Joy Ride

2001

Joy Ride

Critics Consensus

A well-constructed B-movie thriller, Joy Ride keeps up the necessary level of tension and chills. Critics also liked Zahn's performance as the goofball older brother.

74%

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Total Count: 114

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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

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Cast

Steve Zahn
as Fuller
Jessica Bowman
as Charlotte
Brian Leckner
as Off. Keeney
Kenneth White
as Ronald Ellinghouse
Jim Beaver
as Sheriff Ritter
Ted Levine
as Rusty Nail
Stuart Stone
as Danny, Lewis's Roommate
Basil Wallace
as Car Salesman
Mary Wickliffe
as Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
McKenzie Satterthwaite
as Asst. Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
Dell Yount
as Gas Station Mechanic
Jose Luis Cortes
as Night Manager
Michael McCleery
as Officer Akins
Rachel Singer
as Gas Station Manager
Satch Huizenga
as Ice Truck Man
Terry Leonard
as Bartender
James McDonald
as Local in Nebraska Bar
Gwenda Deacon
as Truck Stop Waitress
Robert Winley
as Truck Stop Manager
Ali Gage
as Waitress
Jack Moore
as Hotwire Consultant
Hugh Dane
as Man at Door
Lee Stepp
as Traveling Salesman
Huey Redwine
as Policeman No. 1
John Maynard
as Policeman No. 2
Peter Weireter
as Policeman No. 3
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