The Trip


The Trip

Critics Consensus

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 minute. After being turned down by everyone else he knows, Steve extends an invitation to Rob, and together the pair attempt to navigate the winding back roads of rural England, impersonating popular celebrities such as Michael Caine, Woody Allen and Liam Neeson (among many others) and bickering along the way. -- (C) IFC

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Critic Reviews for The Trip

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (37)

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

    Jul 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The Trip is a comedy about two guys going to fancy restaurants in the English countryside. Sounds hilarious, huh? Well, it actually is.

    Jul 8, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • 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.

    Jul 4, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Much more than an appetizer, if not quite a main course, it definitely goes down a treat.

    Jul 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The pinch of pathos in this tart comedy makes the "The Trip" a transportive experience.

    Jul 1, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 30, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Trip

  • Jul 19, 2014
    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 - and it is almost impossible not to laugh hard at their hilarious impersonations and remarks on the food.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2014
    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.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2012
    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.
    paul s Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2012
    In "The Trip," the actor Steve Coogan has an assignment to write about restaurants in his old stomping grounds of Yorkshire for Observer Magazine but nobody to go with him as his girlfriend Mischa(Margo Stilley) has other professional commitments. After going through half of the London phone book, Rob Brydon, the comedian, agrees to venture forth with him, despite or because of the infant in his household. Complications arise at their first stop when the only room available at the inn is a double which Magda(Dolya Gavanski) promises to look into. Alternately funny and sad, "The Trip" goes beyond documenting how hard it is to find a decent meal in England(and what glorious food they consume!) to explore other areas of British culture, including its literature and popular entertainment from the perspective of some beautiful countryside that is blessed with inconsistent cell phone reception. While referencing James Bond movies(luckily I've recently again seen the relevant conversation from "The Man from the Golden Gun," so I know what they are talking about, just like the "Top Gear" reference) might speak to Steve Coogan's inexplicably being a babe magnet, this behavior also shows how lonely he is(at least this version), not being able to be alone for long. At the same time, he enjoys despite himself, along with the audience, the relatively brief company of his fellow entertainer and friend, allowing for some hilarious semi-improvised riffs.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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