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At Theaters: 10/5/2001 On Video: 3/12/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 47 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 239905
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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A good hearted college freshman, driving cross-country to pick up the girl he loves, is goaded by his "black sheep" brother into playing a prank over the CB radio, ridiculing a lonely voice in the night. That voice turns out to be their worst nightmare, a trucker obsessed with exacting revenge.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Thriller - Teens and young adults are likeliest to enjoy this tense thriller. Older adults may also enjoy but may have a harder time suspending disbelief. Violence, tension, and language make the film inappropriate for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Steve Zahn HAPPY, TEXAS, FORCES OF NATURE, CHAIN OF FOOLS
Paul Walker THE SKULLS, SHE'S ALL THAT, VARSITY BLUES
Leelee Sobieski HERE ON EARTH
Director: John Dahl ROUNDERS
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity. (You see some male butts)
VIOLENCE: Some bloody injuries.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol drinking.
ACTION: Chases with vehicles and on foot.
COMEDY: Dark humor.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "Joy Ride'' zigzags across the conventions of genre, occasionally driving on the shoulders of black humor -- it's a road movie for the way we process suspense today. The knowing, chatty script is by Clay Tarver and J.J. Abrams. But the king of the road is Zahn, expertly steering his path between ironic goofball and real scared dude.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "Joy Ride is diverting as long as you don't expect more from it than it promises to deliver. This is essentially a popcorn movie put together by a director who knows how to generate suspense and build tension. And that's what this is all about. Any dramatic moments are simply there to give the audience a breather between action sequences.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good ''Joy Ride'' is a first-rate pure thriller, an exercise that depends on believable characters and the director's skill in putting the pieces together. The final motel sequence, in which everything breathlessly and bloodily comes together, is relentlessly well-crafted. You want to be scared and have a few laughs and not have your intelligence insulted? Here you go.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "...this taut thriller is sharply directed by John Dahl and benefits from fine, low-key performances by Walker, Sobieski and Zahn, whose usual goofy boisterousness is reworked into something jittery and dangerous. The sequel-ready twist at the end is a letdown, but until then this is a neatly constructed nail-biter.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 190 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
31
Very High
94%
13-19Teens (F)
47
Very High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
41
Very High
95%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
37
Fairly High
92%
30+Adults (M)
14
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
20
High
90%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

The majority of moviegoers enjoyed this movie, but not all that many loved it, except for teens. About half of them rated it very high. Most adults rated it "Excellent" to "Very Good," which indicates an above average movie. However, there were quite a few who rated it very low. It's obviously not a movie for everyone. Be sure to read all the detailed information we provide before deciding to see this movie.

It's very close to what you see in the previews, so I would say, if this looks like your type of movie, SEE IT!

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
WHAT A RIDE! A fun, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Lots of great action with ample suspense. Should appeal to all ages and both males and females. If this looks like your type of movie GO SEE IT!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It's summer vacation and college freshman Lewis Thomas (Paul Walker) is ready to embark on a cross-country road with trip with the girl of his dreams, Venna (Leelee Sobieski). But Lewis' romantic plans are detoured when he stops to rescue his never-do-well older brother, Fuller (Steve Zahn). Fuller, notorious for causing trouble, goads Lewis into playing a practical joke on a lonely trucker over a CB radio. The trucker, an unseen and terrifying force known only by his handle, "Rusty Nail," wants the last laugh ... and revenge.

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