Retro Review: Eurotrip

To be perfectly honest I can’t remember the last time I laughed as hard as when I saw the film, “Eurotrip”. Memories of last year’s “Scary Movie 3” or maybe the first “American Pie” or maybe it was as far back as “There’s Something About Mary”. With the sunset of the “gross-out” comedy genre upon us I was ready and willing to say goodbye to the genre as a whole. Then this little gem appeared.

The story is quite simple. Scotty (Scott Mechlowicz) has been learning German over the internet with pen-pal Mike for a while now. After Scotty is dumped by his girlfriend (Kristin Kreuk), his friendship with Mike transcends to a different level when Scotty discovers that his pen pal is actually a girl named Mieke (Jessica Boehrs). The crazy thing is that just seconds before he dumped Mieke thinking she was a guy.

Scotty scrambles to find a way to Europe to finally meet Mieke face to face and confess his love before it’s too late. Scotty may need a little help from his friends Cooper (Jacob Pitts), Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Jamie (Travis Webster) if he is to complete his quest. Can Scotty make it there in time?

“Eurotrip” is hysterical because it doesn’t know when to stop as it antes up each time with a bigger gag. And in a genre of sex romps, crazy prank and insane antics you couldn’t ask for anything more.

I am sure there will be some scenes that are offensive to some but could make others howl with glee. Sure the film is riddled with clichés, stereotypes, caricatures and crazed nudists but you must think of the kind of film we are talking about here.

I really enjoyed the performances from all the film’s leads. Each one displays a sense of innocence but at the same time you know you were one of those characters once upon a time. I especially have to admire the performance of relative unknown, Scott Mechlowicz. With this being his first starring role, you would never guess because this kid is incredible.

The best thing to do to enjoy this film is find a way to get involved with these characters and watch as they get into every outrageous thing one after another. If you loved the “American Pie” films or “There’s Something About Mary” or even Chevy Chase’s Vacation films then there is something here for you.

Probably the funniest funny-bone-numbing movie-stealing scene of the film involves the gang at the Vatican. I haven’t seen a scene that flawless or hilarious in a really long time. People will be talking about and remembering that scene for a long time to come. It will probably go down the same as that hilarious “Seinfeld” or “Family Guy” scene you still can’t get out of your head. I still laugh to myself every time I think of it.

“Eurotrip” is a surprise and a blessing. So warm up that car and get ready to send your funny bone into spasms. This is probably the funniest movie this year.

4 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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