The Trip

(2010)

Genres: Comedy

Review: The Trip

Transcript for Review: The Trip

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Alright, our next movie is "The Trip," it reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing loose -- and very funny -- versions of themselves. Here, they travel the English countryside, visit expensive restaurants and try to one-up each other with their celebrity impressions.

/clip 1 -- Brydon and Coogan doing their Michael Caine impressions. Starts around 1:00, goes to 1:25.
 
The film is largely improvised and it shows -- and I mean that in a good way. Conversations tend to ramble, as they do in real life, but there's a certain thrill in the messiness and unpredictability of it all. Here, Brydon finds an excuse to bust into his imperfect impersonation of Anthony Hopkins.

/clip 2 -- Driving in the car. Brydon is reading, breaks into Anthony Hopkins impression. Starts around :20, goes to :47.

Coogan and Brydon have an obvious affection for each other and a quick, easy chemistry. It might drag here and there and grow a bit repetitive, but I smiled pretty much the whole way through. Thumbs up from me.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
I think that you’re understating when you say that it might drag here and there and become a little bit repetative. I think that in Its best moments this is a pleasant triffle, um, but sometimes it’s just kind of pleasantly boring. There are a lot of good scenes that just don’t fit together into an actual film, now this is edited together from a six episode T.V. show, um, but which is three hours long in its full run, this feels thin for two hours. 

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Now I had fun every place they went, every Inn, all the permutations of who’se going to be in what room, what kind of scallops their going to have and of course It’s not about that stuff, it’s about their bond and the way that they ultimately do reveal themselves when they strip down the facade of who can do the better Sean Connery impression or whatever. There’s more to it that’s a trifle here, it’s about these men and friendship and their honesty towards eachother.

IGNATIY:
I think the one-ups-manship is significantly more interesting than what I think this film tries to do with, with this kind of deeper side of the friendship, I felt all of the episodes, all of the parts with Coogan, you know and his family and his child felt really forced and especially the ending of this film.

CHRISTY:
No, his loneliness is palpable at the end, when he’s out by himself, yes absolutely.

IGNATIY:
Oh, I thought it was just a total put on with the Michael Nimon piano in the background and him sad ly looking out onto London with his Ikea furniture, no it didn’t, didn’t work for me.