lost, for a little while

my top road trip movies
November 7, 2010, 10:40 pm
Filed under: inspiration, sources

It’s freezing outside and I’ve been mainlining Netflix all weekend. Time to create the ultimate queue of Road Trip movies! Requirements: a movie I’ve seen that includes a car, a journey, and a moment that reflects the reality of road tripping.

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
THE CAR: Wagon Queen Family Truckster (a fictional car based on the Ford LTD Country Squire)
THE JOURNEY: From the suburbs of Chicago to the Walley World amusement park in Los Angeles
THE MOMENT: “This is no longer a vacation. It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun.” (a.k.a. Point of no return.)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
THE CAR: yellow VW microbus
THE JOURNEY: From Albuquerque to the “Little Miss Sunshine” pageant in Redondo Beach, CA
THE MOMENT: “I’m being pulled over. Everybody just pretend to be normal!” (a.k.a. Your family is not normal.)

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
THE CAR: a dependable sedan (Until NPH steals it.)
THE JOURNEY: In search of White Castle
THE MOMENT: “You think this is about the burgers? This is about far more than that.” (No explanation needed.)

The Muppet Movie (1979)
THE CAR: Studebaker
THE JOURNEY: From a swamp in Florida to Hollywood!
THE MOMENT: “A frog and a bear, seeing America!” (a.k.a. Traveling with your best friend.)

Dumb & Dumber (1994)
THE CAR: the “Sheepdog” (a converted Ford Econoline)
THE JOURNEY: From Providence to Aspen to return a suitcase of money
THE MOMENT: “Radio? Who needs a radio?” (a.k.a. Someone–usually mom–decides to start singing.)

Into the Wild (2007)
THE CAR: yellow Datsun and, later, the infamous bus
THE JOURNEY: All over America, ending in Alaska
THE MOMENT: No one single moment–just the overall feeling of freedom throughout the entire film.

The Blues Brothers (1980)
THE CAR: the Bluesmobile (a former cop car)
THE JOURNEY: All around Chicago
THE MOMENT: Again, no specific moment, but it hammers home the fact that every good road trip needs good music.

Honorable mentions: Transamerica, The Hangover and Thelma & Louise.

Which movie do I need to see next that belongs on the list?


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