Drake & Josh Go Hollywood
|Screenplay by||Dan Schneider|
|Story by||Dan Schneider
|Directed by||Steve Hoefer|
|Theme music composer||Michael Corcoran
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||Dan Schneider (executive)
Robin Weiner (supervising)
|Running time||73 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Nickelodeon Movies
|Original release||January 6, 2006|
|Preceded by||Sheep Thrills|
|Followed by||Megan's New Teacher|
Drake & Josh Go Hollywood (also known as Drake & Josh Go Hollywood: The Movie) is the made-for-TV film starring Drake Bell and Josh Peck from the Nickelodeon television series Drake & Josh. The film was shot between July and August 2005. It first aired on January 6, 2006 and was released on DVD and VHS on January 31, 2006. The film was the highest rated program on cable for the week with 5.4 million viewers.
The movie opens as Josh Nichols (Josh Peck) runs into the kitchen and tries to tell his step-sister Megan Parker (Miranda Cosgrove) how he got into a prestigious creative writing class. She, however, makes a smoothie, which drowns out his conversation. He and his step-brother, Drake Parker's (Drake Bell) parents (Nancy Sullivan, Jonathan Goldstein) are to take a ten-day cruise in Acapulco. Josh begins to write a story about his greatest adventure for his class but is unable to recall one, concluding that he has a boring life. Meanwhile, Drake's band manager let a great gig slip through his fingers, and Drake and his band then have to play a gig at the "B'Nai Shalom Home for The Elderly." Drake is enraged and fires his current manager and lets Josh take his place. When Drake's parents leave to go on a ten-day cruise, Drake selfishly leaves for over an hour and finally returns, making Megan almost late for her flight to meet a friend in Denver. However, Drake accidentally puts Megan on the wrong flight, and she ends up en route to Los Angeles, California. They try to open the plane doors, but are caught and searched by the T.S.A. They attempt to call Megan's cell phone, but she has accidentally left it with Josh. Soon after, Drake and Josh decide to fly to L.A. to get her. Drake and Josh sit in separate seats, and as per usual, Drake gets better seating companions: women. Josh moves away from a disgusting family he sat next to and sits next to a criminal who has stolen a US Currency Printer. While their plane goes through turbulence, the fat lady Josh sat next to falls over on him. His G.O. (MP3 Player) is switched with the criminal's, who has stored blueprints for counterfeit money on it. Meanwhile, Megan calls for a limo in L.A. and arrives at the Chambrulay Hotel, a luxury hotel by the beach. Once Drake and Josh find that Megan is okay, the boys decide to stay in L.A. for a while. Josh decides to go on his G.O. but realizes there are some weird files on it. When the criminal and his accomplice confront Drake and Josh on the G.O's, the boys attempt to escape and are subsequently chased around the city in a stolen Viper which happens to be Tony Hawk's.
After losing the crooks, Drake and Josh get pulled over by the F.B.I. But, the two "cops" actually turn out to be two more bad guys in cahoots with the other two criminals. The criminals kidnap Drake and Josh and take them to a warehouse, locking them away. Josh figures out that the criminals are the crooks who stole the monetary printing press to forge money that is indistinguishable from legitimate currency. After printing $500 million, the crooks conspire to drown the pair as leader Milo McCreary had said: "I hope you boys are very good swimmers".
Meanwhile, Megan finds one of the crooks' wallets in her hotel room. She has her limousine driver take her to the warehouse, where she finds Drake and Josh. She tries to alert the police, but the phone connection goes out. Therefore, she sneaks into the warehouse and turns on the large fans, which blow around all of the new money. In the ensuing chaos, Drake and Josh untie themselves with the blade from a pair of scissors and a large fight begins. Subsequently, the police come and arrest the crooks for counterfeiting money. Megan uses some of the money she acquires from the warehouse to help her get to Denver, giving a portion as a tip to the limo driver. Josh remembers that he was able to book Drake to play on TRL after meeting an angry manager in the men's room the day before but will most likely be late. As a reward for capturing the crooks, the police offers to give Drake an escort to Sunset Studios. They drive to TRL using Tony Hawk's Viper, which Tony's manager gives them permission to use. Drake and Josh arrive to TRL in time, where Drake performs his new song, "Hollywood Girl". After the performance, the man Josh had met in the bathroom at the hotel plans for Drake to meet with Alan Krim from Spin City Records to arrange Drake a record deal (Drake would later meet Krim in Really Big Shrimp). Drake reminds Josh about his creative writing class's assignment as Josh now has an unforgettable adventure to write about. The movie ends as Drake and Josh cruise around in the Viper to enjoy L.A. with their dates.
- Drake Bell as Drake Parker
- Josh Peck as Josh Nichols
- Miranda Cosgrove as Megan Parker
- Nancy Sullivan as Audrey Parker Nichols
- Jonathan Goldstein as Walter Nichols
- Victoria Ruffo as Victoria
- Cesar Evora as Richard
- Francisco Gattorno as Francisco
- Michelle Vieth as Daniela
- Fernando Colunga as Carlos
- Will Smith as Will
- John J. York as Milo McCrary
- Matt Newton as Deegan
- Nick von Esmarch as Brice Granger
- Jorge Luis Abreu as Ah'Lee
- Jordan Belfi as Mitch Gordon
- Colleen Kirley as MTV Secretary
- Dylan MacKenzie as Security Guard
- Michael Ralph as the police chief
- Tony Hawk as himself
- Manuel Ojeda as Ricardo
Along with the music composed for the film by Michael Corcoran, there were several songs featured in the film.
- "Steppin' Out" – Safety Orange
- "To Save a Man" – Safety Orange
- "Boyz" – Saucy Monky
- "Find Your Own" – A Million Seeds
- "A Little Bit Lonely" – Julie Gribble
- "It's True" – Odds Against Tomorrow
- "Hollywood Girl" – Drake Bell
- "Don't Preach" – Drake Bell
- "Get It Right" – Backhouse Mike
- "Highway to Nowhere" – Drake Bell
- "Summer Sun" – Safety Orange
- "Get It Right" – Backhouse Mike (uncredited)
Reviews for the film have been positive. It is regarded as one of Nickelodeon's all time greatest movies. It remains to be one of the highest viewed Nickelodeon movies during its premiere. The movie has no critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, but it contains a 78% score from the audience. On IMDb, it has a 6.9/10.
- The clip of Drake's performance that Josh plays on his laptop for Mitch is from Drake Bell's guest appearance on Zoey 101 in the episode "Spring Fling".
- Scott Collins (2006-01-11). "ABC takes football and runs with it". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
On basic cable, the most-watched program was Nickelodeon's movie "Drake & Josh Go Hollywood" on Friday (5.4 million viewers).
- "Nickelodeon TV Movie Event 'Drake & Josh Go Hollywood' Kicks Off the New Year with Huge Ratings, Premiering to 5.4 Million Total Viewers" (Press release). Nickelodeon. 2006-01-10. Retrieved 2016-03-11 – via PR Newswire.
- "Drake & Josh Go Hollywood". Rotten Tomatoes. 2006-01-06. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
- Drake and Josh Go Hollywood, IMDb, 2006-01-06, retrieved 2015-03-31