The short of it: due to a case of mistaken identity, Scott (Scott Mechlowicz) and his best friend Cooper (Jacob Pitts) take a last minute trip to Europe to find the love of Scott’s life, a German girl named Mieke (Jessica Boehrs). While in Europe, they meet up with their two other good friends -- twin siblings Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Jamie (Travis Wester). Together the foursome set out traveling across Europe to locate Mieke for Scott.
On the DVD case and movie poster Eurotrip, boasts that it is brought to you by the “Producers of Road Trip and Old School,” and chances are you won’t be able to get a DVD copy unless it’s the “Unrated” version. There is nudity, crass humor, and all the other things you came to expect in the post-American Pie rush of the late '90s and early 2000s. We’ve all seen these movies, but Eurotrip’s a bit different. There are little quirks in the movie that just add to the fun. For example, whenever the kids go to a new country, we see a thrown together stop motion collage of every stereotype that Americans know about that country. Along those same lines, at some point the four all decide to go to Berlin and use their table in Paris to map out their locations. Eurotrip continually jumps back to this map made up of salt shakers and plates rather than an actual map. It’s these elements that separate Eurotrip into its own niche within a very specific cluster of comedies.
Eurotrip also works by understanding that every country has its own stereotypes and stigmas and plays them to their comedic lengths. There are so many talented people doing great characters that serve simply to laugh at the stereotype, from Fred Armisen as the “Creepy Italian Guy” to Lucy Lawless as Madame Vandersexxx to my favorite, Vinnie Jones, as Mad Mayna the Soccer Hooligan. They are all Saturday Night Live characters brought in to interact with our characters for a few minutes and then move on. Eurotrip is by all means not the first movie to do this, but does it so well with so many characters that it works on a level I haven’t seen a lot.
Eurotrip has some amazing characters. I think it can be said that for a comedy to work, it’s critical that you are invested in the characters because the jokes and plot will have a hard time selling themselves if you don’t love the people telling them. I love Scott, Cooper, Jenny, and Jamie. I want to hang out with them, whether it’s going to Europe or just a Saturday. Cooper is the best friend everyone wants; he’s hilarious, loyal, and very easy to understand. There is not a situation where Cooper makes a decision we didn’t already see coming or wouldn’t have made ourselves. Jacob Pitts nails this character so much that I do wonder why we haven’t seen more of him playing similar roles. He’s hilarious and the absolute perfect opposite to the ultra-conservative Scott. Everyone works, and even the things that don’t work all the way would be the best thing in lesser movies.