4. Road Trip (2000)
Chances of getting laid (1-10): 10. If DJ Qualls can get lucky, your chances are damn good.
The drink situation (1-10): 3. DJ Qualls got wasted on wine. Wine, people.
Chances of police interference (1-10): 3. It’s loud, but the chances of a fraternity on the university campus being busted are small.
How’s the music? (1-10): 3. Mostly forgettable aside from the classic Run-D.M.C. hit.
We’re willing to bet that Todd Phillips, director of Road Trip (as well as The Hangover), was the hit of every party he attended in high school and college. Either that, or he’s been using his career as a writer and director to live vicariously through film, as this is his second film in the top 25 greatest parties on film. His 2000 comedy Road Trip has become a bit of a cult favorite over the past decade.
It’s largely because of the raucous party that Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Paulo Costanzo, and DJ Qualls attend at an African American fraternity at the University of Tennessee. After passing out from fear after the frat members played a prank on him, Qualls wakes up, gets hammered on some quality wine, and takes the lead as the party animal everyone suspected might be hiding under his skinny little frame.
Qualls’ epic dance to Run-D.M.C.’s “It’s Tricky” is easily the funniest moment in a pretty solid film. It not only turned him into a geek hero and the underdog star of Road Trip, but it also helped him get the girl. And by girl, we mean big Rhonda (Mia Amber Davis). How’s that for swagger.