National Lampoon's Senior Trip

"Senior Trip" redirects here. For the 1980 TV film, see Senior Trip (TV film).
National Lampoon's Senior Trip
Directed by Kelly Makin
Produced by
  • Wendy Grean
  • Peter Morgan
Written by
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • September 8, 1995 (1995-09-08)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4,686,937 (Worldwide)

National Lampoon's Senior Trip is a 1995 American teen comedy film directed by Kelly Makin and is also Jeremy Renner's debut role. It is part of the National Lampoon series.


At Fairmount High School, Ohio, a group of rude and obnoxious seniors begins their school with an assembly featuring a band called "High on Life" though the student body shows lack of response due to the choice of music playing in front of them. As the band continues to play onstage, Mark "Dags" D'Agastino (Jeremy Renner) and Reggie Barry (Rob Moore) decide to sabotage the assembly by having a track played and exposing the band lip syncing their music as it ends drastically but upbeat. After a typing class, the seniors cut school and throw a party at the home of Principal Moss (Matt Frewer). Moss eventually gets informed about the party from the school body president Steve Nisser (Sergio Di Zio). When he returns home, he gives the group detention, forcing them to write a letter to the President of the United States, explaining what is wrong with the education system.

The next day while arriving at the school, Principal Moss along with the new typing class teacher (Valerie Mahaffey) notices that various newspaper station vans are there assuming that something has gone wrong within the building then finds out from Mrs. Winston that Jason Lerman (Lawrence Dane) in his dismay is inside the building, where after meeting the seniors, he makes the announcement over them being invited by the President of Washington, D.C., who amazingly enjoyed their letter to discuss it. However, it is actually just a plot devised by the corrupt U.S. Senator to humiliate the President. Upon their journey, the class stops in a convenience store where Dags and Reggie lock Principal Moss in a flooded convenience store toilet so they can steal alcohol from the store. They are followed by Travis (Kevin McDonald), a crazed Star Trek fan and crossing guard, who hitches a ride with an Asian family. While on their way, Principal Moss falls into a "coma" after taking pills given to him by Red (Tommy Chong), the bus driver. At this point, the students go on a rampage celebrating over Moss passing out and throw another party, while Carla Morgan (Tara Strong), the school slut, puts makeup on the sleeping Principal Moss.

The next morning, the bus is pursued by both Travis and the police. Red suddenly dies, apparently from a drug overdose, and the bus nearly plows into a lake. Dags manages to stop it in time, but Travis's ride is not so lucky. In the confusion, Travis escapes. Arriving at Washington, the group checks into a hotel and then decides to take a class photo at a cemetery; it goes wrong when Miosky (Eric Edwards) blows out J. Edgar Hoover's flame via fart lighting, catching Travis on fire in the process. That night back at the hotel, the seniors secretly lace a box of chocolates with tequila and give it to Miss Milford, subsequently leaving and going to a party at another hotel while Miss Milford seduces Principal Moss in a drunken stupor. In the process, Lisa Perkins (Fiona Loewi) discovers the plot to use the students to embarrass the President.

The next morning, Senator Lerman unexpectedly wakes up Principal Moss and Miss Milford, who— much to their shock over both of them in the same room—to prepare themselves and the seniors for their meeting with the President. However, when they open the room, they do not find them there but only a tied-up Steve Nisser. Moss and Milford find the missing students the next morning as they are informed of Lerman's plot as Lerman baffles to the discovery. The senator subsequently kidnaps Miosky and takes him to the White House with the others in hot pursuit. When they arrive at the White House, the senator insults the seniors, but Principal Moss unexpectedly stands up for them. The senator's plot is ultimately exposed, and the seniors go home. The film ends with a montage of the characters and where they ended up after its events.



Box office

The film opened to $2,184,901 from 1,397 theaters with the average to 1,563 per site. The United States had $3,686,337; it was 78% of the total gross of the film. The overseas gross was $1,000,600 and it brought the film to $4,686,937.

Critical response

The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews, earning a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes website, but it currently holds a B grade at Yahoo! Movies.[1]


  1. "National Lampoons Senior Trip". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
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