Dog’s Movie House: “Joyride” A Riotus, Raunchy Comedy With Heart!
Let me tell you, “Joyride” is the raunchiest film I’ve seen in a long time and that’s a compliment. The language alone would be enough to make Andrew Dice Clay blush on his best day and the frank talk about all things sex (specifically from the feminine side of that particular coin) is bound to startle a few moviegoers who aren’t ready for the experience. For those of you who don’t mind such excesses, “Joyride” provides some big laughs and a few scenes that are destined to become iconic. Director Adele Lim steers the movie’s varied setpieces with gusto and energy and the laughter is infectious. The script (by Family Guy’s Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao) provides more than a measure of human compassion mixed in with the laughs and that keeps the inevitable ending from being anything less than completely earned.
The four leads are fantastic in this film, going for the jugular with ribald dialogue and some hilarious slapstick. Park is a great anchor as Audrey, while Cola is just fantastic as Lolo, the loyal spitfire who is confronting her own issues. Hsu is a real scene-stealer as Kay, a upright television star who’s harboring a hilarious secret and Wu is just a hoot as the unfiltered Deadeye. Together, they are a formidable team of sometimes bickering friends who go through some truly wild situations together in pursuit of a greater goal.
Overall, “Joyride” has enough humor and heart for two movies and enough originality to set it apart from other comedies of its kind. Again, I can’t overstate this enough: this is an extremely raunchy comedy and if you are easily offended you should look elsewhere for your entertainment. And for the love of God, don’t bring the kiddies unless you want to answer questions for the next, say, one hundred years. 4 1/2 Out Of 5 On Kendog’s Barkometer! So Sayeth The Kendog!