Leonardo DiCaprio absconds to Thailand, eventually finding the elysium of a sparsely inhabited island. He learns that the rest of the world holds much harsher realities than those he’d grown so complacent in as an American.
Fave Quote: “So what else do you need to know? Stuff about my family, or where I’m from? None of that matters. Not once you cross the ocean and cut yourself loose, looking for something more beautiful, something more exciting, and yes, I admit, something more dangerous.”
Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, and Jason Shwartzman drinking cough syrup/figuring out their lives on a spiritual journey through India.
Fave Quote: “Did I raise us, kinda?”
Two travelers randomly meet on a train to Vienna, discussing philosophies of life and romance.
Fave Quote: “If there is any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know it’s almost impossible to succeed, but who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt.”
Hot Tub Time Machine
Best friends reunite the ski resort that shaped their teenage years…aaand their hot tub is a time machine.
Fave Quote: “If that guy doesn’t lose his arm soon, I’m gonna fucking take it from him myself.”
With one’s marriage ending and another’s about to begin, two friends attempt to escape reality, but end up finding a truer sense of self and each other in a hilarious trip to Santa Barbara’s wine country.
Fave Quote: “Try to be your normal, humorous self. The guy you were before the tailspin. Do you remember that guy? People love that guy.”
Jake Gyllenhaal as an assumed schizophrenic is ironically manipulated by the restoration of a dark, time travel-based tangent universe to its normal primary universe with help from Jena Malone and a dude in a bunny costume.
Fave Quote: Donnie: “Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?”
Frank: “Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?”
Up in the Air
Ryan, a proud traveler, often cutting “excess baggage,” quickly realized through weak family connections that being grounded is the greatest gift he’ll ever receive.
Fave Quote: “Anybody who ever built an empire, or changed the world, sat where you are now. And it’s because they sat there that they were able to do it.”
Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together
Two Hong Kong expats traveling and living in Argentina who keep
starting their relationship over in hopes of finding some kind of cure
Fave Quote: (From the Director): “In this film, some audiences will say that the title seems to be very cynical, because it is about two persons living together, and at the end, they are just separate. But to me, happy together can apply to two persons or apply to a person and his past, and I think sometimes when a person is at peace with himself and his past, I think it is the beginning of a relationship which can be happy, and also he can be more open to more possibilities in the future with other people.”
What are your favorite travel movies?