College freshman Lewis (Paul Walker) jumps at the chance to pick up his old friend, Venna (Leelee Sobieski), and drive her home, since they come from the same hometown. On his way from California to Colorado to pick her up, Lewis gets word that his older brother, Fuller (Steve Zahn), is jailed in Salt Lake City, Utah and needs to be bailed out. Lewis picks up Fuller, but they soon get into trouble by playing a prank on a lonely trucker over their CB radio. They quickly find out that this trucker isn’t laughing as he begins to tail them on their journey. After adding Venna, things get progressively worse as the trucker continues his roadway harassment.
JOY RIDE provides a few surprises, but more than enough bad dialogue and ridiculous coincidences for any one movie. While it appears that Lewis and Fuller learn their lesson about playing pranks on people, plenty of objectionable content fills the film. Foul language is the chief offender, with frequent obscenities and moderate crudities. Combined with a scene of teenage drinking portrayed in a positive light, the objectionable elements take any pleasure right out of JOY RIDE.