A Film Review By The Mike
|Rating: R for NUDITY, Langauage, Sexual stuff, Drug stuff, and nudity.
Starring: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg
Directed By: Jeff Schaffer
If there’s one thing that’ll never go out of style, it’s the teenage sex comedy. Sure, they’re all the same, moronic characters overcoming obstacles while making fools out of themselves in search for love/sex, but they always seem to make money. The genre’s evolved with time, from 80’s hits like Porkys and Revenge of the Nerds to today’s hits like Road Trip and it’s new follow-up Eurotrip.
As you can probably guess from the title, Eurotrip follows a group on a trip through Europe. The group consists of four standard teen caricatures: A lovelorn guy looking for his German pen pal, A wisecracking and unintelligent comic relief dude, a sister who’s looked at as “one of the guys”, and her brother, the dork. Like I said, standard.
The clichés aren’t limited to the characters. The story is filled with the same kind of silly situations that we’ve seen kids in these type of films be saddled with for years. The lover does desperate things, the comic relief dude says stupid things, and the dork says dorky things. Only the sister seems to get any originality, but she’s often left to the side for adventures by the other characters.
So, as standard as it is, is Eurotrip doomed? Can it even resemble entertainment? As many other films in this genre have proved with less original or intelligent ideas, it can still manage to be funny.
How is this possible? It’s the same formula as every other comedy of its sorts out there! But still it does, do to many factors.
Firstly, it relies on the same kind of jokes that make this genre a hit. No, that’s not a good thing in general, but the success of a film like this has always been reliant on execution. Eurotrip, though predictable and lowbrow, hits as often as it misses, and often hits hard. Especially in the “robot fight” scene, which had me cracking up in hysterics, and still makes me laugh thinking about it.
The characters, in some cases, are also better realized than you’d expect. Scott Mechlowicz’s hero and Travis Wester’s dork are standard, but Michelle Trachtenberg looks and acts great as the sister, who’s a good voice of reason and a nice piece of eye candy, often at the same time (Which is creepy when we remember her as Harriet the Spy back in the day). The real star, however, is Jacob Pitts, whose Conrad is one of the funniest teen comedy figures of the last few years. His timing is perfect, and his retorts are often hilarious (“This isn’t where I parked my car!” had me howling often, and repeating it even more afterwards). This is his first big role, and I hope to see more of him in the future.
Thanks to some good acting, some funny bits, and a slew of cameos (Matt Damon even!), Eurotrip ends up being a much funnier film than any film of its moral ineptitude should be. I can’t really say it’s a good movie, but I can say that I laughed quite a lot, and will remember it longer than most movies I’ve seen so far this year. Like most trips, it took me on ups and downs, but it reached its destination without losing my interest, which is all I asked.
Oh yeah, and watch out for the nudity, which is frequent and non-gender specific. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!