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About the Movie
Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman's vocal register, the artistic merits of "Jagged Little Pill," and, of course, the virtue of sequels. Winterbottom trains his camera to capture the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed while keeping the film centered on the crackling chemistry between the two leads. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 120
- Fresh: 103
- Rotten: 17
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: You come for the conversation, and in that, "The Trip to Italy" rarely disappoints.
Fresh: I'd follow these guys "'round the horn" in a second. Maybe that's where they'll head next time.
Fresh: This hedonistic japery is shot through with middle-aged melancholy and the fear of death.
Fresh: If Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon were even 7 percent less amusing, "The Trip to Italy" would have no reason to exist, even with its casually gorgeous scenery and shattering close-ups of seafood pasta fresh out of the kitchen.
An Entertaining, Poignant Comedy
I’m aware that the good majority of you reading this haven’t heard of “The Trip” or its sequel “The Trip to Italy”, but don’t worry, that’s okay. The original film was a small British comedy that came out in 2010 to a very limited release and really didn’t catch on for American audiences until it showed up on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, you should give it a watch immediately. It’s the kind of enjoyable flick you’ll be recommending to every one of your friends.
It’s got a simple plot that’s easy to latch on to: two buddies take a trip through the British countryside on a tour of the finest restaurants money can buy. But luckily, they aren’t the ones writing the check. Steve Coogan (who you probably know from last year’s “Philomena”), our main character, is being paid by The Observer magazine to write food reviews and just so happens to bring along his friend Rob for the ride.
And the sequel is pretty much the same idea, but instead of making the journey through their home country, they’re off to Italy. It’s full of them making fun of each other, doing hilarious impressions, and eating some of the most delicious foods you can think of (most of which will make you hungry on the spot).
And though it is such a light and entertaining film, it isn’t without its more poignant moments. They reflect on their success, friendship, and families, making their characters all the more real.
All I can stress is, watch the first movie before seeing this. Though you’ll still most likely enjoy it
without doing so, it will make the experience much sweeter.
This movie made me laugh a lot, and the last 20 minutes of the movie are very well executed. Glad I saw this
Just So So.
The location and scenery is wonderful and reminds me of my trips to Italy. But, the banter between these two actors is annoying and totally disinteresting. I don’t like either one of them. The final analysis is that this movie is not worth the price of admission. If you have nothing else to do and you’ve had a couple of glasses of wine then maybe this movie is worth a watch.