Eurotrip


Directed by: Jeff Schaffer
Written by:Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer
Starring: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Travis Wester, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kristen Kreuk
Released: August 12, 2004
Grade: C-

Well, it could have been worse, but, um, I don’t know how to finish this sentence.

I myself have just returned from a 5 week trip across Europe and to employ an overused cliché, it was one of the “best times of my life”.  The culture in each country is unique and our tour manager told us to embrace it with the catchphrase – “it’s not wrong, it’s just different”.

You’d think Europe would provide the perfect setting for an American teen flick.  Unfortunately, screenwriters Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer have combined to create a miserable comedy that exploits European stereotypes and offers no insight into a world far more entertaining than the United States.  To employ an overused cliché, Europe for me was one of the “best times of my life”.  Eurotrip, on the other hand, was one of the “worst times of my life”.  With such a disparaging difference, it’s clear to say that something is amiss.

After some amusing opening titles (the only highlight), we begin with a high school graduation.  Armed with a thick travel guide, Jamie (Wester) and his twin sister Jenny (Trachtenberg) are going to be spending the summer holidaying in Europe.  Best friends Scott (Mechlowicz) and Cooper (Harris) are staying home and have summer jobs lined up.  That is until, Scott releases his German pen-pal is not actually a man but a gorgeous blond with nice tits (yes, we see them many times).  Suffice to say, Scott and Cooper are on the first flight out of there en route to Berlin.

As it turns out, getting to Berlin isn’t as easy as hoped.  Our quartet travel through London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and even Bratislava (in Slovakia).  In Paris, the film spends three agonising minutes watching Scott imitate a street performer outside the queue to the Lourve.  How did this make the final cut?  Why not show him heckling some of the illegal immigrants selling Louis Vuitton bags, fake sunglasses or Eiffel Tower statues?

It all unfolds with boring predictability.  There’s plenty of nudity to keep horny male teenagers entertained but if you don’t fit that genre, forget it.  Without giving too much away, it all finishes with a horribly disrespectful display at the Vatican and a pathetically mushy “happily ever after” ending.  If you heard me laughing, it was “at” the film and not “with” the film.

If you look at Eurotrip’s poster, you’ll see the tagline for the film is “no Europeans were harmed during the making of this film”.  Unfortunately, the poster does not discuss how many Europeans were harmed whilst watching the film.  As I say of any film awarded my lowest grade - you have been well and truly warned!