Valerie Mahaffey) and Moss, the students party on liquor all the way. Once in Washington, the debacle continues in the hotel, lounges and ballrooms. Can they present a better image for the President or will their appearance embarrass him and give the scheming senator support? Who cares? NATIONAL LAMPOON'S SENIOR TRIP will surely turn up on the "Worst Movies of the Year" list.

An ad for the film states, "Four score and seven beers ago. . . they came, they saw, they passed out." That sums up this film filled with teenagers drinking, taking drugs, plus the constant barrage of sexual innuendo and crude bathroom humor. The students steal alcoholic beverages from a convenience store, and in a drunken state, perform disgusting bathroom functions in public. In the hotel, Ms Milford, after eating "spiked" chocolates, unbuttons her blouse for Moss, and seduces him while the students watch through one-way glass. Even the smartest girl in the group decides to have sex so she won't go to college a virgin. Sex is implied at least four times, twice on films and twice by couples in bed afterward. Also, figures of authority are portrayed as corrupt or weak and ineffective. This film isn't worth the trip.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking and Bonnie C. Harvey, Ph.D.
NewLine Cinema, 888 7th Ave., 20th Flr, NY, NY 10106

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (13) times - Mild 2, Moderate 11

Obscene Language: Many (21) times - F-word 5, s-word 4, other 8, obscene gestures 4

Profanity: Several (6) times - Regular 2 (GD), Exclamatory 4

Violence: Many times - Mild and moderate (students destroy assembly hall, principal's house, bus interior, hotel rooms and ballrooms; drunk man kicked and head hit on bar; car explosion and flaming man shown as humorous, gun threat; boy falls down elevator shaft)

Sex: Implied four times, graphic motion in class film and hotel video, twice by couples in bed

Nudity: None, but women wear revealing dresses

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (recurring sexual dialogue among students; references to desire to have sex; comments made while looking at Playboy; student dresses and poses seductively, woman opens blouse and puts man's hands on her breasts and buttocks, student unzips blouse and propositions boy

Drugs: Many times (teens use alcohol and drugs)

Other: Ethnic slur for oriental; passing gas, vomiting, boy urinates from back of bus; no respect shown for authority, government or property; kids smarter than adults

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Intended Audience: Teenagers

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