About Road Trip
Directed by Todd Phillips, Road Trip is a comedy about a college student named Josh who embarks on a road trip across the country with his friends to retrieve an embarrassing videotape he sent to his girlfriend. A videotape which may or may not show him cheating on her.
Along the way, they encounter a series of hilarious and unexpected challenges and adventures, as they race against time to reach their destination. The film is a coming-of-age comedy that explores themes of friendship, love, and growing up.
During a recent re-watch I started to think of other movies like Road Trip to add to your bucket list.
Here’s hoping you haven’t seen all of them.
1. American Pie (1999)
Directed by Paul Weitz, American Pie is a teen sex comedy starring Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari and Eddie Kaye Thomas. It was released in the year 1999.
American Pie follows a group of high school friends as they navigate their way through the ups and downs of teenage life, including first loves, heartbreak, and the quest to lose their virginity before graduation.
With its relatable characters, raunchy humor, and timeless themes, American Pie has become a beloved staple of pop culture and has spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs. Whether you’re a fan of the original or new to the franchise, American Pie is sure to leave you laughing, cringing, and feeling nostalgic for your own high school days.
2. Superbad (2007)
Directed by Greg Mottola, Superbad is a comedy film about two best friends, Seth and Evan (two absolute losers), who are about to graduate high school and desperately want to lose their virginity before heading off to college.
What follows is a hilarious ensemble of bizarre adventures as they try to secure alcohol for a party in an effort to impress a pair of girls and make the most of their final days of adolescence. There isn’t a movie on this list which captures the awkwardness of adolescence and just how hilarious it can be more than Superbad!
3. Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002)
Directed by Walt Becker, Van Wilder: Party Liaison is about the main character, Van Wilder, a seventh-year senior at Coolidge College who has become a legendary campus figure and a master of partying. When Van’s father stops paying his tuition, Van must come up with a way to pay for school and keep up his wild lifestyle.
The film follows Van as he navigates college life and tries to find a way to keep his party-boy reputation intact while also facing challenges such as falling in love, dealing with rival fraternities, and avoiding expulsion. The film is known for its raunchy humor and fast-paced, over-the-top antics, making it a popular choice for fans of college comedies.
4. Dead Man on Campus (1998)
Directed by Alan Cohn, Dead Man on Campus is a black comedy film about two college students, Cooper Frederickson and Josh Barnes, who discover that the only way to maintain their perfect grade point average is by having their roommate commit suicide.
According to college legend, if a roommate dies by suicide, the surviving roommate is guaranteed straight A’s. So, Cooper and Josh set out to find a suicidal roommate, but their plans are complicated when they come across a wild and unpredictable student named razor (Poison Ivy) who threatens to derail their scheme.
Dead Man on Campus is hugely overlooked and definitely underrated due its melodrama and being over the top but it makes a great watch for anyone into the absurd side of dark unconventional comedies.
5. The Girl Next Door (2004)
Directed by Luke Greenfield, The Girl Next Door is a romantic comedy starring Emile Hirsch as Matthew Kidman, a high school student who has lived a sheltered life and is on track to become valedictorian. But his life gets turned upside down when a former porn star named Danielle (played by Elisha Cuthbert) moves in next door.
As Matthew gets to know Danielle, he discovers that she is much more than the pornstar stereotype. The Girl Next Door mixes coming-of-age, teen and even p*rnstar stereotypes to deliver a unique (at least for the time) story that is as entertaining as it is tongue in cheek. Sorry, bad pun.
6. Eurotrip (2004)
Directed by Jeff Schaffer, Eurotrip is a comedy predominantly focused around a road trip and sex. It stars Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg and Travis Wester. It was released in the year 2004.
Eurotrip is about main character Scott Thomas who travels to europe in search of his hot pen pal. His friends, Cooper, Jenny and Jamie follow him on his quest which takes them to England, France, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Germany, and Italy. To name a few countries.
If you’re thinking this sounds like Road Trip except in Europe – you are right.
7. Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
Directed by Danny Leiner, Dude, Where’s My Car? is an absolutely bonkers comedy where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. It stars Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Kristy Swanson, Jennifer Garner, and Marla Sokoloff. It was released in the year 2000.
Dude, Where’s My Car? is about two roommates, Jesse and Chester, who wake up with hangovers only to find out their car is missing which sparks the iconic question “Dude, where’s my car?” The quest to track down their car involves a local arcade, a cannabis-loving dog named Jackal, a cult and some extraterrestrials that the pair may or may not have slept with.
In the end you’ll be happy to know the universe does not get destroyed, Jesse and Chester do not stay members of a cult and they do find their car.
8. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Directed and written by Kevin Smith, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a comedy starring Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, Eliza Dushku, Shannon Elizabeth, Will Ferrell, Ali Larter, Jason Lee and Chris Rock. It was released in the year 2001.
When stoners Jay and Silent Bob demand their royalties for the comic book that was made with their likenesses, they find out the rights to the comic is tied up with the movie that is being made about them. So they go on this road trip across America to stop the movie from being made because they don’t like the negative reception it’s receiving from online press. On the way they come across jewel thieves, hitch hikers, are mistaken for terrorists and are pursued by a Wildlife Ranger.
Just like the name insinuates, there are many Hollywood movie references. Most notably of which are often Star Wars.
9. Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Directed by Joel Gallen, Not Another Teen Movie is a comedy that parodies the entire teenage movie genre. Rather than being about a specific story, it’s a satirical take on the various cliches, stereotypes, and over-the-top elements found in many popular teen films. With a dreadfully painful soundtrack to match, filled with early 2000s tragics like Everclear, Marilyn Manson, Sixpence None the Richer, System of a Down and Scott Weiland.
Interestingly, Not Another Teen Movie was the the directorial debut of MTV executive Joel Gallen, and includes many well known actors and actresses like Chris Evans, Chyler Leigh, Mia Kirschner, Jaime Pressly and Lacey Chabert, to name a few.
10. The Hangover (2009)
Directed by Todd Phillips, The Hangover stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha and Jeffrey Tambor. It was released in the year 2009.
The Hangover is about four life-long friends who had to Las Vegas for a bachelor party but when they lose the Bachelor during a night of debauchery – they have have to put their differences aside to find their friend.
11. Me, Myself and Irene (2000)
Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Me, Myself and Irene is a crazy comedy starring Jim Carrey, Renee Zellweger, Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins, Daniel Greene, Anthony Anderson and Jerod Mixon. It was released in the year 2000.
Me, Myself and Irene is about Jim Carrey’s character, state trooper Charlie Baileygates, who has a history of everyone in his life taking advantage of him. To the point where his wife cheats on him with a black dwarf and she gives birth to triplets that are clearly not his. When his wife leaves him he decides to raise the three kids on his own. Being a push over and having difficulty with confrontations, Charlie eventually develops a split personality named “Hank Evans” who is the polar opposite of Charlie in every possible way.
When Charlie is ordered to escort Irene Waters to Massena, New York for a hit-and-run crime he begins to develop feelings for her. Feelings which are made hilariously worse when his split personality, Hank, convinces Irene to sleep with Charlie. And the insanity doesn’t end there.
12. Road Trip: Beer Pong (2009)
Directed by Steve Rash, Road Trip: Beer Pong (or, Road Trip 2) is a sequel in the Road Trip franchise starring Preston Jones, Michael Trotter, Nestor Aaron Absera, Danny Pudi and Julianna Guill. It was released in the year 2009.
Road Trip: Beer Pong is about Preston Jones’ character Andy who worries about being apart from his girlfriend, Katy, while he’s at college. Urged by his friends to not worry about her, Andy runs into an old girlfriend and now Beer Pong model, Jenna, who he lusts after. So Andy and his friends decide to go on a road trip following Jenna and her model friends around the country. But things get more complicated when Katy switches colleges to be closer to Andy.
13. Beerfest (2006)
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, Beerfest is a comedy starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Will Forte, Ralf Moller, Mo’Nique, Eric Christian Olsen, Jurgen Prochnow and Cloris Leachman. It was released in the year 2006.
Beerfest focuses on the characters played by comedy group, Broken Lizard, and centers around Oktoberfest and the various mishaps that ensure when two of the characters, Jan and Todd, discover they are somehow relatted to drinking game tournament Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen.
14. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Directed by Peter Farrelly, Dumb and Dumber is a comedy starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Karen Duffy, Mike Starr, Charles Rocket and Teri Garr. It was released in the year 1994.
Dumb and Dumber is about Jim Carrey’s character, Lloyd Christmas, a limo driver who drops off a beautiful client who does a briefcase drop at an airport. Lloyd, thinking she forgot her briefcase, follows her across the country on a road trip with his friend and dog-lover, Harry, as they get into a wide variety of slapstick mishaps while the two hitmen who were meant to pick up the briefcase, pursue them.
15. Zombieland (2009)
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Zombieland is a horror comedy starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. It was released in the year 2009.
Zombieland is set during a zombie apocalypse and focuses on Jesse Eisenberg’s character, Columbus, as he tries to survive the zombie apocalypse. Along the way he picks up a couple of misfits, kills a bunch of zombies, falls in love and meets Bill Murray.
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