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Scotty doesn't know German as well as he thinks he does. For most new high school graduates that would be a moot point as far as their future happiness is concerned. But it matters for Scotty. He has been e-mailing his German cyber chum Mieke for several years and during that time Mieke has become a friend, a confidant and a virtual shoulder to cry on.

The day of his graduation, Scotty learns that his girlfriend, Fiona, had been cheating on him for months. So, naturally, he pours out his woes via electronic mail. The response he gets is decidedly unexpected—Mieke begins flirting with him. Shocked and repulsed, Scotty pounds out a scathing reply stating he wants to cut off all contact.

This is where Scotty's feeble grasp of the German language comes in. Unbeknownst to him, Mieke isn't a transliteration of Mike as he had long thought. It's a common female name, and in this case the woman bearing it is not only gorgeous, she's smitten with Scotty. But now she's so offended that she has blocked all his e-mails.

Realizing his mistake, and terrified that he might have rejected the love of his life, Scotty and his friends (the perpetually randy Cooper, and brother/sister duo Jamie and Jenny) set off for Europe with hopes of finding true love, along with copious amounts of mind-altering substances and commitment-free sexual contact along the way.


Positive Elements

While discussing his desire to meet Mieke, Scotty exhibits an admiration for her character, not just her appearance. "I don't even care what she looks like," he professes. "We have this incredible bond." Cooper, in turn, kindly encourages his friend's quest for love. At one point, Jamie selflessly sells his prized camera to fund the multinational trek.

Spiritual Content

One doesn't have to be Roman Catholic to be repulsed by the film's irreverent treatment of the faith and its traditions. Papal succession, priestly vestments, absolution, the crucifix and the sacrament of confession are baldly mocked, sometimes in blasphemous and sexually profane ways. Additionally, a Buddhist busker plays a hammered dulcimer for tourists.

Sexual Content

Nudity is common, and the camera loves to linger. Cooper coaxes a comely but dim-witted co-ed into taking off her top and rubbing her bare breast. Scotty fantasizes about Mieke shedding her gauzy blouse and preparing to make love with him "for a whole month." Audiences are exposed to full-frontal male nudity when the guys visit a clothing-optional beach that is—much to their disappointment—inhabited only by men. Other shots show topless women sunbathing. When Cooper visits a sex club, women wearing pasties stroke his body repeatedly; after he is strapped to a "sex swing," his pants are ripped off. A couple has passionate intercourse in a Roman Catholic confessional box, replete with breast nudity, rear nudity, sexual motions and orgasmic groaning. Naked women pet each other on a TV show.

The raunchy content doesn't stop there. Jokes and sight gags revolve around pornography, genital size, oral sex, ménage à trois, anal sex, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, sexual role playing, masturbation, STDs, erections, sadomasochism, sex toys, ejaculate, bestiality and incest. Cooper is a sex fiend who obsesses about scoring with drunk women and wants to visit Europe in order to broaden his "sexual horizons." Fiona's infidelity is referenced in an oft-repeated ditty dubbed "Scotty Doesn't Know," which mentions fellatio, threesomes and orgasms among other things. An Italian pervert fondles Jamie and Scotty in a darkened train. Prostitutes prowl the streets of Amsterdam. A camera store employee orally services Jamie in an alley.

Violent Content

A video clip attached to an e-mail shows a man being kicked in the crotch. British hooligans brandish weapons when Scotty and Cooper accidentally walk into their private bar. Their ringleader also puts out a cigarette on his forearm, breaks bottles over his head, drives cars off the road with his huge tour bus and leads his groupies in a charge against a French soccer fan. A "fight" with a mime ends when he gets clobbered in the testicles. In Eastern Europe, a dog sits on a corner with a human hand in its mouth. A mugger pulls a knife on Jamie. Cooper and Jamie brawl.

Crude or Profane Language

Over 20 uses of the f-word, and close to 40 other profanities and crudities. There are nearly 10 abuses of God's name and a couple misuses of Jesus' name. Three obscene gestures are made.

Drug and Alcohol Content

When describing the charms of England, Scotty and Cooper conclude its best feature is that there's "no drinking age." Just about every character in Eurotrip is obsessed with Dionysian debauchery. New high school graduates swill liver-paralyzing amounts of alcohol at a party. Scotty gets roaringly drunk. Scantily clad beauties sip wine while lounging in a hot tub. U.K. soccer enthusiasts down huge amounts of suds. Jenny and Scotty munch on what they believe to be hash brownies (in reality, they're just regular sweets). The friends sip champagne and puff on cigars while lounging in a posh hotel. Later, they get ripped on absinthe.

Other Negative Elements

The movie's animated intro shows people explosively vomiting and individuals being fondled as they zip down an airplane's emergency evacuation slide. Cooper makes a crude comment about urination and pregnancy. He also defrauds the company where he is employed. A drunk Scotty accidentally urinates on his brother's bathrobe (off-screen, but referenced in dialogue). Jokes about mental retardation crop up. A young girl urinates while standing up (no nudity).


"Their trek takes them from London to Paris to Amsterdam and Eastern Europe, exposing them—literally—to every lascivious, larcenous and lecherous indulgence Europe has to offer in a comedy that gives new meaning to the phrase 'foreign relations.'"

If only that line from Eurotrip's press kit had ended up as the film's official tag. It would have helped warn parents of inquisitive teens to keep them far away. Eurotrip is so depraved it makes the outrageously raunchy content of the American Pie movies look like family entertainment, both when it comes to frequency and explicitness. Sadomasochism. Homosexuality. Frequent nudity from both genders. Rampant substance abuse. Cruel swipes at the Roman Catholic church. Repeated obscenities. This is one cinematic jaunt you never want to take.

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Scott Mechlowicz as Scotty; Jacob Pitts as Cooper; Michelle Trachtenberg as Jenny; Travis Wester as Jamie; Jessica Boehrs as Mieke; Kristin Kreuk as Fiona


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