By Mike Flaherty
Updated March 12, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
Joy Ride: Merie W. Wallace

Joy Ride‘s all very funny until someone gets hurt. So might Mommy have said to brothers Lewis and Fuller Thomas (Walker and Zahn), who engage in some crank-yanking CB chatter during a cross-country drive and wind up stalked by a psychotic trucker. Cowritten by J.J. Abrams (”Alias”) and directed by the deft John Dahl (”The Last Seduction”), ”Ride” pays inventive tribute to white-line suspensers like ”Duel” and ”The Hitcher.” Then costar Leelee Sobieski shows up and manages to be outacted by Walker, Zahn, and their car.