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Starring Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg, Travis Wester, Jessica Bohrs,
Matt Damon, Kristin Kreuk, Lucy Lawless, Joanna Lumley, Molly Schade

The Old School and Road Trip producers headed by executive Ivan Reitman are back at it with the skittish, raucous mid-winter comedy, Eurotrip. It has what the older teen and college students look forward to when it comes to movies-sex, nudity, language, and drugs, pretty much of the gratuitous kind.

The movie would seem to get high marks for its sheer lunacy that its “actors” enjoy with perverse pleasure from the writers of the recent Dr. Seuss adaptation, The Cat in The Hat.

Starring Scott Mechlowicz, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jacob Pitts, and Travis Webster, Eurotrip gets into motion as Mechlowicz's Scotty is dumped at picture taking during high school graduation. Then his new ex is seen dancing on stage at a party with a shaved, highly pierced boyfriend, a cameo for Matt Damon, who lipsyncs “Scotty Doesn't Know.” Actually, Jeff Schaffer's movie has a few cameos, maybe they were lured in by Reitman, who started this type of zaniness a generation or so ago with National Lampoon's Animal House.

Eurotrip would obviously share some similarities and mentality with the aforementioned Road Trip and popular teen fare like American Pie. Scotty has a German internet pen pal named Mieke who happens to be a girl to die for. Mieke obviously never sent a picture but helped Scotty to become proficient in German.

The loser/insulting mentality supported by Scotty's precious, irksome young brother is the type of attitude that drives a film that oddly has more ebullience to it than the fading comedy The Big Bounce.

Hopscotching from London to Paris to Amsterdam and then Eastern Europe, the optimistic quartet deliriously goes along in meeting Vinnie Jones Snatch who plays another tough guy, a soccer/football captain where he's had success in real life. One of them will unfortunately meet Lucy Lawless' Madame Vandersexxx, and a couple will meet up with Rade Sherbedgia's peculiarly informative (on pop culture and music) Tibor. The big laughs for the target audience come during a train ride with stretches in a dark tunnel with a Creepy Italian Guy (Fred Armisen) who makes Webster's Jamie, twin of Jenny, highly uncomfortable. Humor and the group's itinerary abounds in misunderstanding which triggers a boisterous, vulgar side that touches on an intimacy of the siblings that Pitts' Cooper reminds them of.

Proper enjoyment of this frisky, raunchy farce might come from having brownies not like ones consumed at a bar. All sorts of stereotypes are accounted for throughout, even in scenes on a nude beach and on a street where Scotty one ups a Robot Man, maybe the smartest thing besides an animated airplane opening credit sequence.

Joanna Lumley of TV's “Absolute Fabulous” shows up in deadpan form as a Hostel Clerk and Schaffer pushes things when it turns out that the very pretty Mieke (Jessica Boehrs) is on a Vatican tour. The plot keeps going because of a state of the art camera that Jamie no longer uses and begins to show off his knowledge of the Frommer travel guide.

It's all lowbrow, low-budget, and all in fun, especially for those who stay through the end credit, not the typical missing one's lines out takes. When Jones breaks bottles of ale or takes the caps off with his eyes nothing is cut of course, but some of the crude, crazy humor goes deep making broad, empty figures of those abroad and obsesses sharply on the Fuhrer in a spontaneous, off-putting way.


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