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The Trip (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 85 | Rotten: 10

Amiable, funny and sometimes insightful, The Trip works as both a showcase for the enduring chemistry between stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and an unexpected perusal of men entering mid-life crises.

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 1

Amiable, funny and sometimes insightful, The Trip works as both a showcase for the enduring chemistry between stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and an unexpected perusal of men entering mid-life crises.

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Playing loose versions of themselves, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their hilariously fictionalized roles from Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and reunite with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom for an acerbically witty, largely improvised ride through the English countryside. Tapped by The Observer to review fine restaurants throughout the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Steve finds himself without a traveling companion after his girlfriend decides not to go at the last

Oct 11, 2011

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The Trip is not about food; it's about friendship, one that will give you plenty to laugh - and think - about.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The Trip is a comedy about two guys going to fancy restaurants in the English countryside. Sounds hilarious, huh? Well, it actually is.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Much more than an appetizer, if not quite a main course, it definitely goes down a treat.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The pinch of pathos in this tart comedy makes the "The Trip" a transportive experience.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Think The Odd Couple with sartorial style and more bickering. Add hints of truisms about middle age, sex, family, mortality and the limits of friendship and The Trip reveals itself to be more than it initially appears.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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A couple of hams served up with just the right blend of vinegar and spice to tantalize even the most discriminating palate.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Part road-movie, part restaurant-review, 100% hilarious.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Droll, improvising, overlong but awfully funny.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Bleakly rolling moors and stiff-chinned restaurants bring a chilly tone to this austere, investigative, self-reflexive, and yet somehow rollicking comedy...

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Not big on plot or story so there are slow patches, but the interaction of Brydon and Coogan makes this more worthwhile, if less informative, than any number of food-travel shows.

November 2, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

I expected 'The Trip' to be funny, but I didn't expect it to be one of the year's most beautiful films, thanks to cinematographer Ben Smithard's stunning landscape shots -- it's like the 'Days of Heaven' of Brit impressionist movies

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A funny and intelligent buddy movie about two men with similar talents but different personalities, traipsing across fog-shrouded northern England on a wild-goose chase.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Has some funny moments when the boys engage in one-upmanship and serve up their droll Brit humor.

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There is no earthly reason why Michael Winterbottom's The Trip should work, and several reasons why it shouldn't. Remarkably, it does work.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Just watching them volley impressions at each other for a couple of hours would make for a great time at the movies. But Winterbottom and his actors manage to underlay a melancholy note beneath the merriment, making "The Trip" even more satisfying.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Somehow the two keep from killing each other - or even griping all that much - long enough to make it through a hefty chunk of pleasing celluloid.

August 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

At nearly two hours, the film feels endless.

July 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Blather | Comments (2)
Film Blather

Slightly broken by its trip from series to feature... [it's] not that The Trip no good, but that The Trip should be so much better.

July 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Terrific stuff.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

If the idea of going on a minibreak with Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Michael Winterbottom sounds like your cup of crazy, then run, don't walk, to see The Trip.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

So, this is new: a frequently hilarious comedy that is also totally satisfying on an emotional level. A satire of fame that is never mean-spirited, and isn't filled with obnoxious jokes aimed only at insiders.

July 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Fuelled by some inspired and very funny improvisations - their duelling Michael Caine impersonations are a scream - the film gradually settles into a meditation on mid-life malaise.

July 4, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Rejoice, Coogan and Brydon fans.

July 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Audience Reviews for The Trip

A funny and charming two-men mockumentary (of which most is improvised), edited from the BBC TV series and relying on a great chemistry between Coogan and Brydon - it is almost impossible not to laugh hard at their hilarious impersonations and remarks on the food.
July 21, 2014
blacksheepboy

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A wonderfully entertaining, charming and very smart road-trip comedy. A classic buddy comedy between these two friends who have some of the best chemistry and improvisation that i have ever seen. Their does not even need to be a script, just these two mad men talents going at it with character development, exotic locations, delicious dishes, brilliant impersonations and huge laughs. A flat-out funny movie that's a real good-time. A film about friendship and other adult conversations that just not include food but bout life, sex, children, relationships and careers. A beautifully crafted and superbly performed movie.
June 11, 2014
allan913

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The Trip is akin to those "reality" TV programs shown on crime TV where they re-enact the crime in question; with the camera faithfully recording the occurrence. Here you have an entire film that on the surface seems spontaneous (especially given that there is no credit given to a screenwriter), and yet one can't help but realize that each and every bit of story and dialog is being shown to you on screen - meaning, of course, that there was a camera present at all times.

This then brings into question the credibility of the entire enterprise, but if you can get past the cinematic slight of hand, you end up with some very witty dialog and laugh out loud funny repartee (usually given in celebrity voices as both leads, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are gifted mimics).

But as these 40 something lads go joking their way through northern England, there is a melancholy undertow that is slowly revealed - making the coda of the film quite stirring and poignant. In the end you can reflect back on these two characters and how petty jealousy seems to ride shotgun in the Land Rover they use to get from one idyllic village to the next - and truly wonder if that jealousy is indeed petty or if Coogan's character realizes where he is in life and that all his victories thus far pale when compared to the solid family relationship of Brydon, who has what Coogan only subliminally acknowledges as his desire - to have the true love and support of a woman (even though he may be emotionally incapable of handling such a relationship). His return to an empty flat perfectly symbolizes the emptiness of his life at this juncture.

Pretty deep stuff for a "comedy" that on the surface is really about.... Well nothing much - and that's the beauty of it - revelation through the mundane. There is a scene towards the end of the film where Coogan and Byrdon visit Coogan's parents on the way back to London - when Dad asks which route Coogan is going to take, he then, upon hearing the route, shakes his head and says "that way will never do - there's too much in the way of roadblocks - better to retrace your path" - a metaphor for Coogan's life if ever there was one.
December 7, 2012
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Winterbottom and Coogan team up again to tell a sort of true, sort of not story about England that will make you laugh and may make you cry, thanks mostly to its honesty and verisimilitude.

The premise is that Coogan is between jobs, wanting to make big, brilliant American movies, but being offered only TV series designed for washed up stars. Newly on a break from his much younger girlfriend, Coogan sets off to write a magazine article about the restaurants in England's northlands, and in a pinch to find a travel companion, calls old friend and Tristram Shandy co-star Rob Brydon. The men's friendship strains, as does Coogan's personal life and career, as they make their way from place to place, really doing little more than carrying on a conversation that ranges through all emotions. Compelling viewing, and most notable, perhaps, for the moment when Steve Coogan says he wants to work with auteurs; he and Winterbottom are already doing it.
July 17, 2012
danperry17

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    1. Steve: Don't you find it exhausting running around, chasing girls?
    – Submitted by Tom M (2 years ago)
    1. Steve: Gentlemen to bed, for tomorrow we leave at 9:30!
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    1. Steve: Was there a lot of alcohol in your garden as a child? I'm sorry, Rob.
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    1. Steve: I don't chase them.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Steve: I've, uh, asked other people but they're all too busy, so you know, do you wanna come?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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