Flashback Friday-Road Trip (2000)

The road trip genre can be broken up into three different categories: family vacation/rebellion/buddy comedy.

The 2000 movie Road Trip falls in the buddy comedy category.

Josh (Breckin Meyer) and Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard) have been together as long as they can remember. Then Josh has one night stand with Beth (Amy Smart). That one night stand is recorded on the same day that Josh is planning to mail a video letter to Tiffany. Somehow, there is a mix up and the wrong tape is mailed to Tiffany. The only way to stop Tiffany from seeing the wrong tape is to get to Austin before the tape does. Can Josh and his friends beat the tape or is he destined to become a single man?

This movie can be boiled down to dumb college humor. While it might be funny to some, others might see it as a waste of brain cells.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.


Throwback Thursday-Just Friends (2005)

For some, high school is a time of joy, youth and fun. For others, it’s the reason many of us only go home for the holidays.

In the 2005 movie, Just Friends, Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds) high school was far from fun. Overweight, unpopular and secretly in love with Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). After graduating from high school, Chris leaves his small town for Los Angeles, looses the weight, joins the music industry and become a playboy.

When a trip to Paris is cut short due to a fire, Chris has no choice but to return home and bring Samantha James (Anna Faris), the latest and greatest singing sensation with him. When Chris and Jamie reunite, Chris has one goal: to tell Jamie how he feels about her.

I have mixed feelings about this movie. One on hand, it summarizes how many of us felt during high school. But at the same time, it is very predictable and this movie almost feels like a second rate sequel to a John Hughes high school movie from the 1980’s.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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