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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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Car Salesman
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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 was just a joke, just for fun. 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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£2,215,996 (UK) (24 May 2002)
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Trivia

In one scene, a seemingly maniacal ICE truck pulls up to a gas station that the brothers have pulled up to. In Duel (1971), a likewise maniacal truck pulls up to our hero (David Mann) and a small billboard for ICE is visible in the background. See more »

Goofs

When Lewis calls the sheriff's department at the gas station with the ice truck driver he asks for the Rawlins County Sheriff in Table Rock. Table Rock is in Sweetwater County and Rawlins is in Carbon County. There is no Rawlins County in Wyoming. See more »

Quotes

Fuller Thomas: [Fuller and Lewis are driving] You know, with the exception of the seat spring piercing my ass, this ride's excellent.
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Black Sheep and Mama's Boy vs. Rusty Nail!
22 December 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Gripping, white-knuckler of a film was one of the best thrillers of its year!

Brothers driving across the American west play a prank on a truck driver, who then seeks some harsh vengeance.

Joy Ride may recall a lot of road thrillers, such as Duel (1971), Road Games (1981), or The Hitcher (1986), but it's a film that firmly stands out among the genre. The story is genuinely engrossing, with plenty of well-time shocks, suspenseful build up, and intense action sequences. Joy Ride also has a good share of eerie sequences to help it sustain a hair-raising atmosphere and the feeling that doom could be around any turn in the road. This comes off especially effective as our heroes are likable characters. It all builds to a loud, dramatic conclusion. The direction is well done, the cinematography is nicely captured, there's plenty of scenic filming locations, and a moody music score.

The films stars are one of its biggest highlights. Paul Walker makes for a decent good-guy. The lovely Leelee Sobieski is perfect as Walker's head-strong girlfriend. But greatest of all is Steve Zahn as Walker's no-account big brother. Zahn's performance is great and he adds more than a few moments of good comic relief to the film. Ted Levine, who does the voice of our villain, is perfectly frightening.

Road thrillers certainly aren't anything new, but this film is one of the best of them! For thriller fans, Joy Ride lives up to its title.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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