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Joy Ride (2001)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  5 October 2001 (USA)
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Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny (Lewis's Roommate)
Car Salesman
Officer Keeney
Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
McKenzie Satterthwaite ...
Asst. Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
Gas Station Mechanic
Kenneth White ...
Luis Cortés ...
Night Manager (as Luis Cortes)
Officer Akins
Sheriff Ritter
Gas Station Manager


College student Lewis decides to drive across the country to see Venna, a friend who doesn't know that Lewis is interested in her romantically. Unfortunately for his plans, Lewis gets saddled with his raucous-spirited older brother, Fuller, whose on-the-road pranks get the brothers and Venna sucked into a nightmare when a psychotic truckdriver takes offense. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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It started as a joke. Now the joke is on them. See more »


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Candy Cane  »

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Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,347,259 (USA) (5 October 2001)


£2,215,996 (UK) (24 May 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the nighttime chase scenes, the headlights of the trucks and cars were replaced by aircraft landing lights for extra brightness. This helped to bring down the exposure enough to keep the sky consistently black even at early dawn. See more »


Rusty Nail's truck changes to different models in some shots: Freightliner and Peterbuilt. See more »


Lewis Thomas: I've got a plan.
Venna: What's your plan?
Lewis Thomas: Let's never go back there again.
Venna: Oh, I can't wait to never go back there.
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References Smokey and the Bandit (1977) See more »


Written and Performed by Caroline Lavelle
Courtesy of Teldec Classics International
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Only worthwhile for dedicated fans of the stars
2 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Ever wonder who blackmails a budding star like LeeLee Sobieski into a hopeless part in a worthless movie? In the uneven Glass House, in which she gives a performance better than the movie deserved, making it watchable. In " My First Mister", she gives a performance that hints at future Oscars.In Joy Ride, she is essentially window dressing, a token nubile young starlet. The director has lots of fun hinting at her cleavage, her (covered) nipples, her panties and other pg 'eroticism' for 12 year olds.

In addition to wasting LeeLee, this movie never develops real suspense. The plot is even more unbelievable than average. The actors seem to be swallowing their giggles. All the best scenes were in the trailer.

Fans of Paul Walker, of Fast and Furious fame, might also endure the movie for his sake.

Steve Zahn tries to steal the movie, and almost succeeds, but ends up overacting to overcome the bad script.

I gave this a 6 for LeeLee, but recommend you watch The Glass House instead.

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