Joy Ride

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): John Dahl
Production: 20th Century Fox
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


Feeling's right, because for the first time,

I see myself through somebody else's eyes.

It was completely claustrophobic.

Big surprise.

Aren't we due for a hell of a downpour?

Hear they had a speed trap set up.

No one ever said

freshman year would go by so fast.

At least Colorado has seasons.

Berkeley is like summer all year.

Am I keeping you on the phone?

No, not at all.

So, what's David doing this summer?

-I don't know. Who cares?


Sorry I didn't tell you before.

I just felt a little strange.

What? I don't understand.

We broke up.

He's been acting serious and weird.

How? He was getting serious and weird?

I told you what he was like.

Lewis, it's 3:
00 a.m.

I've got a final tomorrow.

I'm sorry. I'll be quieter.


I'm sorry.

So what happened?

He kept looking at me as if, you know...

...he totally thought he knew me,

which he so obviously didn't.

Then he started crying, which...

...sealed the deal.

You made him cry.

I broke up with him. Wouldn't you cry?

Listen, you're cute,

but you're not that cute.

I was kidding.

Well, I'm not in the mood to go home.

I wish I had a car,

then I could just get there gradually...

...and decompress a little bit, you know?

If you had a car,

you could stop by Colorado...

...and pick me up.

We'd have an adventure.

The two of us and a windshield.

I have a car.

No, you don't.

Yeah. Didn't I tell you?


Well, I got one.

-Sexy choice.


Yeah. Vintage 1971, Chrysler Newport.

I changed plans. I'm no longer flying back.

I bought a car so I'm driving.

By yourself?.

No. Actually,

I was thinking about picking up Venna.


Sorry. Sorry. That's great, Lewis.

What's the matter?

Your brother just called.

He was arrested again.

Drunk and disorderly.

Where? ln San Diego?

Salt Lake City.

Don't worry. It's not your problem.

What did Dad say?

You know your dad.

He didn't even want to talk to Fuller.

He said if he hasn't grown up yet,

it's never going to happen.


I know.

I miss him, too.

-Listen, before you start writing anything--

-License, please. Registration.

My brother's in jail.

I haven't seen him in almost five years.

I'm driving 200 miles out of my way

to help him out.

So that U-turn was based

on a whole good-deed scenario.

I'm also writing you up

for a broken taillight.

I have one of those?

I'm aware of how frustrating

the prison system in this country is.

Repeat offenders, the un-rehabilitated.

I watch American Justice with Bill Kurtis.

But I'm different.

I'm reformed. You know, I'm strong.

Officer Wilkins, this is my pledge to you.

You will not be seeing me again.

Two strikes are enough for Fuller Thomas.

You look...

...tall. Taller than me.

How's it going?

A lot better now.

Kid. Goddamn.

You came all the way to Salt Lake

just for me?

Technically, you are still my brother.

Hey, this is my brother.

-Look at you, man.

-Mr. Thomas?

-Thank you for coming.

-You're welcome.

-Thank you.

-Sign out, please.

You're welcome.

Listen, I'm supposed to pick up a friend...

...and I'm running kind of late.

I just wanted to see how you were doing...

...and take you where you need to go

because I need to hit the road.

Where are you going?

Boulder, Colorado. Then I'm going home.

-Perfect. That's great.


You know, with the exception

of the seat spring piercing my ass...

...this ride is excellent.

So, who are you picking up?

-Venna. She's a friend from back home.

-Wait, the blinker?

That girl from the Heights?

The one who...

...all day long?

-No, you haven't seen her in years.

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Clay Tarver

Clay Tarver (born November 8, 1965 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American guitarist and writer. He is the co-showrunner and an executive producer of Silicon Valley. more…

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