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Laramie Movie Scope:
Road Trip

Another silly, titillating, juvenile comedy

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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May 22, 2000 -- In the proud tradition of "Porky's" and last year's "American Pie," we have another silly, titillating comedy for the juvenile-youth market. There are plenty of raunchy jokes and bare breasts to go around, and while it is not sensible or subtle, it is funny.

The basic plot has Josh Porter (played by Breckin Meyer of "Go") accidentally sending a video tape to this girlfriend. The tape shows him and another girl having sex. He discovers the mistake when he tries to show the tape of his sexual conquest to his friends. Talk about kiss and tell. He decides to drive 1,800 miles from Ithaca, N.Y. to Austin, Tex., to intercept the tape before she sees it.

Several friends come along. Left behind to feed the pet snake is the local brain-fried lunatic, Barry (hilariously played by Tom Green of "Superstar" and Comedy Network, MTV and Canadian television shows). Barry is also the narrator of the story. The narration happens while he is escorting a tour group around campus. Green is one of those manic, out-of-control comics who can take over a movie.

Josh and his friends, E.L. (Seann William Scott "American Pie," "Final Destination"), Rubin, (Paulo Costanzo) and Kyle Edwards (DJ Qualls, a skinny guy with a great physical comic presence) all get into a car with no clear plan of what to do. Edwards, who is definitely not in the in crowd, gets to come along only because it is his car they are driving.

From that point on, the story becomes an even raunchier road tale as the boys get themselves into all sorts of trouble by taking shortcuts and making stopovers at an all-black fraternity and at a Viagra-smitten grandparents house. Along the way there are the usual assortment of politically incorrect jokes about blacks, fat people, blind people etc. Through various fantasies, we also see the twisted corners of the narrator's mind -- a mind it is better to not to try to understand.

In one raunchy scene, we find out why it is not advisable to send back food at a restaurant, even if it isn't prepared exactly the way you ordered. We meet an incredibly rude motel operator (played by Andy Dick), and we meet Kyle Edward's very tough father, Earl, (Fred Ward of "Short Cuts") who thinks his son has been kidnapped. We also see Kyle's coming of age, so to speak. E.L. discovers, on the same trip, a love for anal-induced ejaculation. It is one of many scenes that makes the audience go "eeeew!" This movie is definitely not for those of delicate sensibilities.

From the above-mentioned anal humor to Barry putting a live mouse in his mouth, to some very disgusting French toast breakfast presentations, this movie is low-brow all the way, and proud of it. What makes it funny is that the story does have character development and that makes the reactions of the characters to various situations more funny than the situations would otherwise be. Kyle's transformation from a shy dweeb to a cocky dweeb, E.L.'s discovery about what makes him happy, Josh's discovery that it is O.K. to just be himself, these are the things that kept me interested, along with a number of unexpected plot turns. This film rates a B.

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Copyright © 2000 Robert Roten. All rights reserved.
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