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10 Goofiest Road Trip Movies Ever

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There are times when you want to watch serious, deep movies about the things in life that really matter. For us, we mostly like watching ridiculous movies with terrible-yet-hilarious jokes that have us tittering to ourselves for hours. Based on our love for all things goofy, we came up with this list of the 10 goofiest road trip movies ever. If you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps and need a pick-me-up, check out any of these road trip movies for instant comic relief.

10. A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie is a nostalgic classic for kids of the 1990s and takes a fun, musical approach to the road trip, with Goofy himself at the wheel. The songs are instantly recognizable and the family fun is nonstop, making the film a perfect contender for our goofiest road trip movies list.

9. We’re the Millers

In an oversaturated market for buddy comedy films, We’re the Millers stands out. The all-star cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, and Kathryne Hahn. Drug dealer, David (sudeikis), hires some neighbors to play his family as he drives an RV full of marijuana over the border from Mexico. Hilarity ensues.

8. Beavis and Butt-head Do America

Do you remember the 1990s? We sure do, and Beavis and Butt-head were a big part of it. Their 1996 big screen debut was a Hunter Thompsonesque journey to the heart of the American dream. That is, of course, if by American dream you mean driving across the country under the false pretenses of fornicating with a dangerous man’s wife. Yeah, it’s just about as crass (and funny) as you think it’d be.

7. Kingpin

Another road trip flick from the Farrelly brothers, this is easily the most notable sports movie about bowling ever made. Woody Harrelson stars as washed up ex-bowler Roy Munson, who finds an Amish bowling prodigy in the form of Ishmael (Randy Quaid). Munson takes Ishmael on a journey from Scranton, Pennsylvania, to a tournament in Reno, Nevada. Both actors are good in their roles, but it’s Bill Murray who completely steals the show as the sleazy yet successful bowler who ruined Roy’s life.

6. Death Race 2000

No, we’re not talking the dreadful movie with Jason Statham. This is the original schlocky classic, starring David Carradine and a young Sylvester Stallone. Roger Ebert hated this film so much that he gave it zero stars, but he eventually lightened up and named it among the greatest summer drive-in movies of all time. Tawdry, silly, and at points completely stupid, but a whole heck of a lot of fun.

5. Rat Race

Imagine an eccentric millionaire invited you and five strangers to a luncheon where he told you that he’s hidden two million dollars in a locker in Silver City, New Mexico, and he’s giving each one of you a key to the station. How far would you go to ensure that you get there first to snag the money? That’s exactly what Rat Race does in a truly brilliant fashion.

4. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

Harold—a stock analyst—and Kumar—a medical student—are two friends who like to escape their stressful everyday lives by smoking pot. One day, the two see a commercial for White Castle while high and make it their mission to get to their nearest location and eat all the burgers. Unfortunately, many obstacles stand in their way, from wild raccoons and racist police officers to a hitchhiking Neil Patrick Harris.

3. Tommy Boy

The high point of the late Chris Farley’s tragically brief film career, this 1995 comedy pairs him with friend and fellow SNL cast member David Spade. Farley plays the titular Tommy, an immature frat boy who must suddenly take responsibility after his father, owner of an auto parts manufacturer in Sandusky, Ohio, dies from a heart attack. To save the company, Tommy has to sell 500,000 brake pads, so he embarks on a sales trip with his father’s sarcastic assistant, Richard Hayden (Spade). It’s not the most tightly plotted film, but the chemistry between Farley and Spade makes the journey worthwhile.

2. Borat

Borat Sagdiyev – a fictional reporter from Kazakhstan who is outrageously bigoted – is a creation of Sacha Baron Cohen who became a full-blown cultural sensation in 2006 when he got his own mockumentary film. Directed by Seinfeld scribe Larry Charles, Borat features a road trip through the American heartland in which the titular Kazakh outrages real-life citizens with his ridiculous antics. And despite its (uproarious) “goofiness,” this movie actually manages to be a pretty trenchant satire of American life circa-2006, and it has managed to retain much of its bite (and all of its humor) over the years.

1. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

After the success of his stage show, The Pee-wee Herman Show, star Paul Ruebens wrote a script for a full-length film adaptation with collaborators Michael Varhol and Phil Hartman. Released in 1985, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure ended up being the directorial debut of a young Tim Burton. It tells the story of the childlike Pee-wee, who takes a cross-country trip to relocate his stolen bicycle, making several memorable stops along the way (our favorite is the Alamo). This family classic paved the way for a sequel (1988’s Big Top Pee-wee), and impressed Warner Bros. so much that they hired Burton to helm the 1989 blockbuster Batman.

Did we miss your favorite goofy road trip movie? Let us know and we’ll check it out! Meanwhile, see our lists of the 10 worst and 15 best road trip movies.

Image Sources: New Line Productions, Inc, Paramount Movies, New World Pictures