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Dreamworks Pictures' "Eurotrip" made a successful jaunt to the top five during its debut weekend at the box office.

With the theaters dealing with a subpar weekend, the teen comedy opened with $6.6 million, despite mixed reviews.

After his cheating girlfriend Fiona (Kristin Kreuk) dumps him following high school graduation, Scott Thomas (Scott Mechlowicz) revels further in humiliation at a post-graduation party. His plight is immortalized in a song, "Scotty Doesn't Know," sung to partygoers by Fiona's new rock-star boyfriend (Matt Damon in a cameo appearance).

Picking up the pieces of his friend is Cooper Harris (Jacob Pitts), who proves to be the best comic foil so far this year. After Scott sends another e-mail to his German pen pal, Cooper suggests to Scott that "Mieke" could be an older sexual stalker looking for a young boyfriend. However, Scott inadvertently finds out that "Mieke" is a stunning blonde fraulein (Jessica Bohrs).

Looking to put Fiona behind him, Scott embarks on a trip to Berlin to meet up with his beautiful pen pal. Of course, Cooper comes along for the trip, while conning his summer internship boss into thinking he's still in America. The duo meet up with high school friends Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Jamie (Travis Wester), who are fraternal twins traveling abroad.

The wackiness ensues for the foursome as they try to visit some sights, at Jamie's urging, while trying to make every train, bus and pick-up truck from London to Paris to Berlin. Granted, for the limited funds the foursome has, they still manage to coexist nicely during their excursion.

Laugh out loud scenes include Scott getting into a "robot" battle with a French street mime; Jamie gets uncomfortably cozy with an Italian train traveler; a visit to a nudist beach gone completely wrong; and Cooper on the prowl for "crazy European sex," unsuccessfully and painfully, I might add.

Shy of big stars and known names, this film still shines while avoiding the obligatory flatulence and fluid jokes normally found in this genre. However, stealing every scene he's in is Cooper, whose quick wit and unabashed impulsiveness keeps "Eurotrip" on its course. Whether he's in a hot tub deceiving an oblivious blonde, or aiming for a free Tß-shirt at "Vandersexx," Cooper makes this film enjoyable and manages to get himself a girl in the end.

Basically, "Eurotrip" wears its badge of debauchery with pride, and there is nothing wrong with that. The jokes are fast-paced and gathers the laughs continuously throughout the film. Following the movie, you'll still have the infectious "Scotty Doesn't Know" song still in your noggin.

You won't find a better journey in over 90 minutes, as "Eurotrip" is a destination worth traveling at three and a half out of four stars. Definitely one film that's funnier than the trailer that was shown, which probably hampered its earnings.

"Eurotrip" is rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and drug/alcohol content. Running time is 1 hour, 32 minutes.

Last week's No. 1 film, "50 First Dates" wasn't forgotten by moviegoers. The Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romance comedy brought in $20.4 million - the only film to earn over $10 million this weekend. Its two-week total is up to $71.7 million.

Walt Disney's "Miracle" dropped a slot from No. 2 to No. 3 with $7.8 million - $50.3 million in three weeks.

Ashton Kutcher's "The Butterfly Effect" is losing its effectiveness, withering from No. 5 to No. 9 with $2.9 million - a five-week accumulation of $53.2 million.

Finally, in the ten spot lies "The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King." After falling from No. 8, the blockbuster film has added $2.8 million to its overwhelming sum of $361.1 million.

For more information and show times, contact Regal Cinemas Marketplace 24, 180 Mill Road, Oaks, at (610) 666-6697.

Dennis J. Wright can be reached at dwright@phoenixvillenews.com.

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