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Road Trip (BLU-RAY)

Road Trip

Movie
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On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Grade:
B
Running Time: 
94 minutes
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Despite probably being able to find this online elsewhere, this Blu-ray is technically a Best Buy exclusive, so that's probably your best bet.

Nearly a decade before he created The Hangover, Todd Phillips gave us Road Trip, the story of a college guy who accident mails a video tape of himself having sex with another girl to his long distance girlfriend and the cross country trip he undertakes to stop her from getting it.

The tale unfolds as Barry (Tom Green) tells the "greatest love story ever" to a tour group visiting the University of Ithica. Josh (Breckin Meyer) and Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) have been together since they were five, and they went to different colleges, he to Ithica and her to the University of Austin in Texas. Tiffany hasn't been returning Josh's calls lately and he's worried that she's moved on. He finally breaks down to the advances of Beth (Amy Smart) and the night is captured on tape. Ironically, he has been making a tape to send to his girlfriend of his thoughts and a song and other lovey-dovey sort of stuff, which he has asked his roommate Rubin (Paulo Costanzo) to mail off for him. Rubin, of course, mails the wrong tape. Oh, and Tiffany calls to say her grandfather died and she's been at her parents' house and is why she hasn't called Josh back.

So, Josh, Rubin, and Josh's friend E.L. (Seann William Scott) borrow Kyle's (DJ Qualls) car to drive to Austin and intercept the tape. Kyle comes along, because in addition to the car, the boys need Kyle's dad's credit card to pay for the titular Road Trip.

Hyjinks ensue.

No, seriously, that's how movies of this type happen. Everything goes wrong and the guys have to do crazy stuff to get to Austin in time. Meanwhile, Josh has a midterm he must pass to stay in school, and he believes he has an extension, but that's a lie. Beth, who really likes Josh, finds out the deception and sets off to find Josh to tell him.

The main conceit of the film is that this story has already happened, and we keep returning to Barry as he tells the tour group about it, and unfortunately these bits are probably the worst part of the film. Both because they are uninteresting, and because they feature Tom Green.

Overall though, it's a decent movie. Funny without being too gross. However, I feel that the 1998 movie Overnight Delivery, starring Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon, handles the story of chasing a package cross country to save a long distance relationship much better, is funnier and has heart.

The Blu-ray has good quality picture and sound, and includes both the rated and unrated versions of the movie. I'd be hard pressed to tell you the difference though. The unrated version is a minute longer and I'm pretty sure that minute is all in one scene of girls standing around naked in a shower room, because the camera lingers on the breasts and zooms in on them while the girls talk which I think would be something arbitrary enough that the MPAA might consider to push a film into NC-17 territory mostly just to make the director cut something and prove how powerful they are. There are deleted scenes, a short making of featurette, a music video - "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" by the Eels, a teaser and two international trailers. Oh, and subtitles in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

If you like Road Trip, it's worth owning, but there's nothing here to make it a must buy if you have access to it through other means.

Review by Jason Pace
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