Five great travel movies
Summer is on the horizon and that means people are getting ready to hit the road, skies and water in pursuit of recreation. But things don't always go as planned and, sometimes, you get more out of the experience than you expected in ways that are both good and bad. There are hundreds of movies with travel themes. Some, like Vacation and Planes, Trains and Automobiles are obvious choices. Here are a few more less obvious films that highlight the plight of the traveler.
The Four Seasons (1981) Alan Alda and Carol Burnett get together with their best couples friends four times a year to vacation. At first things go great. Then, as one couple gets divorced, and everyone gradually gets sick of each other, their trips go from fun to grating. Filming locations: New York City, Vermont, The Virgin Islands and California.
Lost in Translation (2003) Bill Murray plays washed up actor Bob Harris who is in Tokyo to shoot a whiskey commercial. He meets Scarlett Johansson who is staying in the same hotel with her spaced out photographer boyfriend. Together they explore Japan's largest city including its ubiquitous karaoke bars. Filming locations: Various sites in Japan including Tokyo, Rainbow Bridge and Kyoto.
Eurotrip (2004) It's hard to believe it's been 12 years since these crazy kids embarked on a post high school graduation jaunt through Europe, with mixed results. This movie should be terrible, but it's not. It's worth watching for Matt Damon's "Scotty Doesn't Know" cameo. Filming locations: Czech Republic, Vatican City, London and Germany.
The Out of Towners (1970) Jack Lemon is an executive from Ohio interviewing for a job in New York. Things go fine until they arrive in the skies over New York and proceed to circle for hours because their plane can't land. Their dinner reservations at the Four Seasons are wrecked, and to make matters worse they must negotiate a transit strike, olive pits and con artists along the way. Filming locations: New York City.
Sideways (2004) Paul Giamati and Thomas Haden Church hit the road headed for California wine country prior to Church's wedding. What follows is often funny, as these longtime friends find out they want different things in life, and on the trip. Filming locations: All in California. Buellton, Solvang, Lompoc, San Diego, Montebello and Santa Maria.