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Published on March 15th, 2004 | by Erich Becker

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Review: Eurotrip

Eurotrip is the film that cost DreamWorks the talent of director Todd Phillips, who had nothing to do with this film, and DreamWorks’ constant promotion of the film, implying he may have been, has opened up a very visible rift between the two parties, and it seems that Phillips was on the right side of the argument as Eurotrip, even being hyped as being from the producers of Old School and Road Trip, serves no greater purpose than to show just how ignorant American tourists are and show the lax borders on the MPAA’s rating system.

Those looking for the next big thing are going to be looking for a while, as Eurotrip does absolutely nothing new through its 90 minute running time. In fact, the plot is almost directly ripped off of Phillip’s Road Trip. Road Trip consisted of four guys heading to Texas to recover a video tape inadvertently mailed to one of their girlfriends who lived there. Replace “video tape” with “email” and you have the premise of this film.

We pick things up right after high school graduation where Scott (Scott Mechlowicz) is dumped by his cheating girlfriend and left with the companionship of his best friend Cooper (Jacob Pitts) and online, German pen-pal, Mieke (Jessica Böhrs), whom Scott believes is a man. When an email from Mieke asking to come to America and meet Scott is taken the wrong way (after all, Scott still believes her to be a him) he finally figures out the errors of his ways only after sending back a rather terse reply that gets him banned form the ungodly hot German’s inbox. So, in all his wisdom, Scott sets out to Berlin to make a mends with his pen-pal, and along the way gets involved in some wacky adventures.

While in Paris, Scott and Cooper meet up with Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Jamie (Travis Wester), two twins who are sight seeing. With four teenagers in foreign countries and an, seemingly, unlimited supply of money, what could possibly go wrong?

The film isn’t necessarily bad, but it isn’t really that good either. One of the most uncomfortable portions of the film is a trip to a nude beach filled with only those possessing the Y chromosome, and director Jeff Schaffer decides that this would be the best time for a long, overdrawn wide angle shot with nearly 50 guys standing, staring precariously into the camera fully nude. To add insult to injury, Schaffer then decides it would be hilarious for these guys to chase after our heroes, still fully nude, and give us a front row seat to the sausage-fest. Adding together all the movies I have ever seen, and combining them all, I never seen so much full frontal nudity and it couldn’t be any more disturbing.

To make up for the situation there is a healthy amount of female nudity, and not bad nudity at that. In fact, I would go so far as to say Eurotrip has the most nudity, ever, in a film released in the United States that I have seen. For the most part, though, this serves no purpose to the plot other than shock value and bringing one man’s dreams to the big screen.

Eurotrip is just a mindless, spring film to hold us over to the big guns start firing this summer, or what we believe to be big guns. The film does have some funny moments, and the song sung in the beginning about Scotty not knowing about his girlfriend’s infidelity is really catchy, but when you walk out of the film, at the end, hopefully, you won’t remember much of what you have just seen. You’re better off popping in the Old School or Road Trip DVDs and seeing some good laughs and leave Eurotrip to the pre-pubescent teens how think a batch of naked guys running on a beach is gut-busting funny.

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Thirty-something with a love of everything we cover here, and a few things we don't. Erich has run Entertainmentopia since the site's inception in 1999, countless redesigns, a few crashes, and a lot of media later, here you have it!



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