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Road Trip

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, crude humor, language and drug use

Reviewed by: Thrasher Brown

Extremely Offensive
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Featuring: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart, Paulo Costanzo, Tom Green
Director: Todd Phillips
Producer: Ivan Reitman, Dan Goldberg, Joe Medjuck
Distributor: Dreamworks SKG

“Road Trip” perhaps would better be titled “Road Kill”; this sex-related comedy is among the worst films I have had the non-pleasure to see.

“Road Trip” promotes such things as rudeness, promiscuous sex, irresponsibility, promiscuous sex, lying, promiscuous sex, heavy drinking, promiscuous sex, theft, promiscuous sex, drug use, and promiscuous sex.

Josh is a student at Ithaca University in New York. His high school girlfriend is Tiffany, a student at the University of Austin. They are carrying on a long-distance relationship by phone and video tape. In time, however, Josh thinks Tiff is no longer interested in him. One night, Beth (another student) and Josh videotape themselves having sex. The wrong videotape is sent to Tiff. Finding out, Josh and his three friends and they embark on a road trip to try to recover the tape before Tiff can see it. Eventually Josh meets up with Tiff, but does he get the tape back?

The road trip the students go on seems to be some kind of analogy for the road trip of life we’re all on. The best way to take this trip, according to the film, seems to be to live life sinfully, and go for all the pleasure you can; anything else makes you a loser.

This, of course, is not exactly the Biblical view of life. God wants us to serve Him first, putting behind us our own sinful desires and old way of life. Pleasure is a good thing, but never when it is obtained through sin. And there is plenty of sin in “Road Trip”… scenes and talk of violence, softcore sex, and gratuitous nudity.

While many carnal audiences enjoyed the “beautiful scenery” and exciting pleasures found in this film, Christians must hold to a higher standard and avoid “Road Trip”. It is simply the wrong route to travel.

Viewer Comments
This movie was sick and wrong. While it did sport several funny moments, those few moments of laughter aren’t enough to warrant exposing yourself to all the other filth. From a Christian perspective it is very offensive. Don’t waste your time on this! My Ratings: [1/3½]
—Chriss Sloan, age 19
Very Funny movie. By using humor this movie encourages humans to live in a sexual, rude, drug life. It is directly aimed at college students. “Road Trip” does not in any way encourage you to live a holy and pleasing life toward God. My Ratings: [1/4]
—Jason Luke Gonsalves, age 18
The movie wasn’t that great. It had quite a bit of nudity and profanity. There is nothing good about this movie from a Christian perspective. It is all about a college student who has premarital sex, videotapes it, send it to the wrong place, then spend the rest of the movie trying to beat the mail. In the process there is more nudity, premarital sex, drugs and alcohol and deceiving parents. There were a couple funny scenes with a snake and another with a borrowed car, but otherwise it wasn’t worth my time; the only “clean” parts of the movie were what was shown on TV previews. Anyone with a Christian background would find this terribly offensive. My Ratings: [1½/2½]
—Mandy Schultz, age 24
Movie Critics
…ROAD TRIP indirectly encourages infidelity, promiscuity, drug use, destruction of property, theft, wanton disobedience, lying, and slothfulness… to name just a few…
—Michael Elliott, Movie Parables
…Profanity is rated as extreme due to at least 10 uses of the “f” word, while plenty of other profanities and colorful phrases are also present…
…It goes without saying that ‘Road Trip’ is aimed at those who think bodily fluids fuel laughter…
—Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer