Director: Todd Phillips Starring: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Tom Green Budget: $16m Box Office: $120m
Plot: Early success for Todd “The Hangover” Phillips, on the American Pie bandwagon to the extent that Stifler’s in the cast. Narrated in flashback by Tom Green (“Wait, girls don’t just stand around naked, having conversations!” / “Yes they do, and it’s my story.”) it’s at heart a rather sweet story about a college loser travelling across country – buddies in tow – to salvage his long-distance relationship. Frat houses, car wrecks, sperm banks… You know the drill.
Road Trip: Beer Pong (2009)
Director: Steve Rash Starring: DJ Qualls, Mary Elizabeth Cobb, Rhoda Griffis
Plot: Another road trip for more or less the same reasons, this one featuring encounters with biker gangs and the CIA, and a beer pong tournament. In a way it’s actually surprising that there haven’t been more of these, given how simple and repeatable the formula is. On the other hand, this is really a stand-alone film that only exists as a Road Trip because Paramount found that they owned the rights to the franchise after their purchase of DreamWorks SKG. There are a couple of returning cast members though: forced back into servitude were DJ Qualls as Kyle, and Rhoda Griffis as “Tour Group Mom” (not as promiscuous as Stifler’s mom). Also, Community fans will be interested to see a young Abed (Dunny Pudi) doing a gig he’s probably pretty embarrassed about. Not cool cool cool.