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EuroTrip
Directed by Jeff Schaffer
Produced by Alec Berg
Daniel Goldberg
David Mandel
Jackie Marcus
Joe Medjuck
Written by Alec Berg
David Mandel
Jeff Schaffer
Starring Scott Mechlowicz
Jacob Pitts
Michelle Trachtenberg
Travis Wester
Jessica Böhrs
Distributed by DreamWorks
Release date(s) February 20, 2004
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget ~ US$25,000,000 [1]
Gross revenue $20,796,847 (worldwide) [1]

EuroTrip is a 2004 American comedy film. The main plot tells a story about how Scott Thomas (Scott Mechlowicz) and his three friends travel across Europe in search of his German pen pal Mieke (Jessica Böhrs), whom he initially mistakes for a man. Realizing he has feelings for her, they visit London, Paris, Amsterdam, Bratislava, Berlin and Vatican City in Rome, encountering awkward and embarrassing situations along the way.

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Plot

Scott "Scotty" Thomas (Scott Mechlowicz) is dumped by his girlfriend Fiona (Kristin Kreuk) at his high school graduation. Devastated, he e-mails the happenings to his German pen pal Mieke, who he believes is a German guy named "Mike". His friend, Cooper Harris (Jacob Pitts), quips about Scott being "predictable" and all people on the Internet are homosexuals looking for sex. They decide to go to a party to prove Fiona won't stop him enjoying graduation, but they arrive to find she has been sleeping with Donny (Matt Damon), the lead singer of a college band, and are treated to a performance of the song "Scotty Doesn't Know".

Drunk and angry, Scott arrives home and receives an e-mail reply from Mieke, who answers sorry for all that has happened, and wants to arrange a meeting in order to make Scott feel better. Resonating on Cooper's earlier comment of Internet relationships, Scott tells Mieke to stay away from him. Unfortunately, Scott's brother Bert (Nial Iskhakov) explains that "Mieke" in German is not "Mike", but actually similar to "Michelle" in English. Realizing his mistake and that he has feelings for her, he tries desperately to contact her again, only to find she has blocked his address. Pushed by Cooper to leave Ohio and go to Germany to find her, Scott resolves to travel to Europe to fix the situation and confront her face-to-face.

Unable to afford a passenger ticket, Scott and Cooper receive a discounted rate by traveling as couriers to London, where they end up befriending the members of a Manchester United football hooligan firm, led by Mad Maynard (Vinnie Jones), after accidentally stumbling upon their pub and escaping a fight by claiming themselves as members of a Manchester United fan club from Ohio. After a wild night of drinking, Scott and Cooper wake up on a double-decker bus on their way to Paris for a Manchester United game. In Paris, they meet up with their fraternal twin friends Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Jamie (Travis Wester), who decide they will accompany them to Berlin to find Mieke (Jessica Böhrs). They agree on visiting other parts of Europe, since this will be the last summer the four of them will spend together before going off to different colleges.

Following a long train ride with an overly enthusiastic Italian man (Fred Armisen) attempting to grope them, the group ends up in the fictitious French town of Crans Sur Mer, but leave immediately after realizing that only men go to the town's nude beach during the summer (the women don't want to be gawked at and therefore go to another beach). In Amsterdam (which is actually filmed in Prague), Cooper heads to Club Vandersexxx (which is said to be the Red Light district's "hottest sex club" as a bribe to American men) which is actually a brutal BDSM club, and Scott and Jenny mistakenly go to a café and eat what they believe to be hash brownies and proceed to "freak out," only to realise that they are normal brownies. While Jamie is at a camera store seeking to have his prized Leica M7 camera cleaned, the female shopkeeper takes him to the alley to engage in oral sex. Unfortunately, Jamie, who is in charge of all of the money and passports, is robbed of everything by a mugger (Diedrich Bader).

With no choice but to hitchhike to Berlin, they manage to get a truck driver to pull over. Unfortunately, he does not speak English. The driver mentions Berlin in his speech many times, he is actually saying he is going nowhere near Berlin, as he is wanted there for assaulting a woman and raping a horse. They ultimately end up in Bratislava, Slovakia (filmed in Milovice in the Czech Republic), where they are horrified by the desolation of Eastern Europe. They talk to a Slovak man and discover there is no train network, but due to an exaggerated exchange rate, they get the executive suite at a lavish Slovak hotel with only $1.83. Deciding to have "some more fun", they arrive at a nightclub, owned by a man Jenny met at the railway station in Paris. Smitten, she nearly falls for him, until she discovers he is married and bisexual. In a fit of depression, Jenny downs half a bottle of absinthe, becoming so intoxicated she makes out with her brother - who are both horrified after snapping back to reality. The next morning, the same Slovak man drives them to Berlin. Unfortunately, Mieke's father states his daughter has gone on a boat tour for the summer and will only be reachable in Rome for a short time. In order to afford flight tickets, Jamie sells his precious Leica camera.

