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Joyride (1997)

The teenage son of a motel owner steals a black convertible to impress a mysterious beauty he has a crush on.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobey Maguire ... J.T.
Amy Hathaway ... Tanya
Wilson Cruz ... James
Christina Zilber Christina Zilber ... Smith (as Christina Naify)
James Karen ... The Client
Adam West ... Harold
Benicio Del Toro ... Detective Lopez
Steven Gilborn ... Arthur
J.P. Bumstead J.P. Bumstead ... Dr. Brewer
Kenn Norman Kenn Norman ... Sheriff Cork
Judson Mills ... Redneck Joey
Susan Romick Susan Romick ... Redneck Joey's Girlfriend
Marc Robinson Marc Robinson ... Bobby
Julie Rowen Julie Rowen ... Lisa (as Julie Donatt)
Leslie Bartlett Leslie Bartlett ... Martina Hirsch


To a dumpy motel in an out-of-the-way little town, a mysterious woman, calling herself only Ms. Smith, comes to stay. Not only is she stunningly lovely, but her big black convertible is a beaut. J.T., the just-out-of-high-school son of the motel's owner, is taken by the car, and in an attempt to liven up his dull life, and possibly to impress Tanya, a hotel guest who flirts with him and wants to be a model, he steals the car. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Fahrt ins Nirgendwo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Trillion Entertainment See more »
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There are no palm trees or mountains in Coleman, Texas. See more »


References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »


Game of Broken Hearts
Written by Paula Frazer
Published by Tarnation Music Publishing
Performed by Tarnation
Courtesy of 4AD
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Decent Movie, Great Cast
3 January 2003 | by BareNakedJimmySee all my reviews

I rented this movie knowing nothing about it except what I read on the box. Believe it or not, I didn't even know who Tobey McGuire was, altho I just saw Spiderman last month (and damn, he's cute!) So, needless to say, I didn't expect much.

I was pleasantly surprised and amused by its portrayal of a boring, redneck small Texas town (like where I presently live) and its hick residents, and the typical bored teenage boys and the trouble they get into, just like I used to (well, not QUITE like I used to!)

Like many other reviewers, I'm very surprised that Christina Naify hasn't appeared in many other films, because I felt that she was the best player in the cast. I also loved Wilson Cruz, as a scared, whiney, (and cute!) Gay boy, and really got off seeing him kick the crap out of a redneck from school. The concept of Adam West playing the part of a pimp was quite entertaining too.

The plot was a bit twisted, with several unexpected turns that kept me guessing what would happen next. Unlike some other reviewers, I'm not bothered by slight inconsistencies and/or loose ends, I mean, come on, I paid a buck (for all three of us to watch it), and we got an hour and a half of decent entertainment!

All-in-all, I give it 2.5 stars on the Leonard Maltin scale. And I'd watch it again if I can catch it on late-night TV.

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