Monday, March 18, 2024


 by Adam Riske

Nominated for “Best Cameo” (Matt Damon) at the MTV Movie Awards. He lost to Simon Cowell in Scary Movie 3. That’s ridiculous.

• Best Scene/Moment: The section where they visit Bratislava and live like royalty off very little money because of the exchange rate.

• Best Song: “Scotty Doesn’t Know” by Lustra. As if there was ever a doubt. It’s one of the best songs of the 21st century.
• Best Merch: A DreamWorks promotional bottle of Absinthe for the film’s theatrical release for $79.99. I doubt this is the real drink but it’s a cool collector’s item. Also, does Absinthe age well for liquor (like wine)? Or would this be like drinking a 20-year-old beer?

• Director Grade: EuroTrip was directed by Jeff Schaffer and is his sole feature film directing credit. What a mic drop! Schaffer is mostly known for his television work as a writer and/or director on series like Seinfeld, The League, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. It’s hard to pass out a grade based on one movie, so I’ll judge him just with my grade of EuroTrip. Overall Grade: B+

• Double It with This 2004 Movie: The Girl Next Door

• Year 2004 Movies to Trailer Before It: Mean Girls, Napoleon Dynamite, Saved!

Color of Night or EuroTrip? EuroTrip
• Mall Movie? Absolutely. Raunchy teen comedies were made to be shown at the mall.

• Only in 2004: A Scott Mechlowicz lead. I like him. He’s junior varsity Josh Hartnett.

• Scene Stealer: Matt Damon.

• I Miss: When every teen comedy had a Stifler character. Stifler was the early 2000s Tony Stark.

• I Don’t Miss: Gay panic and special needs jokes.

• 2004 Crush (tie): Michelle Trachtenberg and Jessica Boehrs.

• 2024 Crush (tie): Michelle Trachtenbeg and Jessica Boehrs.
• What I Thought in 2004: I liked EuroTrip a lot. It was much funnier than I expected it to be. EuroTrip was so good that I still liked the movie even after I found out my girlfriend at the time watched it with the guy who shortly thereafter became her next boyfriend instead of me. Even that didn’t ruin EuroTrip. #AdamDoesn’tKnow

• What I Think in 2024: It’s not as perfect as I thought it was in 2004 when I was 22 years old (how could it be?) but the movie’s still entertaining and consistently funny. This viewing made me feel equal parts nostalgic and old. Why didn’t Michelle Trachtenberg have a bigger career in movies?

1 comment:

  1. Matt Damon was robbed even though I know it wasn't actually him singing. "Scotty Doesn't Know" is a classic.