They should've stayed home

February 20, 2004|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Eurotrip probably could be worse. Hard to imagine how, though.

The saga of freshly commenced high-school grads carousing their way through Europe, it's cast with charisma-free actors, depends on originality-free humor and is suffused with bad taste that's supposed to be funny just because ... well, just because it's in such bad taste.

Har har.

Newcomer Scott Mechlowicz is Scott, a straight arrow who, in a moment of uncharacteristic brashness, jets off for Europe to find - and to profess his undying love for (and bed) - the luscious German pen-pal he's unwittingly dissed.

Accompanying him are his rapscallion bud Cooper (Jacob Pitts) and twins Jenny and Jamie (Michelle Trachtenberg and Travis Wester), whom they also know from school.

And so the wild and crazy American teens set off on a journey through Europe, where they offend the locals, get involved in sexual hi-jinx and party hearty.

OK, Eurotrip contains a few laughs, including a song ("Scotty Doesn't Know," performed by a crazed and nearly unrecognizable Matt Damon) about blissful ignorance and a funny gag about the exchange rate in Eastern Europe, where a dollar goes a long way. But most of the humor is both determinedly puerile and unfunny, performed by a generic cast (Pitts seems content to let his hair do the acting). The one exception is Trachtenberg (from TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer), a vibrant young actress who spends most of the film looking embarrassed to be there. Smart girl.

Eurotrip

Starring Scott Mechlowicz, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jacob Pitts

Directed by Jeff Schaffer

Released by Dreamworks SKG

Rated R (nudity, sexuality, language, teen-age drinking)

Time 90 minutes

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