Road movies where an uptight straight man and a manic comic foil get stuck in a car together, initially get on each other’s nerves, but then bond, are nothing new. Actually, they’re one of the stock plots that mainstream comedies seem to go to most often. Scenic Route was written by Kyle Killen, the man who gave us the wonderfully offbeat The Beaver though, so you can probably imagine that it puts a pretty unique spin on the buddy road movie formula.
This one sees Josh Duhamel playing the workaholic professional archetype and Dan Fogler playing the overly needy eccentric archetype, much like you would expect. The twist comes when, instead of getting into wacky hijinx, the duo find themselves in a pretty serious life or death situation. The twists then continue when, instead of teaching each other how to live and love, one of them ends up beating the other to death and burying him in the desert. Pretty big twist, huh? And seeing as the trailer gives away what normally would be the climax of the movie, it makes you wonder what other tricks Scenic Route has up its sleeve. Click through to watch the weirdness.
Back when he saw this movie at SXSW, FSR correspondent Kevin Kelly had quite a few nice things to say about it in his review. It seems like Scenic Route is going to be well worth checking out, which is something we can all do once it gets released to theaters on August 23.