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 17+
Based on 4 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.

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User Reviews

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Adult Written November 11, 2019
Adult Written byShane T. November 27, 2017
Teen, 13 years old Written bythefamilyorg December 13, 2015
Kid, 12 years old March 18, 2013

funny but kids under 12 will find it vulgar

road trip is probably one of the most funniest movies i have ever seen its a bit vulgar and dumb and children under 12 cant watch when i saw it on holiday the l... Continue reading

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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