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The Guilt Trip (2012)


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 121
Fresh: 46
Rotten: 75

Critics Consensus: Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand have enough chemistry to drive a solidly assembled comedy; unfortunately, The Guilt Trip has a lemon of a script and is perilously low on comedic fuel.

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand have enough chemistry to drive a solidly assembled comedy; unfortunately, The Guilt Trip has a lemon of a script and is perilously low on comedic fuel.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 38,952


Movie Info

An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention.

PG-13 (for language and some risque material)
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Apr 30, 2013
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Guilt Trip

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (75)

Andrew [Rogen], who has invented an organic cleaning compound, pitches it to retailers in a succession of meetings across the country that have no grounding in any known reality.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

The Guilt Trip pairs Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in the hope, no doubt, that sparks will fly. They don't.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Rogen and Streisand are reasonably funny together, though Rogen, always best when he's angry, is crowded into the role of a well-mannered straight man.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

To its detriment, The Guilt Trip opts to work gently on the heart rather than hard on the funny bone.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A breezy, funny and warm road-trip comedy.

Full Review… | December 20, 2012
Top Critic

The Guilt Trip is clearly targeted at older audiences less than receptive to the crude jokes that made Seth Rogen famous.

Full Review… | December 20, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The laughs are gentle, of the chuckle rather than laugh-out-loud variety and they're plentiful enough to overlook the episodic sequences.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Windy City Times

Rogen's deadpan misery meshes well with Streisand's oblivious idiocy, making the laughs roll in.

Full Review… | April 30, 2013

On paper, it must have seemed like a solid idea

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
Film Racket

Contrived and mostly medicore, but may satisfy Streisand fans

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Movie Habit

It's all kvetch this and kvetch that, with few jokes or amusing encounters ...

Full Review… | March 10, 2013
Observer [UK]

It never quite delivers juggernaut-sized laughs, but the sharp-tongued sparring between the two leads pops and fizzes throughout, with Streisand in particular showing she's still an intuitive and naturalistic comedian.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
Radio Times

Streisand has lost little of her gawky, pesky touch in comedy, while Rogen knows just how to be the charmingly daft slob.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
This is London

Rogen plays the science nerd Andrew, who has just invented an organic cleaning product and is taking a cross-country trip to find a buyer. In a moment of weakness, he invites his meddling mother Joyce (Streisand).

Full Review… | March 8, 2013

Barbra's speed-yapping makes her mollycoddling mum Joyce even more annoying than she is supposed to be.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Sun Online

What we're left with is a bafflingly dull road movie. Maybe Alexander Payne could have done something with this.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013

It is the makers who should feel guilty.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Financial Times

Enjoyable mother-son road movie that swerves the potential potholes of broad or outrageous comedy in favour of an engaging, emotionally convincing and ultimately moving portrait of the central relationship ...

Full Review… | March 6, 2013

It's been more than fifteen years since Barbra Streisand has taken a lead role in a movie...and after suffering this you can see why.

Full Review… | March 6, 2013
Sky Movies

There are OK performances but the cast are better than this. Very occasionally it's vaguely amusing, but it's mostly just annoying or cringeworthy.

Full Review… | March 6, 2013
Birmingham Post

Think of it as a Sunday drive, easy and breezy, with good company to pass the time.

Full Review… | March 5, 2013
Digital Spy

Despite the odds, both stars strike a few sparks in Anne Fletcher's slight comedy.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
The List

You've seen this film already. That's how predictable it is...the film is surprisingly light on laughs.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

Small stakes and consistently tame inclinations mark screenwriter Dan Fogelman's effort, which gives off an ambling vibe that would be more at home in an independent production.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013

Only comes to life during a Texan steak-eating contest that has Babs ingest a mountain of meat.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Total Film

Some actors you'd pay to watch read the phonebook; turns out it's worth paying to see Streisand eat a steak.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
The Vine

Audience Reviews for The Guilt Trip

Amazingly this film is based on a real life experience which one of the writers had with his own mother on a road trip. Whether this actually makes the film any more interesting is up to you, personally for me it doesn't but the whole idea is very relatable.

My first thought God! has someone actually seen me and my own mother out together one day and thought the embarrassing scenario would make a good comedy?. But in all honesty I'm sure there are many many people who could say the exact same thing.

The plot is simple, in fact its 'Planes Trains and Automobiles' just slightly altered, there's even a steak eating contest sequence. 'Brewster' and his very overbearing mother love each other but like all young adults and their parents there is friction. In this very sappy yet heart warming tale Seth Rogen's character takes his mother on a long road trip across the US from the East coast to Vegas and finally San Francisco for another small separate sub plot. Why? because he's trying to sell his new environmentally friendly cleaning product...annnd that's it in a nutshell.

