Rated NR · 109 minutes · 2011

Converted from a six-episode BBC series, The Trip reunites comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon with director Michael Winterbottom, the trio also responsible for the truly bizarre Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story. The mostly improvised dialog is wrapped around two very different lives in the spotlight. Coogan, the better-known of the stars in the U.S., embraces the public notion that he’s kind of an ass. Brydon, conversely, is fairly famous in the U.K., and is presented here as a family man with his head on straight. During their road trip—a writing assignment Coogan has taken for a culinary magazine—the actors duel their estimable celebrity impressions. Some are expected (Sean Connery), others not (Stephen Hawking, Liam Neeson). Funny but definitely an acquired taste, The Trip doesn’t accomplish much, but how many road trips actually do?
Official Site: www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-trip
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Producer: Andrew Eaton, Melissa Parmeter, Henry Normal and Simon Lupton
Cast: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon


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Boise Weekly The Projector When man-imals go bad, a friendship that lasts, hilarious Michael Caine impressions and a 21st century Freaky Friday plus see Chronicles of Narnia, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Singin' in the Rain outdoors. It's all at the movies. 08/05/2011
The Coast Halifax The Trip worth taking Michael Winterbottom directs Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in rambling comedy by Carsten Knox 09/08/2011
Portland Mercury Made-for-TV Movie Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's BBC series is cobbled into a film for US audiences. by Ned Lannamann 06/16/2011
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Indy Week Coogan and Brydon take their shtick on the road in The Trip The reliably adventurous Michael Winterbottom has latched onto a pretty foolproof low-budget gambit with this amiable, often riotous road film. by David Fellerath 06/22/2011

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