In Rome, the four head to Vatican City, where Mieke will tour before she leaves. Cooper erroneously rings the bell of Saint Marco, before setting fire to a "pope hat" and throwing it onto the fireplace, which lights up white smoke in Vatican City, making everyone believe a new pope has been elected. Trying to escape, Scotty gets tangled in a golden curtain, before stumbling out on the balcony where he is believed to be the new pope. Spotting Mieke, he jumps down a banister to meet up with her. Although the Swiss Guard realize what is going on and attempt to stop them and severely punish them for their actions, the football hooligans from England return and save Scott and Cooper. Scott finally introduces himself to Mieke in person and upon confessing his love for her, Mieke has sex with Scott in a confessional before she boards her boat, telling Scott to continue to write to her. A man whom Jamie took on a tour of the Vatican turns out to be Arthur Frommer, author of the guidebook Jamie has memorized and he hires him to tour every museum and cathedral in Europe. Scott, Cooper and Jenny finally get their passports and prepare to head home. On the return trip, Jenny entices Cooper to have sex with her in one of the aircraft's toilets.

Scott moves to Oberlin College in the fall and is surprised to see Mieke. She states she is his roommate, due to another misunderstanding about her name. The film ends with Scott and Mieke embracing one another and kissing on her bed.

Cast

Production

All scenes were filmed in Prague, Czech Republic,[citation needed] especially in the streets close to the Rudolfinum. The opening scene placed in the United States was filmed at the International School of Prague. The scene when the main characters are boarding the train station in Paris was filmed in Prague's main railway station (Hlavní nádraží)[citation needed]. The scene inside "Vatican City" was actually filmed in Prague's National Museum.[citation needed]

Home media

Eurotrip was released on DVD on June 1, 2004, in an R-rated theatrical version (91 minutes) and an "Unrated" extended version (93 minutes).

Reception

Box office

The film was released in the United States and Canada on February 20, 2004 in 2,512 theaters. Over its opening weekend, the film grossed $6,711,384. It went on to gross $17,771,387 in the United States and Canada and $3,025,460 in other territories for a worldwide total of $20,796,847.[1]

Critics

On the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 47% approval rating based on 111 reviews and a 23% rating based on 26 reviews from top critics.[2][3] On Metacritic, the film scored 45 out of 100 based on 30 reviews.[4]

Soundtrack

Eurotrip
Soundtrack by various artists
Released February 24, 2004
Genre Punk rock, pop
Label Milan
Professional reviews
  1. "Scotty Doesn't Know" - Lustra
  2. "My Generation" - Chapeaumelon (The Who cover)
  3. "Wild One" - Wakefield
  4. "99 Red Balloons" - Goldfinger (Nena cover)
  5. "In The City" - The Jam
  6. "Shooting Stars" - Cauterize
  7. "Nonchalant" - Chapeaumelon
  8. "Scotty Doesn't Know" (Euro Version) - MC Jeffsky
  9. "Make My Dreams Come True" - Apollo 440
  10. "Du" - David Hasselhoff (Peter Maffay cover)
  11. "Les Promesses" - Autour De Lucie
  12. "I Love Marijuana" - Linval Thompson
  13. "Turn It Up" - Ugly Duckling
  14. "Get Loose" - The Salads

Additional tracks

The film features additional tracks not included on the soundtrack album:

