Road Trip (2020)

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun road adventure has cursing, crude sex talk, stereotypes.

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Positive Messages

The series shows how women of different ages, backgrounds, and lived experiences can find commonalities if they communicate, and are willing to listen without judgment. Personal struggles with depression, the loss of a parent, divorce,  and other stories are shared during the journey. Stereotypes about Americans are discussed. 

Positive Role Models

The women are very different, are successful in their own endeavors, and respect each other. Esty Quesada is younger than Nuria, and defines herself as agender (a category of non-binerism) and as a millennial, but doesn't like to be called a YouTuber. Carmina Barrios (who appears in the second season) is older than the two women. 

Violence

Topics like abusive parents and grandparents, feeling suicidal, being hit by a car, and death are discussed. Esty likes morbid topics of conversation, and talks about murder and crime stories. 

Sex

The series contains some very strong innuendo, ranging from frank conversations about sexual behaviors to extremely crude references. Some of these conversations are culturally more permissible in Spain than in the United States. 

Language

There’s lots of cursing in Spanish, and most of the English versions of them are included in the subtitles. Terms like "rednecks" are used and discussed. 

Consumerism

YouTube is discussed. Esty Quesada wears Vans-branded attire. They drive a Chevrolet SUVs, and the logo is visible. A range of local venues from different cities are also featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking is visible at bars. Esty and Nuria do tequila shots. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Road Trip is a Spanish unscripted series featuring two very different celebrities going on an unexpected road trip through the Eastern United States. There’s lots of cursing (the subtitles offer the English versions) and irreverent humor, including some strong innuendo and extremely crude references. YouTube is discussed, the Chevy logo is prominently visible, and lots of tourist stops and local haunts are featured at each stop. There are also some conversations about depression, suicide, and the death of parents. Stereotypes about U.S. citizens, especially from the South, are highlighted.

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What's the story?

ROAD TRIP (2020) is an unscripted series featuring two very different Spanish celebrities on an unexpected road trip through the United States. Eccentric Spanish YouTube influencer Esty Quesada -- a self-defined millennial known for her dark, unique style and irreverent deadpan humor -- was on her way to New York City to attend a drag queen convention. Straight laced actress Nuria Roca was on her way to an important business meeting. When the flight from Spain to New York is diverted to Miami thanks to Hurricane Dorian, the two meet for the first time and decide to drive to the Big Apple together. They are very different people, and both of them have their doubts about traveling together. But as they share this unexpected experience, they realize that they have more in common than they thought, and might even be friends.  

Is it any good?

This lighthearted series follows Esty Quesada and actress Nuria Roca as they unexpectedly set out to see parts of the United States. But while it’s billed as a reality show, sometimes the show feels more like a parody. Most of the tourist stops are clearly preplanned, and despite the lack of a script, there are occasional moments that feel directed. Nonetheless, the banter between the two women feels real (although the nuances of the humor often get lost in the subtitles), and their interactions with people along the way seem genuine. 

Road Trip is a funny show, so much so that a second season was launched in 2021 and features the two celebs, along with actress Carmina Barrios, traveling around Spain. But it’s the first season that U.S. viewers may find more interesting, mainly because it allows them to experience parts of the United States through a non-American tourist’s eyes. It also reveals how popular culture informs much of what they know about the country and the stereotypes they have about Americans. But the best part of the show are the conversations between the cast, who are willing to look past their differences to listen and understand each other.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way people from other countries think about people who live in the United States. What are some of the stereotypes about Americans that are shared throughout this series? Where do these generalizations come from? How do they make you feel?

  • What is the difference between a reality show and an unscripted series? In which category does Road Trip fall? How similar (or different) is this show to other reality series produced in the U.S.?

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