National Lampoon's Senior Trip
|National Lampoon's Senior Trip|
|Directed by||Kelly Makin|
|Produced by||Wendy Grean
|Written by||Roger Kumble
I. Marlene King
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Release dates||September 8, 1995|
|Running time||91 minutes|
|Box office||$4,686,937 (Worldwide)|
The film follows the story of a group of rude and obnoxious seniors from Fairmont High, an Ohio high school. The school day begins with a school assembly featuring a band called "High on Life" though the student body shows lack of response due to the choice of music playing in front of them. As the band continues to play onstage, Mark "Dags" D'Agastino (Jeremy Renner) and Reggie Barry (Rob Moore) decide to sabotage the assembly by having a track played and exposing the band lip syncing their music as it ends drastically but upbeat. After a typing class, the seniors cut school and throw a party at the home of Principal Moss (Matt Frewer). Moss eventually gets informed about the party from the school body president Steve Nisser (Sergio Di Zio). When he returns home, he gives the group detention, forcing them to write a letter to the President of the United States, explaining what is wrong with the education system.
The next day while arriving at the school, Principal Moss along with the new typing class teacher (Valerie Mahaffey) notices that various newspaper station vans are there assuming that something has gone wrong within the building then finds out from Mrs. Winston that Senator Lerman (Lawrence Dane) is inside the building meeting the seniors much to his dismay. While inside, the senator makes the announcement over the seniors being invited by the President to Washington, who amazingly enjoyed their letter to discuss it. However, it is actually just a plot devised by the corrupt U.S. Senator to humiliate the President.
Upon their journey, the class stops in a convenience store where Dags and Reggie lock Principal Moss in a flooded convenience store toilet so they can steal alcohol from the store. They are followed by Travis (Kevin McDonald), a crazed Star Trek fan and crossing guard, who hitches a ride with an Asian family. While on their way, Principal Moss falls into a "coma" after taking pills given to him by Red (Tommy Chong), the bus driver. At this point, the students go on a rampage celebrating over Moss passing out and throw another party, while Carla Morgan (Tara Strong), the school slut, puts makeup on the sleeping Principal Moss.
The next morning, the bus is pursued by both Travis and the police. Red suddenly dies, apparently from a drug overdose, and the bus nearly plows into a lake. Dags manages to stop it in time, but Travis's ride is not so lucky. In the confusion, Travis escapes.
Arriving at Washington, the group checks into a hotel then decide to take a class photo at a cemetery and goes wrong when Miosky (Eric Edwards) blows out Edgar Hoover's flame via fart lighting, catching Travis on fire in the process. That night back at the hotel, the seniors secretly lace a box of chocolates with tequila and give it to Miss Milford, subsequently leaving and going to a party at another hotel while Miss Milford seduces Principal Moss in a drunken stupor. In the process, Lisa Perkins (Fiona Loewi), discovers the plot to use the students to embarrass the President.
The next morning, Senator Lerman unexpectedly wakes up Principal Moss and Miss Milford who much to their shock over both of them in the same room to prepare themselves and the seniors for their meeting with the President however when they open the room, they do not find them there but only a tied up Steve Nisser. Moss and Milford find the missing students the next morning as they are informed of Lerman's plot as Lerman baffles to the discovery. The senator subsequently kidnaps Miosky and take him to the White House with the others in hot pursuit.
When they arrive at the White House, the senator insults the seniors, but Principal Moss unexpectedly stands up for them. The senator's plot is ultimately exposed, and the seniors go home. The film ends with a montage of the characters and where they ended up after the events of the film.
- Principal Todd Moss: A nerdy, unassertive principal who is constantly undermined by the students, especially Dags and Reggie, who do everything from inadvertently smashing into a flag pole which lands on his new Buick to throwing a senior party at his home.
- Miss Tracy Milford: The new, sexually repressed keyboarding teacher who's a bit naive regarding the students' motives and activities.
- Dags and Reggie (real names: Mark D'Agostino and Reggie Barry): Two drug addicted underachievers who are constantly getting under Principal Moss's skin and are always looking for a way to throw a subversive party.
- Virus (real name: Barry Kimmer): The perverted, porn-obsessed computer nerd who has a very low tolerance for alcohol.
- Carla Morgan: The provocative, attractive, promiscuous party girl.
- Steve Nisser: The preppy, stuck-up student body president whom Principal Moss assigns to spy on Dags and his friends' activities.
- Lisa Perkins: The class brain and goody two-shoes who eventually develops a relationship with Dags.
- Wanda Baker: The reserved and reticent headcase; Reggie's pot-smoking counterpart.
- Meg Smith: The token lesbian.
- Herbert Jones: A politically incorrect cynicist and antisocial bookworm who is always dressed in black and is an aspiring musician.
- Miosky: Obese eating machine and party animal.
- Red: The constantly stoned, drug addict bus driver.
- Travis Lindsey: The idiosyncratic, Star Trek-fixated loner whose entire goal is to "intercept and annihilate the Klingon leader"-i.e. Reggie, who earlier insults him in the beginning of the film.
- Matt Frewer as Principal Todd Moss
- Valerie Mahaffey as Miss Tracy Milford
- Lawrence Dane as Senator John Lerman
- Tommy Chong as Red
- Jeremy Renner as Dags
- Rob Moore as Reggie
- Eric "Sparky" Edwards as Miosky
- Kevin McDonald as Travis Lindsey
- Michael Blake as Herbert Jones
- Tara Strong as Carla Morgan (credited as Tara Charendoff)
- Nicole DeBoer as Meg Smith
- Sergio Di Zio as Steve Nisser
- Fiona Loewi as Lisa Perkins
- Kathryn Rose as Wanda Baker
- Danny Smith as Virus
- Lori Anne Alter as Shirley
- Jack Jessop as Mr. Bloom
- Kay Tremblay as Mrs. Winston
- Jack Newman as Larry Diplo
- Simon Sinn as Mr. Woo
- Grace Armas as Mrs. Woo
- Daniel Lee as Wong Woo
- Paris Chong as Pablo
- Carol Ng as Du Mi Wong
- Wayne Robson as Frank Hardin
- George R. Robertson as President Davis
- Rachel Wilson as Teen Girl (Susie)
- Philip De Wilde as Teen Boy (Fast Eddie)
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The film opened to $2,184,901 from 1,397 theaters with the average to 1,563 per site. The United States had $3,686,337. It was 78% of the total gross of this movie. The overseas gross was $1,000,600. This brings the movie to $4,686,937.
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National Lampoon's Senior Trip received overwhelmingly negative reviews, earning a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes website. However, it currently[when?] holds a B grade at Yahoo! Movies.
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