  • "Morning Train (9 to 5)", a song by Sheena Easton plays after the football hooligans, having forced Scott and Cooper to "sing the Manchester United song", approve of Scott's altered ending to the song.
  • "England 5 - Germany 1", a song by the seminal English Oi! band The Business plays on the hooligan bus trip to Paris.
  • "Guinness Boys ", a song by the seminal English Oi! band The Business plays on the hooligan bus trip to Paris.
  • "Prosper", a song by Maurice Chevalier is playing over the background in the scene at the Louvre when the panning camera stops and returns to ogle a beautiful brunette.
  • "Ça plane pour moi", a song by Belgian musician Plastic Bertrand, can be heard when the four friends first get on the train.
  • Donna Summer's 1979 hit "Hot Stuff", is featured in the scene where the four are on the train to Amsterdam.
  • "Let Forever Be", a song sung by Noel Gallagher of Oasis on lead vocals and performed by The Chemical Brothers. It can be heard in the unrated edition where the twins are seen drunkenly kissing each other.
  • Bloodhound Gang's The Bad Touch. The song can be heard in the film when Cooper is walking in Amsterdam looking for Club Vandersexx
  • "Keine Überdosis Deutschland", a song by Normahl, can be heard during the journey through Germany to Bratislava.
  • "The Sacred War" during the visit in Slovakia.
  • "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet is used in the scene where they take off in an airplane.

Theme song

"Scotty Doesn't Know" is a song that was written exclusively for the film. It is performed by the band Lustra, but in the film, the lead singer is portrayed by Matt Damon, whose character surreptitiously steals a girl from "Scotty", hence the title and subject matter.

The song contains numerous lewd references to how Scotty's girlfriend Fiona has been cheating on him for an extended period of time. In the film, the song becomes something of a popular phenomenon: a week or so later in Bratislava, the song is remixed and is playing in a popular nightclub. By the end of the film, it has become so widespread and (presumably) popular that Scott's best friend Cooper is able to use it as the ringtone on his phone.

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EuroTrip
Directed by Jeff Schaffer
Produced by Alec Berg
Daniel Goldberg
David Mandel
Jackie Marcus
Joe Medjuck
Written by Alec Berg
David Mandel
Jeff Schaffer
Starring Scott Mechlowicz
Jacob Pitts
Michelle Trachtenberg
Travis Wester
Jessica Böhrs
Distributed by DreamWorks
Release date(s) February 20, 2004
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25,000,000 [1]
Gross revenue $20,796,847 (worldwide) [1]

EuroTrip is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Jeff Schaffer and co-written by Alec Berg and David Mandel. The main plot follows Scott "Scotty" Thomas (Scott Mechlowicz) and his three best friends from Hudson, Ohio who travel across Europe to search for his German pen pal Mieke (Jessica Böhrs), whom he initially mistakes for a man. Realizing Scott has feelings for Mieke, he and his friends visit London, Paris, Amsterdam, Bratislava, Berlin and Rome, encountering awkward and embarrassing situations along the way.

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Plot summary

Scotty "Scott" Thomas (Scott Mechlowicz) is dumped by his girlfriend Fiona (Kristin Kreuk) at his high school graduation in Hudson, Ohio. Devastated, he e-mails the happenings to his German pen pal Mieke (Jessica Böhrs), who he believes is a German guy named "Mike". His friend, Cooper Harris (Jacob Pitts), quips about Scott being "predictable" and all people on the Internet are homosexuals looking for sex. They decide to go to a party to prove Fiona won't stop him enjoying graduation, but they arrive to find she has been sleeping with Donny (Matt Damon), the lead singer of a college band, and are treated to a performance of the song "Scotty Doesn't Know", a song that details the affair. Drunk and angry, Scott arrives home and, after urinating on his brother's bathrobe, receives an e-mail reply from Mieke, who answers sorry for all that has happened, and wants to arrange a meeting in order to make Scott feel better. Resonating on Cooper's earlier comment of Internet relationships, Scott tells Mieke to stay away from him. Fortunately, Scott's younger brother Bert (Nial Iskhakov) explains that "Mieke" in German is not "Mike", but actually similar to "Michelle" in English. Realizing his mistake and that he has feelings for her, he tries desperately to contact her again, only to find she has blocked his address. Pushed by Cooper to leave Ohio and go to Germany to find her, Scott resolves to travel to Europe to fix the situation and confront her face-to-face.

