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The Quintessential Road Trip Movies

There are scenes from movies set in a car and there are the quintessential road trip movies. The role of the vehicle in a road trip movie is essential – it becomes the character’s movable home and the setting for plot twists, showdowns, and personal transformations. Despite the distance apart, they make a promise to be true to each other and call each other every day. Whatever can go wrong, does go wrong in the hilarious comedy directed by the late, great John Hughes. Road pictures had their heyday in the 1970s, when the traditional western declined in popularity. Not that this is necessary for the message to be revealed, or for a person to be validated a “winner”, but it drives home the point nicely. There is no greater love than the love a mother has for her child…wait maybe the love a father has for his child as well. If you have ever gone to camp, you’ll love the film, and if you haven’t, by the end you’ll much better understand those who have.

Two teen boys convince a heartbroken woman to accompany them on a road trip, learning about themselves and each other along the way. Four friends take off on an 1800 mile road trip to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a girl friend. When you’re hitting the road with the family, pop one of these into the DVD player for the best in travel-themed movies for the whole family. Last year saw the release of the teenage sex comedy American Pie and now, get ready for Road Trip–a wacky wannabe that is mostly a bad trip.