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Road Trip

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Vulgar for some parents, but teens will love.
  • R
  • 2000
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Comic violence.


Frequent and explicit sexual references and situations, nudity.


Strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, smoking, and drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the version of this movie on video includes even raunchier scenes deleted before theatrical release in order to get an R rating. The unrated version released on the video would have been likely to receive an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, and parents might want to view it themselves before allowing their children or teenagers to watch it, even if they saw it in the theater. There's foul language, crude humor, nudity, sexual situations, and a character who does drugs to hide his sensitivity.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBlurbie April 9, 2008

Something to laugh your a** off at!!

OMIGORD!!!!!! How can anyone not love movie?? Okay, yes, there is the odd naked chick scene that you cringe at (unless of course you're a guy) but other th... Continue reading
Adult Written by[email protected] April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byBeavis222 April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written bymad man April 9, 2008

What's the story?

ROAD TRIP centers on Ithaca University student Barry (Tom Green) and his friends. Trouble begins when Barry's friend Josh (Seann William Scott) cheats on his girlfriend (Rachel Blanchard) with the girl he really likes, Beth (Amy Smart). Not only is his video camera accidentally left on but his friend accidentally mails it to his girlfriend in Austin. Barry remains behind on campus while Josh and three friends set off on an 1,800 mile epic road trip on which they blow up their car, constantly run out of money and regain it in various ways, meet all sorts of crazy people, and learn their respective lessons about standing up to your parents, getting girls, friendship, etc.

Is it any good?

Although the entire cast is very good and Green is not the main character, it's really his movie. In fairness to the intended audience for this movie, the following review was written by my 16-year-old, who wanted to give it more stars: Road Trip, a raunchy comedy in the style of Detroit Rock City and American Pie, is a laugh out loud movie that's good to see with friends if you're a teenager (probably guys will like it more than girls) while parents will avoid it for its vulgar humor and its parents-just-don't understand star Tom Green.

Throughout the movie they shoot back to Barry, who stays on campus because he wants to feed Josh's snake while he's gone. His attempts to get it to eat a mouse, sing folk songs and help Beth find Josh ("He went to Austin. It's in Massachusetts." "You mean Boston?" "Yeah.") had the audience laughing harder than anything else. Green seems to be just thrown in to make it funnier until the ending where he unwittingly saves the day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of raunchy comedies such as this one. Do characters and plot matter, or are the jokes the most important part?

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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