Unable to afford a passenger ticket, Scott and Cooper receive a discounted rate by traveling as couriers to London, where they end up befriending the members of a Manchester United football hooligan firm, led by Mad Maynard (Vinnie Jones), after accidentally stumbling upon their pub and escaping a fight by claiming themselves as members of a Manchester United fan club from Ohio. After a wild night of drinking, Scott and Cooper wake up on a double-decker bus on their way to Paris for a Manchester United game. In Paris, they meet up with their fraternal twin friends Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Jamie (Travis Wester), who decide they will accompany them to Berlin to find Mieke. They agree on visiting other parts of Europe, since this will be the last summer the four of them will spend together before going off to different colleges. Following a long train ride with an overly enthusiastic Italian man (Fred Armisen) attempting to grope them, the group ends up in the fictitious French town of Crans Sur Mer, but leave immediately after realizing that only men go to the town's nude beach during the summer (the women don't want to be gawked at and therefore go to another beach). In Amsterdam (which is actually filmed in Prague), Cooper heads to Club Vandersexxx (said to be the Red Light district's "hottest sex club" as a bribe to American men), which is actually a brutal BDSM club and he is subjected to sadistic torture, which is allowed to continue only because he can't pronounce the "safe word" to get it to stop. He did get a free t-shirt, though. Scott and Jenny mistakenly go to a café and eat what they believe to be hash brownies and proceed to "freak out," only to realise that they are normal brownies. While Jamie is at a camera store seeking to have his prized Leica M7 camera cleaned, the female shopkeeper takes him to the alley to engage in oral sex. Unfortunately, Jamie, who is in charge of all of the money and passports, is robbed of everything by a mugger (Diedrich Bader).

With no choice but to hitchhike to Berlin, they manage to get a truck driver to pull over. Unfortunately, he does not speak English. The driver mentions Berlin in his speech many times, he is actually saying he is going nowhere near Berlin, as he is wanted there for assaulting a woman and raping a horse. They ultimately end up in Bratislava (filmed in Milovice in the Czech Republic), where they are horrified by the desolation of Eastern Europe. They talk to a Slovak man (Rade Šerbedžija) who loves 1980's American television series Miami Vice and uses familiar 1980's catchphrases. They discover there is no train network (though, one is due to be completed the following summer), but due to an exaggerated exchange rate, they get the executive suite at a lavish Slovak hotel with only $1.83. Deciding to have "some more fun", they arrive at a nightclub and dance to a Euro version of "Scotty Doesn't Know". The club is owned by a man Jenny met at the railway station in Paris. Smitten, she nearly falls for him, until she discovers he is married and bisexual. In a fit of depression, Jenny downs half a bottle of absinthe, becoming so intoxicated she makes out with her brother - who are both horrified after snapping back to reality. The next morning, the same Slovak man drives them to Berlin. Unfortunately, Mieke's father (Walter Sittler) states that his daughter has gone on a boat tour for the summer and will only be reachable in Rome for a short time. In order to afford flight tickets, Jamie sells his precious Leica camera.

In Rome, the four head to Vatican City, where Mieke will tour before she leaves. They enter the Vatican by convincing the Swiss Guards at the gate that they are a private tour group from America, that Jamie is their guide, and that Cooper is mentally retarded. When one of the guards sees Cooper getting a brain freeze from eating gelato, he says, "I can tell. It's very sad." After deceiving the guards, Scott and Cooper decide to part ways from their friends in order to find Mieke. While frantically searching the Vatican for Mieke, Scott and Cooper encounter a choice between two doors. Door number two would ultimately lead them on the right path. Cooper states his reputation that Mieke has traveled through door number two, Scott is not receptive to his friends advice, deciding on the first door. Just before Scott pulls Cooper down the wrong path; Cooper erroneously rings the bell of Saint Marco, before setting fire to a "Papal Mitre" and throwing it onto the fireplace, which lights up white smoke in Vatican City, making everyone believe a new pope has been elected. Trying to escape, Scotty gets tangled in a golden curtain, before stumbling out on the balcony where he is believed to be the new pope. Spotting Mieke, he jumps down a banister to meet up with her. Although the Swiss Guard realize what is going on and attempt to stop Scott and Cooper and severely punish them for their actions, the football hooligans from England return and eventually saves them. All the while, the Pope (played by an actor) has been viewing the proceedings on television from his apartment and says, "What the hell?" Scott's brother, Bert is also watching back in Ohio and proceeds to videotape the whole thing as he thinks Scott is, yet again, embarrassing himself. Scott finally introduces himself to Mieke in person and upon confessing his love for her, Mieke has sex with Scott in a confessional before she boards her boat, telling Scott to continue to write to her. A man whom Jamie took on a tour of the Vatican turns out to be Arthur Frommer (played by an actor), author of the guidebook Jamie has memorized and he hires him to tour every museum and cathedral in Europe. Scott, Cooper and Jenny finally get their passports and prepare to head home. On the return trip, Jenny entices Cooper to have sex with her in one of the aircraft's toilets.

