The Daytrippers (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 March 1997 (USA)
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When a happily married woman discovers a love letter written by her husband to an unknown party, she enlists her dysfunctional family to discover the truth.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis D'Amico
Eliza Malone D'Amico
Pat McNamara ...
Jim Malone
Rita Malone
Jo Malone
Carl Petrovic
Stephanie Venditto ...
Eddie Masler
Jill Rowe ...
Monica Young
Andy Brown ...
Amy Stiller ...
Amy Corinne Fairbright-Lebow
Peter Askin ...
Nick Woodman


Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station wagon, to go to the city to confront Louis with the letter. On the way, the five explore their relations with each other, and meet many interesting people. Written by Mike Myers <>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

5 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En route vers Manhattan  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$44,928 (USA) (7 March 1997)


£271,605 (UK) (21 August 1998)

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Andrew Marvell is mentioned as a contemporary of Shakespeare, but he wasn't born until five years after the Bard of Avon died. See more »


Carl: [to Jo after her mother collapses in the street] Jo, talk to her; say something.
Jo Malone: [sardonically] Don't walk toward the light Mom.
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References Matlock (1986) See more »


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Written by Blair Mackichan (as Blair MacKichen) and Phil Taylor
Performed by Blair
Published by BMG Songs, Inc. O.B.O., BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd. by arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Licensing
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highly satisfying
4 November 1998 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A Long Island woman finds a love letter in her house and suspects her husband of cheating. Her over-protective (and very pro-active) family convinces her to confront her husband at his workplace in Manhattan. They all (wife, mom, dad, sister and sister's boyfriend) pile into the station wagon to hunt down the scoundrel. In their efforts to find him they meet a bunch of interesting characters and learn a little bit more about their own feelings for one another.

This movie is so sweet in its examination of family loyalty and so honest in its examination of long-failed relationships in denial that I feel it is easily one of the most satisfying video rentals I've ever experienced. There's enough comedy throughout to provide laughs (especially any and all jokes at the expense of Liev Schreiber's pretentious novelist) and the realistic sisterly affection shared by Parker Posey and Hope Davis is genuinely touching.

Also provides a subtle examination of the Long Islander's relationship to Manhattan - the latter acting as an unfamiliar, answerless maze through which the family has to pass in order to find the truth.

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