EuroTrip (2004)

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Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends.


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3 July 2004 | Victor Field
No "Road Trip," but no "Eurotrash" either.
"Eurotrip" isn't really in the same league as the crass but hilarious "Road Trip" (also from DreamWorks Pictures and the Montecito Picture Company), though it shares the same mindset and basic premise of a guy trekking with his friends to sort out a misunderstanding with a lady. Unlike that movie, however, it doesn't have enough momentum to sustain itself all the way; it goes in stops and starts, with moments of real hilarity (like the robot mime duel in France set to "Two Tribes") between bits of the filmic equivalent of dead air.

The movie also has the strikes against it of coming from the writers of the excruciating "The Cat in the Hat," and of having a lead whose name keeps slipping my mind (and in fact the only one of the four principals who is immediately memorable is Michelle Trachtenberg). But this time Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer have a milieu that can take the crudity, and they're to be thanked for not having too many body function jokes (in a choice between flatulence gags and topless blondes with big breasts, the latter gets my vote every time). The heroes's journey through Europe brings up every single stereotype - football hooligans in England, sexually-uninhibited Dutch (shout-out to Lucy Lawless as a dominatrix in Amsterdam), way-behind-the-times Eastern Europeans ("'Miami Vice' number one show!"), sexually predatory Italians ("Mi scusi...") - but they paint the US characters in such similar broad strokes ("Europe's the size of Westwood Mall") that most people won't take offence. And that's quite an accomplishment for a movie which has a little German boy playing at being Adolf Hitler...

It's occasionally even stupider than it has to be, and the big climax in the Vatican (don't ask) could have been better handled, but the supporting cast and the cameos make up for the bland leading man, and it has enough laughs and enough fetching ladies (especially Molly Schade as the girl in the Jacuzzi at the party ["Is it off now?" "Keep rubbing it"] and Jessica Boehrs as the German penfriend who kicks off the plot) to make it a pleasant enough time-passer... although Joanna Lumley's cameo during the outtakes in the credits is an understandable omission from the main body of the film.

Two points to finish off: Jones tells a Vatican employee that he hates the Swiss, a surprisingly prescient remark from an English football fan (United International Pictures released "Eurotrip" in the UK around the time England were knocked out of the European Championships, for which a lot of people blamed the referee... who was Swiss); and Michelle Trachtenberg is not only getting more attractive as she gets older but can also - metaphorically and literally - look down on Sarah Michelle Gellar. Face it, she wasn't the one in "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed."

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First letter from Scotty to Mieke real version " To: mieke_schmidt@deutschnet.com Subj: RE: E-card for you

Hallo Mieke, Grüsse von Deinem amerikanischen Brieffreund. Meine Abschlussfeier verlief nicht so wie ich es mir vorgestellt hatte . Erinnerst Du dich im Fiona , meine Freundin sie hat mit den Laufpass gegeben. ich glaube , Fiona hat mich schon betrogen bevor wir noch begonnen haben mitelnander ausgehen . Und onkel Meke hat ein kleines Mädchen angeschrien well es ihn komisch angesehen hat. Auf Wiederschen Scotty " english version "To: mieke_schmidt@deutschnet.com Subj: RE: e-card for you

Hello Mieke, Greetings from your American pen pal. My graduation was not as I had imagined. Do you remember Fiona, my girlfriend has left me. I think Fiona has already cheated on me before we even started going out with each other. Meke and uncle yelled at a little girl alot and she has looked at him in a funny way. Goodbye's Scotty"


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P.A. announcer: Congratulations. Hudson High class of 2004!


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During the opening credits when director Jeff Schaffer name appears, a map of Europe can be seen with flags for each country. The Republic of Ireland is shown to have the colors of the Union Jack of the United Kingdom (of which RoI is not a part) and not the green, white and orange colors of the Irish flag.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits are an animated tongue-in-cheek parody of a boarding pass and safety instructions card of fictional European Airlines.


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In the Italian version the creepy train guy speaks Spanish.


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Don't Be Sad
Written by
Ryan Adams, Mike Daly & James Iha
Performed by Whiskeytown
Courtesy of Lost Highway Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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