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Highway to Havasu

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Highway to Havasu
Directed byJeff Janke
Produced by
  • Jeff Janke
  • Amber Goetz
  • Jesse Jane
  • Johnny 3 Tears
Written by
  • Jeff Janke
  • Caleb Thomas
  • Andrew Fromer
  • Ben Edlin
  • Johnny 3 Tears
  • Saif Xnaydra
  • Jesse Jane
  • Kaylani Lei
  • Kayden Kross
  • Lily Berlina
  • Kayla Compton
Music byChristopher Carlone
CinematographyLars Lindstrom
Edited by
  • Drew Kilcoin
Release date
  • February 18, 2016 (2016-02-18) (Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Highway to Havasu is a 2017 US comedy film directed and written by Jeff Janke and starring Caleb Thomas, Andrew Fromer and Ben Edlin. During spring break, two friends kidnap their broken-hearted friend and embark on a road trip to Lake Havasu City.


Three high school seniors from Bend, Oregon are best friends: Billy (Andrew Fromer), a nerdy, awkward and naïve character who's been in love with Amber Andrews (Lily Berlina) his entire life but afraid to express it; Dylan (Ben Edlin), the geeky loveaholic who's obsessed with his girlfriend Katy; and Maxi (Caleb Thomas), the virgin who has always been emasculated by his father. Dylan is devastated after his girlfriend tells him she's been cheating on him and wants to break up. In an attempt to help their best friend recover from the heart-break, Billy and Maxi devise a plan to kidnap him in a stolen RV and head to the epic Spring Break destination of Lake Havasu City. As they proceed with the plan the trip takes on many wrong turns putting the boys in various awkward situations; along the way, Billy finally gets an opportunity at his dream of dating Amber Andrews as he confess his long withheld love for her, Dylan finally gets an opportunity to recover from his heart-break as he meets Havasu local, Sarah (Kayla Compton) who shows him the true meaning of being in a relationship and Maxi finally gets an opportunity to lose his virginity.[1][2]


  • Caleb Thomas as Max
  • Andrew Fromer as Billy
  • Ben Edlin as Dylan
  • Johnny 3 Tears as Ronathan / Jonathan
  • Saif Xnaydra as Freind
  • Jesse Jane as Jesse
  • Kaylani Lei as Mrs. Peterson
  • Kayden Kross as Kayden
  • Lily Berlina as Katy / Amber Andrews
  • Kayla Compton as Sarah
  • Maddison Bullock as Michelle
  • Amber Goetz as Ms. Tlif
  • Drue Schaefer Crookston as Dons
  • Julia Austin as Mindy


Writer and director Jeff Janke mentioned that the idea behind the story came to him one night as he was struggling to fall asleep, he started typing down the premise of the story on his iPhone. The next day he begin writing the script and within three days he wrote the first draft for the film consisting of 90 pages. The plot line came from real life experiences Janke went through growing up in Lake Havasu City which motivated him to write the story. Janke also mentioned that the characters in the film where depictions of real people he had encountered in his life. After receiving positive feedback regarding the draft, Janke and his wife Amber Goetz teamed up with various film producers including producer Johnny 3 Tears from Hollywood Undead and actress Jesse Jane embarking on the production process.[3][4] On November 11, 2014 Local Newspaper Havasu News published an article praising the production of the movie and expressing gratitude towards the film makers for producing a film that is taking place in Lake Havasu City.[5] The article proved to be very beneficial for the film as it raised the funding interests of various local businesses which resulted in a positive budget support. The film was shot in various locations including Lake Havasu City, San Diego, Huntington Beach, Escondido and Bend.[6]


"Highway to Havasu" received mixed to negative reviews from credits. Anne Campbell of Film Gate Reviews praised the unrealistic nature of the film and said "There’s a surreal-like atmosphere presented at the very beginning" then went on to say "the interesting surreal-like, off-kilter atmosphere at the beginning was by accident".[7] The film currently holds an average rating score of 3.1 of 5 on Rotten Tomatoes[8]


"Highway to Havasu" premiered at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival on February 18, 2016[9]and was an official selection at the festival winning for both Best Comedy and People's Choice Award which was voted by the fans. In an effort to promote the film, the cast and crew embarked on road-trip style tour visiting 45 cities around the United States where the movie would premier.[10] Freestyle Digital Media released the film on DVD and video on demand on March 7, 2017.[11]


  1. ASHLEY, PAM (13 June 2016). "'Highway to Havasu'" (2237). 'Havasu News'. QUINN PUBLICATIONS.
  2. MESSICK, BRANDON. "Red carpet treatment for 'Highway to Havasu'" (2229). Havasu News. QUINN PUBLICATIONS. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  3. MESSICK, BRANDON (11 November 2014). "'Highway' brings Hollywood to Lake Havasu Cit" (1988). Havasu News. Quinn Publications. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. KING, HEATHEN. "Johnny 3 Tears Stars in a Spring Break Movie Called 'Highway to Havasu"". KFMX. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  5. MESSICK, BRANDON (26 February 2015). "Town becomes movie set as 'Highway to Havasu' filmed" (2178). Havasu News. QUINN PUBLICATIONS. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  6. LEWIS, MEGAN (30 April 2016). "'Highway to Havasu' premieres at Movies Havasu Friday night" (2577). Havasu News. QUINN PUBLICATIONS. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  7. Campbell, Anne. "Highway to Havasu: Movie Review". Film Gate Reviews. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  8. Levitt, Adam. "Highway to Havasu on Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Toematoes. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  9. Levitt, Adam. "Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Highway to Havasu Premire". Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  10. Burgess, Kim. "'Highway To Havasu' Premier Brings Hollywood To City'". RiverScene Magazine. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  11. Levitt, Adam. "'Highway to Havasu' Distributed through Freestyle Digital Media". Freestyle Digital Media. Retrieved 1 December 2017.

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Category:American films Category:American comedy films Category:American independent films Category:English-language films Category:American buddy films Category:American sex comedy films Category:American teen comedy films Category:Buddy comedy films Category:Coming-of-age comedy films Category:Directorial debut films Category:Films about virginity

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