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The Trip

  Unrated

Michael Winterbottom

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Plot Summary

THE TRIP is an improvised tour of the North of England reuniting comedy favorites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. In the style of Curb your Enthusiasm, the story is fictional but based around their real personas. When Steve is commissioned by the food supplement of a Sunday newspaper to review half a dozen restaurants, he decides to mix work with pleasure and plans a trip around the North of England with his food loving American girlfriend. But when his girlfriend decides to leave him and return to the States, Steve is faced with a week of meals for one, not quite the trip he had in mind. Reluctantly, he calls Rob, the only person he can think of who will be available. Rob, never one to turn down a free lunch (let alone six) agrees, and together they set off for a culinary adventure.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

89%
  • Reviews Counted: 95
  • Fresh: 85
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The joy of this small, unimportant contest is weirdly addictive; you come out of the film as if from a concert, playing the music of false voices in your head. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Jun 27, 2011

Fresh: It's two guys traveling, eating and talking. Doesn't sound like much. But it's terrific. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 16, 2011

Fresh: Have you ever been trapped in the back seat of a car while the old married couple up front bickers and banters for hours? It's either sheer torture or, if the couple happens to be Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, wildly entertaining. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 17, 2011

Fresh: It's rife with observations about men of a certain age, actors of a certain career -- and for a bonus, restaurants of a certain moment. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jun 17, 2011

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Customer Reviews

WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE THIS?

This was one of the most boring movies I have ever seen; I literally couldn't bear to finish it--AND KEEP IN MIND, TO FINISH IT, ALL I HAD TO DO WAS SIT THERE. The comedic impressions are high-caliber, and thus the comedians are talented without question, but an incessant string of impersonations doesn't constitute a movie in any reality where standards exist higher than those of a kindergarten teacher: It doesn't even constitute a decent stand-up set. I was disappointed by the complete lack of story and texture and any hint at depth. Steve Coogan is one of the most frustrating actors ever, if not the most frustrating; he has so much talent, easily in the top 1% of comedic performers, and yet all his movies just fall flat. It's as if the pallor of his face is not genetically designated by his Britishness, but rather a psychosomatic anemia that is so paradoxically potent that it invariably emanates and permeates to the point where the celluloid is begging on the street for b-vitamins. Long story short: You have to be an incredibly uncreative, boring person (LIKE A PROFESSIONAL MOVIE CRITIC) to find anything rewarding about this "trip." There is nothing subtle nor nuanced about the complete lack of story here. I'm happy with movies and even novels that have literally no plot, but this movie has no dimension--it is a one-note, flat dynamic that will only entertain the simplest of minds.

P.S. Dear Steve Coogan,
Try an iron supplement.

A very near perfect film

This is an incredibly touching film that happens to have a lot of comedy in it.

The comedy is fresh and innovative, because it was mostly improvised, and you can see that in the way the actors respond to each other. The characters could not have been better defined - partly because they are so close to Coogans and Brydon's own. The plot trajectory winds its way to a beautifully sweet/sad conclusion. DIrection is pensive and thoughtful.

It's Withnail and I, meets 9 1/2, with good measure of Spinal Tap thrown in.

I'd say the best British film in years. Honestly.

Pleasant

Hmmm... a pleasant way to spend a couple hours. Definitely not for the American audience wherein a crux, climax, and resolution are required but more for those who enjoy a subtle, nuanced journey. Very much along the lines of the movie "Sideways" insomuch as they are touring gourmet dining establishments along the way (rather than wine). As a fan of British humor, I had hoped it would be funnier.

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