In all honesty this film is very sweet and very weepy but ultimately its also very cliched and unoriginal.  Streisand is clearly the best thing about the film with her typical Jewish mother routine. Always trying to feed Rogen's character, always asking if he's warm enough, always telling him to be careful and generally being nosy, awkwardly embarrassing and annoying at just the wrong times just like all mothers can be.

The plot is really really thin and offers little chances for fun apart from the obvious odd moment before a sales pitch. In general the start of the film is probably the best, as Rogen gets off his flight and meets Streisand at the airport, that sequence made me laugh, at that point I'm thinking this could be a winner. But the whole thing is pretty daft, would you really drive across the US to make sales? surely the gas would cost a fortune? maybe not I dunno.

Also the whole sub plot bit about Streisand's character trying to meet up with this guy she dated waaaay back before she had her child (Rogen's character), is ridiculous. She is hinging on the fact this guy would remember her and somehow want to get back together! after about...I dunno, 30-40 years or so! as if!. They only had a fling, if that, this idea felt really stretched.

The film wants to be funny, its so clearly wants to be the next big hilarious comedy, but it falls well well short. There are some easy opportunities for great comedy, both Rogen and Streisand being cooped up together for the whole trip in this tiny compact city car. Its yearning for some brilliant visual moments but they just don't come, even when they both go into a strip club, you're watching and waiting for the obvious embarrassing belly laughs...but no, still nothing.

Its a shame because its heart is in the right place and the premise is a good one (if completely over used), there's just very little to laugh at here. The film runs out of comedy fuel well before the end credits I'm afraid, but the chances were there.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Joyce Brewster: Don't you see Andy? It was always you. You're the love of my life baby.

"Get Ready For One Mother Of A Road Trip"

I didn't expect anything much from The Guilt Trip, but I never expected as lousy a movie as I got. You'd think Streisand and Rogen as a mother and son combo would make the movie go down easier, but the awful and extremely cliche writing makes that impossible. In the end, this is one of the worst comedies I've seen in awhile. The jokes don't really ever work, and the two or three times they actually do, the payoff results in just a little chuckle. 

Andy is a scientist who has a new invention he is attempting to sell to major corporate retail chains. When he goes and visits his mother for a weekend before he goes on a week long, cross country road trip for several meetings; things change when he asks his mother to come along. From there, there's the usual road trip problems and mother, son quarrels. It's all quite bland and lifeless. 

The Guilt Trip is definitely one to pass on and that's coming from someone who is a big fan of Seth Rogen. This comedy is weak from start to finish however, and about twenty minutes in, I realized, I already didn't care about any of the characters or what was to happen later in the movie. It ended up just being a big waste of time.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

A road trip involving a Man and his nagging Jewish Mother. No, I wasn't rushing to the cinema to see this but I caught it on DVD anyway just to see and I'm glad I did. The story sounded rubbish and when a film poster just has 'Hilarious' written on it it generally acts as a warning sign. Indeed, the film isn't 'Hilarious' but it is quite a touching drama, albeit with fleeting moments of humour but a drama at its core. Poor post production and publicity has claimed another victim. No matter how good or bad a film is, if you package it incorrectly people will dismiss it. Funny how that is a lesson taught in the film itself! Doh!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

I thought that this movie was sweet....maybe it helps that I have always been a Barbra Streisand fan. Pairing her with Rogen was a good match, and together they manage a touching portrayal of a mother-son relationship. Their road trip together was delightful, and the storyline was enjoyable.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

The Guilt Trip Quotes

Joyce Brewster:
I want the salad dressin' on the side... it's a weight watchers thing.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
Joyce Brewster:
If all the kids in the world were lined up and I was to pick one kid for myself Andy, it will always be you.
Andy Brewster:
I wouldn't let you pick anyone else mom.
– Submitted by Vikas D N (20 months ago)
Joyce Brewster:
Don't you see Andy? It was always you. You're the love of my life baby.
– Submitted by Bill J (21 months ago)
Joyce Brewster:
You ungrateful little shit.
– Submitted by Melissa C (21 months ago)
Joyce Brewster:
Who the hell are you?
Andy Brewster:
Mom, you're in the wrong car!
– Submitted by Andrew O (21 months ago)
Joyce Brewster:
You want to drive to drive cross country with me?
Andy Brewster:
Yeah! No!
– Submitted by Chris P (22 months ago)

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