Eurotrip Jeff Schaffer

Eurotrip Jeff Schaffer
Don't let the fact that this film is written by the same lot who penned the screenplay of The Cat in the Hat turn you off, for what could have been yet another horrible teen comedy to throw on the stinking heap is actually quite funny for the gross-out genre.

Sure, there was a mental checklist made as to how many stereotypes would make an appearance and how many gags would be lifted from National Lampoon's European Vacation, but the fact is that the cast of virtual unknowns are somewhat charming and make it easier to smile in situations that sound disastrous on paper.

Our lead, Scott (Scott Mechlowicz), has been corresponding with a male German pen pal, Mike, for some time now, but after Scott is dumped by his stunning girlfriend (Kristin Kreuk), he proceeds to get completely shit-faced and emails his European friend for the last time, telling him to get bent in the process. Hold on though, as apparently Scott's grasp on the German language isn't as strong as he thought and Mike is actually Mika, a sexy German vixen! Within minutes of finding out his once male friend is actually a girl, Scott realises that they're in love, but his disturbing email caused her to block his address. Rather than signing up for Hotmail, Scott flies to Germany with his kooky friend Cooper (Jacob Pitts). The pair meets up with the twin sister and brother combo of Jamie and Jenny (Travis Wester and Michelle Trachtenburg) in Paris and the mischief begins.

Scenes such as a gang of drunken football hooligans in London with Vinnie Jones as their leader, as well as Fred Armisen's creepy Italian train seduction, should have you laughing, as much as you try not to. Sure there are the requisite drug jokes in Amsterdam and a horrible Hitler impersonation done by a German child, but what else were you expecting when it comes to America's perception of foreign countries?

The character of Scott is your typically boring male lead and the entire love story angle is worthless, but the rest of the cast (especially Pitts) pick up the slack and actually manage to pump some life into what could have been a horrible film, given the rather weak script. Surely there's already a Eurotrip 2 in the works and a successful comedy's charm will most likely be flushed down the toilet. (Dreamworks/Universal)