ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Eurotrip is a sucky Roadtrip
Starring: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenburg
Directed by: Alec Berg & David Mandel
By Anna Coutts
It has its moments. It really does. But Eurotrip just doesn’t offer
the nonstop laughter it’s predecessor Roadtrip did.
The jokes play on every European stereotype, from the German Nazis to the
infamous nude bathing in France. Some of these jokes are absolutely hysterical,
especially for the first hour of the film. Sadly, as the film drags on, it
also winds down. The gaps between laughs grow continually larger, forcing the
film into a silly and sappy finale.
Perhaps this is because the creators tried to stick too closely to their successful
Roadtrip story-line. While in this case young Scotty (Mechlowicz) is the innocent
one getting dumped by his slutty girlfriend (Kristen Kreuk) — instead
of the cheating one trying to keep his sweet girlfriend — the gist of
the film is basically identical.
Just as in Roadtrip, there is a spontaneous trip as the main character and
his kooky friends rush from place to place so he can to get the girl (in this
case Scotty’s hot German pen pal). Of course, there are all kinds of
crazy mishaps and detours along the way. But the producers forgot one thing:
sequels are never as good as the original.
While Eurotrip isn’t technically a sequel, it’s close enough,
but not quite good enough. Only briefly does it capture Roadtrip’s witty
If you’re looking for a light comedy and a couple of quick laughs, Eurotrip
is it. But be forewarned: it’s not for the politically correct. If you’re
easily offended by stereotypical jokes, steer clear of this flick.