Euro Trip (2004)

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I can’t give this film a terrible review, as much as I want to. Eurotrip was able to accomplish its main goal, it made me laugh. I really enjoyed how this poked fun at many of the long held stereotypes we all know about. Things like nutty English soccer hooligans, Dutch stoners, the stuck up French, and Americans lack of geography knowledge outside of America are all lampooned to great effect in this film.

The plot of this film is not strong, it’s really just an excuse to get a quartet of American recent high school graduates over to Europe where chaos ensues. The main protagonist, Scott (Scott Mechlowicz) has just been dumped by his girlfriend (Kristin Kreuk) so he runs to Europe with his best friend (Jacob Pitts) to meet up with his pen pal in Germany (Jessica Boehrs) who also happens to be smoking hot. Along the way they meet up with a pair of school friends, two siblings (Michelle Trachtenberg and Travis Webster) backpacking through Europe over summer before they start college in the fall. Scotty needs to get to Germany before his girl reads a drunken email he sent that will jeopardise any chance he has of a romantic relationship. Obviously, this doesn’t end up being as easy as it should be, and the quartet end up causing shenanigans all over the continent.

This was a fun movie, we had recently watched crap like Dude Where’s My Car?, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Dumb and Dumberer. Eurotrip is like Citizen Kane compared to those three films. It made me laugh, and I was also impressed with the amount of cameos in this film. Matt Damon is a lot of fun as the skinhead rock star that Kristin Kreuk breaks up with Scotty for. I had his song ‘Scotty Doesn’t Know’ stuck in my head for a few days after this film. It was really catchy. Vinnie Jones is also great as a crazy English soccer hooligan, and Lucy Lawless hams it up well as a dominatrix in Amsterdam.

Eurotrip is not a great film, but there are enough laughs here to make it seem like you haven’t wasted 90 minutes by watching it.

Rating: C-

The EuroTrip movie poster proclaims “No actual Europeans were harmed in the making of this film.” I’m not sure any brain cells were used in the making of this film.

This is the type of movie that is just bad, and not in a “so bad, it’s good” kind of way. It’s clearly trying to replicate the success of similarly stupid flicks from the early 2000s, but with a C-grade cast and even worse script. I really want to know who has what dirt on Matt Damon, because his cameo in such a substandard movie is mystifying.

I was going to say that I can’t decide if this is worse than Dude, Where’s My Car?, but EuroTrip is definitely worse. Dude featured idiots being idiots in their home country. EuroTrip features idiots abroad, the kind who fit every obnoxious stereotype of Americans behaving badly. If it was funny (or at the very least mildly accurate), I might be more forgiving. But it’s not. This is terrible from start to finish.

Rating: F

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