Joyride features Tobey McGuire in one of his earliest roles. J.T. (Tobey McGuire) is newly graduated from high school and already bored with his life in a small town. One day, a mysterious woman in a black convertible pulls up to the seedy motel that J.T.'s father owns and registers under the name of Ms. Smith (Christina Naify). Hoping to impress Tanya (Amy Hathaway), a motel guest, and put some excitement in his life, J.T. steals the black convertible and takes off with Tanya and his friend James (Wilson Cruz). While they are on the road, they receive an unwelcome surprise when they open the car's trunk. Being drunk at the time, the three joyriders do not make the best decision about how to handle their discovery. Meanwhile, Ms. Smith discovers that her car has been stolen and chases after the threesome, determined to recover the car and the contents of the trunk.