Joy Ride

Joy Ride (2001)

3 questions

Question: How exactly did Rusty Nail find Charlotte, or Fuller and Lewis for that matter?

Chosen answer: For Fuller and Lewis, the best assumption is that he never actually left the first motel. He stayed at or near the motel, followed them to the police station, and then continued following them up untill the point where he makes his presence to them known again. Or he also could have just parked his rig somewhere far down the road and waited for their car to pass him, and at which point he would start following them. And for Charlotte, he probably just followed Fuller and Lewis all the way to the college, saw Charlotte, and then kidnapped her while she was leaving.

Question: Could someone please explain the ending of this movie? Am I right when I conclude that Rusty Nail planted the Ice Truck guy's body in the driver's seat and then got away leaving cops to think the Ice Truck guy was the killer? I think I'm missing something here because that ending would be ridiculously unrealistic. Thank you.

Jeanne Perrotta

Chosen answer: That's exactly what happened leaving room for the sequel, if they make one.

T Poston

Question: Why was the name of this movie changed from Joy Ride in the US to Roadkill in Australia and UK? Can't be due to different meanings of "joy riding", as that's the same in the US and UK.

Chosen answer: I'm from Ireland, but I would guess that the name change is due to the changing attitude of people in those countries (and in Ireland too) to the term "joy riding". Whenever it is used in the media here it is generally preceded with the term "so-called" or it it is surrounded by inverted commas to indicate irony. This reflects the increasing disapproval of the term by the public. The term is used reluctantly and only because it is so well established.