Movie Review
Eurotrip poster
By Gareth Von Kallenbach     Published February 21, 2004
US Release: February 20, 2004

Directed by: Jeff Schaffer
Starring: Scott Mechlowicz , Jacob Pitts , Michelle Trachtenberg , Travis Wester

Running Time: 92 minutes
Domestic Box Office: $17,718,000
The laughs come at a steady pace and more than one person at my screener mentioned that it was much funnier than they thought it would be.
From the twisted minds that brought audiences ?Old School? and ?Road Trip? comes the ribald romp, ?Eurotrip,? that sends a quartet of young Americans overseas in search of love, sex, and good times. For Scott (Scott Thomas), graduation has been a disaster, as he gets devastating news and becomes the unflattering subject of a soon-to-be international hit single. His best friend Cooper (Jacob Pitts) attempts to console him, but things get worse when Scott rudely responds to an e-mail from his European pen pal only to realize that the person he has been writing, Mike, is in fact a lovely young lady. Cooper and Scott had long thought that the pen pal was a male.

Since his pen pal has blocked his e-mail and has an unlisted phone number, Cooper and Scott rush off to Europe as package couriers to meet Mike. The duo first arrive in London and end up with a group of rowdy soccer hooligans who are on their way to Paris to watch a match. While in Paris, Scott, and Cooper meet up with two of their friends, Jamie (Travis Wester), and his twin sister Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg), who are also visiting Europe and decide to accompany Scott and Cooper.

Naturally things do not always go as planned: the group ends up in some outrageous situations (ranging from nude beaches, encounters with a French mime, the Red Light District of Amsterdam, and an overly amorous Italian train passenger, played by Fred Armisen) that will leave you laughing out loud. While the film does not have much in the way of a plot and acting, the laughs come at a steady pace and more than one person at my screener mentioned that it was much funnier and better than they thought it would be.

I myself could not remember a recent film that had made me laugh as much as this one did, as while the jokes are very over the top and crude, they are often well timed. Some people will be offended at the image of a person being given the special treatment at an Amsterdam Brothel, and the results of two twins having far too much alcohol, but this film was not made for them. If you like a good laugh and do not mind this type of humor, then ?Eurotrip? is a trip well worth taking.
Gareth's Grade: B-
Gareth's Overall Grading: 50 graded movies
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