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Joyride (1996)

Tobey Maguire , Amy Hathaway , Quinton Peeples  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tobey Maguire, Amy Hathaway, Wilson Cruz, Christina Zilber, James Karen
  • Directors: Quinton Peeples
  • Writers: Quinton Peeples
  • Producers: Fred Cobar, Jon Juhlin, Laurent Zilber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8FF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Joyride" on IMDb

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Adam West, Amy Hathaway, Benicio Del Toro, Christina Naify, Tobey Maguire, Wilson Cruz - Director: Quinton Peeples To impress a girl, J.T. steals a car from a mysterious woman renting a room at his father's motel. He soon learns that he just stole the c

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Joyride Review May 28, 2003
By C. Mak
For anyone teaching a course to young actors, screenwriters, or directors, this pic is an excellent tool. The problems inherent in the pic are just as instructive as its shining moments leaving a great deal of room to pick apart camera techinques, how the use of a musical score can detract from or add to a scene, and especially internalization of motive leading to choices an actor must make to infuse life into what otherwise could end up being a stereotypical, two-dimensional character.
Tobey Maguire has built a very respectable career on his sensitive, understated performances, yet the raw J.T. offers insight into Maguire's ability to branch out into personalities that are not always the "hero." Though his relative inexperience does show through in places, the strong believability of his interpretation of J.T. clearly shows the raw talent evident in even his early work.
By far the most provoking performance in the pic is the underrated Amy Hathaway as the internally tortured and physically exploited Tanya. A solid character interpretation from start to finish, Hathaway only stumbles when the script asks her for unnecessarily gratuitous lust, specifically the silly romp-in-the-car scene with Maguire. On a contrasting note, during the powerful bedroom scene with the Mayor, Hathaway shines by deftly conveying a deep-seated anguish for Tanya's unfortunate situation that is craftily hidden during the remainder of her performance.
Also highly noteworthy is Benecio Del Toro. It is common knowledge that small-budget productions can offer a wider scope of interpretation for an actor, and Del Toro demonstrates this to the fullest extent. A master of subtle physical acting, this early role showcases the talent that blossomed in later years. Along the same lines, Christina Naify as Ms.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, yet cliched, thriller March 27, 1999
By A Customer
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When I read Entertainment Weekly's review for JOYRIDE, I expected nothing, I mean they gave it an "F". When I rented it, I was pleasantly surprised. It really is a stylish, entertaining, yet unoriginal teen thriller. Tobey Maguire is excellent as the lead.
After this, and the fact that EW also gave "Varsity Blues" a "B"!! What was that. That was one of the worst movies ever made, I have quit going by what they say
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat, Entertaining, full of twists. Enjoy. August 13, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Produced in 1996, this film is enjoyable on many levels. Drama, comedy, thriller...
Tobey Maguire shows his star power. He seems to be having fun with the role of J.T. Likewise his co-stars Wilson Cruz and Amy Hathaway work well together as three friends trying to escape their various situations in life. Adam West and Steven Gilborn are cast against type to advantage and a nice cameo from James Karen also add to the enjoyment. Benicio Del Toro is hilarious as the deadly serious Detective Lopez and Kenn Norman is believable as the sheriff. Also noteworthy is Judson Mills as Redneck Joey. Lastly I have to say Christina Naify is a standout as 'Smith'. At once sexy and deadly, she plays her part exceptionally well. Thoroughly recommended. The DVD has no special features of note, with the exception of a filmography and biography of Tobey Maguire. The print is excellent and the sound crisp. Buy It!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL find!! October 13, 2012
By Gary
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At first Joyride looked to be a small budget version of Natural Born Killers. Then Badlands, maybe. In the end, this movie made its own niche.

The entire cast was talented and delivered powerful performances. Even minor characters were 3-dimensional and then some (my favorite among these being the uniformed cop). In those instances where little action accompanied dialogue, the actors still made things interesting with comments, expressions, voice tones, etc.,. The screenwriter - Quinton Peeples - has both a sense of drama and humor.

Joyride managed to entertain with no help from exotic locales. Most scenes took place in relatively dreary settings like a run down motel parking lot, thus always needing something other than majestic mountains or 5-star restaurants to hold viewers' interest. Peeples as Director accomplished this in several ways, including giving several supporting characters enough face time to flesh out their roles and thereby add variety to his cinematic offering. What impressed me most, however, were the story's twists. I lost track of its surprising turns, often dramatic (and a couple stretching credulity, to be frank). Another technique was mystery: What exactly was happening in Tanya's room? Anticipation? You bet. Whenever Smith was in a scene... Let's just say she's a woman you do not want to upset. Ever.

Kudos to everyone involved!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Tobey Maguire (THE ICE STORM) stars as JT, a bored, disaffected teen working at a dumpy motel in a small, hick town. JT meets a tenant named Tanya (Amy Hathaway) who happens to be a prostitute, whose dad (Adam West!) is her pimp. Together, along w/ JT's friend, they steal a car and embark on a wild night of violence and mayhem. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the stolen car belongs to a female assassin who happens to be staying at the motel, and that her latest victim is in the trunk! JOYRIDE is an off-center thriller w/ an unusual storyline. I don't believe anything in the entire movie went in the direction I thought it would! I like that in a movie! Watch for Benicio del Toro (SIN CITY) as the investigating detective...
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