In the film's epilogue, Scott moves to Oberlin College in the fall and is surprised to see Mieke. She states she is his roommate, due to another misunderstanding about her name ("Now who would be dumb enough to make a mistake like that?", Scott asks). The film ends with Scott and Mieke embracing one another and kissing on their bed.

Cast

Production

Writers Mandel, Berg, and Schaffer all directed while only Schaffer could achieve director credit, according to the DVD filmmaker commentary. All scenes were filmed in Prague, Czech Republic,[citation needed] especially in the streets close to the Rudolfinum. The opening scene placed in the United States was filmed at the International School of Prague. The scene when the main characters are boarding the train station in Paris was filmed in Prague's main railway station (Hlavní nádraží)[citation needed]. The scene inside "Vatican City" was actually filmed in Prague's National Museum.[citation needed]

Mieke's email to Scotty includes a German word "zussamen", a possibly intentional error, which Scott is then able to find in a German-English dictionary. The actual German word is zusammen, meaning "together".

Home media

Eurotrip was released on DVD in the U.S. on June 1, 2004, in an R-rated theatrical version (91 minutes) and an "Unrated" extended version (93 minutes).

Eurotrip was to premiere on HBO on Saturday April 2, 2005, but HBO scrapped the premiere due to death of Pope John Paul II. In the movie, there is an image of Pope and a Vatican setting.

Reception

Box office

The film was released in the United States and Canada on February 20, 2004 in 2,512 theaters. Over its opening weekend, the film grossed $6,711,384. It went on to gross $17,771,387 in the United States and Canada and $3,025,460 in other territories for a worldwide total of $20,796,847.[1]

Critics

On the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 47% approval rating based on 111 reviews and a 23% rating based on 26 reviews from top critics.[2][3] On Metacritic, the film scored 45 out of 100 based on 30 reviews.[4]

Soundtrack

Eurotrip
File:Eurotrip soundtrack
Soundtrack by various artists
Released February 24, 2004
Genre Punk rock, pop
Label Milan
Professional reviews
  1. "Scotty Doesn't Know" - Lustra
  2. "My Generation" - Chapeaumelon (The Who cover)
  3. "Wild One" - Wakefield
  4. "99 Red Balloons" - Goldfinger (Nena cover)
  5. "In The City" - The Jam
  6. "Shooting Stars" - Cauterize
  7. "Nonchalant" - Chapeaumelon
  8. "Scotty Doesn't Know" (Euro Version) - MC Jeffsky
  9. "Make My Dreams Come True" - Apollo 440
  10. "Du" - David Hasselhoff (Peter Maffay cover)
  11. "Les Promesses" - Autour De Lucie
  12. "I Love Marijuana" - Linval Thompson
  13. "Turn It Up" - Ugly Duckling
  14. "Get Loose" - The Salads

Additional tracks

The film features additional tracks not included on the soundtrack album:

  • "Morning Train (9 to 5)", a song by Sheena Easton plays after the football hooligans, having forced Scott and Cooper to "sing the Manchester United song", approve of Scott's altered ending to the song
  • "England 5 - Germany 1", a song by the seminal English Oi! band The Business, plays on the hooligan bus trip to Paris
  • "Prosper", a song by Maurice Chevalier is playing over the background in the scene at the Louvre when the panning camera stops and returns to ogle a beautiful brunette
  • "Ça plane pour moi", a song by Belgian musician Plastic Bertrand, can be heard when the four friends first get on the train
  • Donna Summer's 1979 hit "Hot Stuff" is featured in the scene where the four are on the train to Amsterdam
  • "Let Forever Be", a song sung by Noel Gallagher of Oasis on lead vocals and performed by The Chemical Brothers. It can be heard in the unrated edition where the twins are seen drunkenly kissing each other
  • Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch". The song can be heard in the film when Cooper is walking in Amsterdam looking for Club Vandersexx
  • "Keine Überdosis Deutschland", a song by Normahl, can be heard during the journey through Germany to Bratislava
  • "The Sacred War" during the visit in Slovakia
  • "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet is used in the scene where they take off in an airplane
  • "Horndog" by Overseer plays during the club scene in Eastern Europe
  • "Bück Dich" by Rammstein is used in the scene where Cooper is dominated at Club Vandersexxx

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