Greg Mottola has been a name I’ve known for a long time because of Superbad and Adventureland. I felt it was right to go back and watch his directorial debut, The Daytrippers. It’s a precise piece of filmmaking that I fell in love with after ten minutes. Motolla’s career is really interesting but there is some great work there and it all started with The Daytrippers.
The film starts off with a great pace and doesn’t let up after the main character, Eliza discovers a note that her husband wrote to someone else. She recruits her family to help follow and confront him. Eliza, her parents, her sister, and her sister's boyfriend cram into a station wagon and drive from Long Island to New York City to ask the husband what’s going on.
The Daytrippers is an absolutely hilarious and authentic film that I really want to own now that I’ve seen it. The characters are all great, but Liev Schreiber as the sister’s boyfriend is a fantastic performance. The crammed setting and simplistic plot go hand in hand with The Daytrippers. You can’t escape feeling like you're actually in the car with all of them. Mottola really made a gem a whole eleven years before Superbad and you should check it out.