Carlos Azucena, Wayne Winterstein
Carlos Azucena, Wayne Winterstein, Gary Chan
"The Last Trip" starts as a typically joyous road trip movie. Three guys and a girl (the sister of one of the guys) head out for one last summer camping trip. They live in the Los Angeles area and are heading to camp in Big Sur. At first, the film almost feels like a "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" styled film - they get beer and more beer, and of course, they get some weed! We, the viewers, are treated to some charming oceanfront scenery. I have been to California a couple of times but have never been to Big Sur - So, I'm totally jealous at this point! There is also a very excellent ska soundtrack playing in the background, which makes everything just so sunny California - nothing wrong with that at all.
They soon arrive at the state park and are joined by two more female friends. It doesn't take long before the beer is depleted, and the group splits up for a beer run ... at night, out in Big Sur state park. I know that I have never gone "back into town" in the dead of night while camping, but to each their own, I suppose. We learn the next day that there is some romantic history between these teens. Of course, a giant crush as well. Jealousy. A late period! Something happens! I could tell you, but then why would you watch the movie? Right? Teen drama and teen angst quickly become the emotions of the trip bringing this potential feel good road movie to a confusing conclusion, unfortunately.
On the technical front, "The Last Trip" is shot really well, and everything seems to look and feel right and proper. Actually, the scenery is pretty spectacular and captured excellently. However, the script is a little silly for my taste. I suppose it's possible that generational mileage will vary. Of course, I can't help but picture my 19 year old daughter out on this trip, which irks me a little.
With all that written, I should also add that the acting is pretty good - sometimes a little corny but overall, pretty on point. At the end of the day, do I think "The Last Trip" is entirely out of the realm of possibility? Probably not. However, it's clear that this is definitely a movie for teenagers. I give this film two and a half stars. A teenage audience may rate this title slightly more.