Joy Ride [DVD] [2001]

  • SKU: 4496003
  • Release Date: 03/12/2002
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (134 out of 139)

Synopsis


Joy Ride
After forays into film noir, thrillers, dramas, and even documentaries, director John Dahl tries the teen horror genre on for size. Paul Walker stars as Lewis Thomas, a college freshman embarking on a cross-country road trip during summer break to pick up his girlfriend Venna (Leelee Sobieski). Along for the ride is Lewis' brother Fuller (Steve Zahn), a practical joker who uses the car's CB radio to play a cruel prank on a lonely trucker known only by the handle Rusty Nail. The victim of Fuller's gag turns out to be a psychotic murderer and soon the brothers are being pursued by the relentless stalker, who gets his revenge in gruesome fashion. Joy Ride, which co-stars Matthew Kimbrough, was produced under the working title "Squelch." ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Steve Zahn
    Steve Zahn - Fuller Thomas
  • Paul Walker
    Paul Walker - Lewis Thomas
  • Leelee Sobieski
    Leelee Sobieski - Venna
  • Jessica Bowman
    Jessica Bowman - Charlotte
  • Stuart Stone
    Stuart Stone - Danny



Customer rating

4.4
97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One extremely underrated thriller!

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    Deafmayhem
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    What makes Joy Ride scary is its believability, this kind of thing can actually happen, probably not to the extreme as portrayed in the film, but people do play jokes on each other constantly, and some do get carried away. Composed of a relatively young cast, Steve Zahn (Fuller Thomas,) Paul Walker (Lewis Thomas) and Leelee Sobieski (Venna) did a good job keeping the audiences attention glued to the screen, the pacing was actually well done because there was not a dull moment on this road trip. Unfortunately, with this genre there is usually little character development, which is true for Joy Ride, but it isn't necessarily a bad thing here. Joy Ride was an entertaining and short movie that doesn't take itself too seriously, the direction was tight and the script was decent, it's a great film for adults and teenager alike. Just remember, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and do unto others as you would have them done to you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Road Games thrills

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    AOPisaac
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    Arriving just before "Horror" returned to the cinema for the 21st century, JOY RIDE certainly fits that description, while still living within the defined rules of a "thriller". Fun performances from the 3 leads, good pacing & an easy-to-get-into story from J.J. Abrams puts this on a must-watch list for modern horror enthusiasts. Add an awesome and uncredited vocal presence from Ted (Buffalo Bill) Levine & you know it's worthwhile. Great & cheap HD addition to the chiller/thriller home library.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Guilty pleasure, but I love it

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    EarlGrey
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    Very entertaining and suspenseful movie from the early 2000s. It is very much a product of its time. The acting isn't great, but that is not uncommon for movies like this. Great premise, memorable characters (especially the villain, Rusty Nail, even though he is mostly unseen). Blu-ray quality is only ok, but still better than dvd. The alternate endings included are worth a watch, including a very long one that replaces the whole last third of the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    We need more movies like this.

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    Karen
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    I watched this movie years ago when I was just a kid. I loved it then and I still love it now. I'll just put it this way... If I see a movie when I'm 9 years old and remembered it to purchase it when I'm 25 then it was awesome! This movie is definitely suspenseful and make you wonder what's coming next. My kind of movie for sure! I hope whoever decides to purchase this movie will enjoy it as much as I did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Candy cane

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    Moose
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    This movie is kinda a guilty pleasure, I've always liked this movie I really like the cast, I know Paul walker wasn't the worlds greatest actor but Most of the time like his movies. i like Steve zahns character also. This movie has a great feel to it. I do think when leelee Sobieski character is picked up towards the middle of the movie it kinda goes downhill from there, but overall I'd get it a B.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good Paul Walker film

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    Dave
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    Discovered this little gem the other day. Surprised I have not seen it before. Paul Walker is excellent in a film that is your typical Sunday afternoon suspense/horror film. Nothing new or noteworthy in terms of plot, but the film is definitely entertaining. Good production value, good acting, and good pacing of the story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly good thriller

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    comedyguy13
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    Joyride is a movie that is better than you expect it to be, and better than it probably, thanks to great casting and a smart script co-written by JJ Abrams. Commentaries and deleted scenes are very informative, as they show the rather extensive changes made to the movie between the first draft and the final cut.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow, What a Rush!

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    TattooGrandma4
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    This movie was unbelievable (in an extremely good way). It reminded me of Steven Spielberg's early TV movie "Duel" with Dennis Weaver. See it just for a young Paul Walker (swoon). The acting is great and quite funny in the beginning - but beware it turns deadly. I highly, highly recommend this movie.

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