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Joy Ride (2001)

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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Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
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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 »

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Mystery | Thriller

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

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5 October 2001 (USA)  »

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Candy Cane  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$21,973,182 (USA) (6 January 2002)
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Eric Stoltz and Eric Roberts auditioned for the role of "Rusty Nail". See more »

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When Fuller and Venna are outside the motel room, Fuller takes her key and uses it to open the lock. When he turns the key, the whole knob turns, indicating that the knob was never locked. (See Goodfellas for the same mistake.) See more »

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Lewis Thomas: He's watching us!
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References When a Stranger Calls (1979) See more »

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Nothing Lies Still Long
Written by Beerman, Fisk, Freeman, Spalding
Performed by Pell Mell
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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an unexpected Joy
3 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A couple of punk kids use a CB to prank off the wrong guy in this above average teen thriller. I say above average, but as far as teen thrillers go, with "I know what you did last summer", "Urban Legends", and their ilk cluttering up the sub-genre, a movie like this is frigging' Macbeth.Not to say this film is without flaws, Leelee Sobieski is pretty wooden in her role as Venna and there are plot holes that you can even drive Rusty Nail's truck through. However it does create some good tension, so I'm willing to overlook that.

My Grade: B-

Fox DVD Extras: Commentary by Director John Dahl; 2nd commentary by Writes Clay Tarver and J.J. Abrams; 3rd Commentary by Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobrieski; Making-of; Deleted scenes; 4 alternate endings; Voice auditions for Rusty Nail; White Rabbit type Branching option; Theatrical trailer


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