Road Trip

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3 1/2

Another crude and sexually charged film aimed at older teens and young adults continues in the trail of AMERICAN PIE and features some of the same actors. Josh Parker (Breckin Meyer) wants to be true to his life-long girlfriend Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard), but he's at the University of Ithaca in New York while she's gone to the University of Austin in Texas (which may cause a foul call by the University of Texas at Austin). And his flesh is weak, particularly when Beth (Amy Smart) expresses her attraction to Josh by offering her body. The encounter ends up on videotape which, of course, is confused with a videotaped love letter to Tiffany. So his friends, E.L. (Seann W. Scott), Reuben (Paulo Costanzo) and Kyle (DJ Qualls) join Josh on the 1800-mile trip to Texas to retrieve the tape before Tiffany sees it. Comedian Tom Green plays Barry, who narrates this tale of college romance and camaraderie to a newcomer's group visiting Ithaca U. Although filled with crude and raunchy material, the target audience will no doubt turn out in large numbers for the show.

Frequent breast nudity and sexually graphic conversations fill the screen, while events such as earning money through donations at a fertility clinic are highlighted. Although Josh wants to stay true, it leads to a warped discussion of what constitutes cheating in a relationship. When Kyles car is wrecked, E.L. steals a bus from a school for the blind to finish the trip. Drug use, particularly marijuana smoking, is also frequently shown. In one scene, Reuben shares marijuana with a grandfather, who subsequently hears his dog talk. Men's arousal is visually apparent in a few scenes and female frontal nudity is briefly seen as Beth talks to others girls in a locker room. And Barry puts a rodent in his mouth, encouraging a snake to eat. With frequent, gratuitous nudity and crude sexual content, 35 obscenities merely adds to the reasons ROAD TRIP is a dead end.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Dreamworks SKG, 100 Universal Plaza, Universal City CA 91608

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 (17) times Mild 9, moderate 8

Obscene Language: Many (35) times F-word 8, s-word 5, other 21, finger gesture 1

Profanity: Many (19+) times Regular 8 (G, J, GD 4, Jeez, Mother of G) GD also used in music, exclamatory 11 (OMG 7, OG 4)

Violence: Several times Moderate (car explodes, car and man hit w/bat, snake bites hand, snake thrown at man, arm twisted, punches, men wrestle, gun threats)

Sex: Few times (unmarried couples on bed w/nudity, once graphic motion)

Nudity: Many times (breast many times, brief female frontal nudity, female rear, brief male rear); Near nudity Many times (women in undergarments, men in underwear, low cut blouses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (references to sexual activity, women undressing for men, woman given vibrator, men visually aroused, man licks womans toe, men deposit at fertility clinic for money, nurse performs sexual medical procedure, self-gratification graphically implied, reference to Viagra, sensual kissing)

Drugs: Several times (cigarettes, marijuana smoked several times, alcohol, man tries to buy marijuana)

Other: Student with God is Awesome shirt shown as mean-spirited, dogs shown mating, man puts mouse in mouth, fixation of seeing snake eat mouse, woman vomiting, discussion of what constitutes cheating, flatulence sounds

Running Time: 100 minutes (es
Intended Audience: Older teens and young adults

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