The Trip To Italy


The Trip To Italy

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While perhaps not quite as fresh as Coogan and Brydon's original voyage in The Trip, The Trip to Italy still proves a thoroughly agreeable sequel.



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Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon-or semifictionalized versions thereof-on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman's vocal register, the artistic merits of "Jagged Little Pill," and, of course, the virtue of sequels. Winterbottom trains his camera to capture the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed while keeping the film centered on the crackling chemistry between the two leads. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity. (c) IFC Films

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Marta Barrio
as Yolanda
Tim Leach
as Joe (Steve's Son)
Rebecca Johnson
as Sally (Rob's Wife)
Alba Foncuberta
as La Suvera Receptionist
Flora Villani
as Villa Cimbrone Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for The Trip To Italy

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (38)

  • This hedonistic japery is shot through with middle-aged melancholy and the fear of death.

    Sep 5, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • If it's your cup of tea, you're likely to spill it from laughing so hard. Somebody send these two on another holiday.

    Sep 4, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • It's that melancholy within each man that saves the film from disposability.

    Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • By the time Coogan is addressing Brydon as Yorick in a skull-filled catacomb outside Naples, the film's true subject has been made as crystal clear as the case surrounding a lava-crusted corpse in old Pompeii.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Trip to Italy doesn't feel entirely new, but there's comfort in familiarity, too.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Where comedy provides the tonic in so many films, it's the hint of reality that pushes in at the edges and changes the pace here. These guys are funny. But they know their longer trip will continue once the last plate of pasta is empty.

    Aug 28, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Trip To Italy

  • Jan 02, 2015
    I was really into the first film, The Trip, thanks to the chemistry between its perfectly matched leads, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and their heavily improvised dialogue.  The fact that the film felt mostly like a project in self-indulgence, going to great restaurants and eating great food, was irrelevant when the film was that good.  This film, and its prequel, for all the faults you could name, comes across like it was a very easy movie to make.  Not saying that it was easy, but that's the air it gives off.  This sequel is, essentially, the same concept as the first one except it's set in Italy.  Of course, they choose some of the most beautiful Italian settings, so in a way, it also serves as a video to help promote Italy's tourism market.  The film, admittedly, isn't as good as the first one.  That's not a huge complaint, since there's no massive drop in quality, just only a very slight drop.  Steve Coogan' s and Rob Brydon's excellent chemistry carries this film.  What I liked about the first one is that, underneath all the Michael Caine impressions and self-deprecating humor, was actually a strong character arc for both Steve's and Rob's character.  The sequel tries this same formula without nearly the same success. For example, Steve trying to reconnect with his son is actually good.  But Rob having an affair, when in the first film he was presented as a likable and loving family man, well it just feels out of place with what's already been established.  And I get it, people change throughout the years, but it doesn't really work well.  Rob finally making inroads into the American film world was good though. Of course when the majority of the film consists of amusing and hilarious conversations between Steve and Rob, it's kinda hard to review the film, because you're really only talking about the dialogue and not an actual narrative, even though there is one, however understated it may be. If you liked the first film, then there would be no reason for you to dislike this one. It's more of what you loved, and for good reason. I may have given it the same rating as the first one, but this is only a slight decrease in quality. It's still very good and very funny, but it is an acquired taste. Not everyone will enjoy this, that's for damn sure.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2015
    There is a scene in The Trip to Italy where Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon visit the exhibit around Pompeii and while Brydon takes the expected comical approach to their surroundings Coogan stops to consider the reality of the situation. There is a rich and very depressing history to what they are seeing; these were human lives that were taken away in one short breath and while Coogan is somewhat flabbergasted at the thought of that occurrence Brydon takes advantage of the situation by excelling at his trade-doing voices. He gives the body, still covered in concrete ash, a voice from inside the glass case to which he carries on a conversation with. This scene in particular captures the balance of not only these films, but this film specifically in one small moment. It gives credence to the solemnity of life while allowing the overwhelming sense of comedy that seeps into our every day experiences to serve as the highlight because, well, we'd all really like to live in a comedy, wouldn't we? I've only been familiar with Brydon since the first installment of this series a few years back, but Coogan has been a presence, for me personally anyway, for a bit longer and his profile outside of these movies lends the atmosphere a little more depth if not credibility. These aren't films you necessarily look to for pure entertainment value, but they are rather stimulating and deliver plenty of laughs where you chuckle to yourself and feel present and enthralled for sharing in their journey.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2014
    The Trip to Italy is more of the same. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are a funny comedy team. Their dueling Michael Caines were a standout in the original. This time however the shtick comes across as a bit desperate. The movie has barely begun and they're already going back that well again. "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" Steve Coogan shout at the top of his lungs. The obvious Caine quote from 1969's The Italian Job. Then the pair discuss The Dark Knight Rises and who is less understandable - Tom Hardy as Bane or Christian Bale as Batman. Do you like the impressions? Then I have very good news for you - a whole slew of celebrities are mimicked: Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Grant, Dustin Hoffman, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Humphrey Bogart. Some are good (Woody Allen). Others are just awful (Al Pacino). Perhaps that was the point. Most of these are done by Brydon who once again plays the irritant to Coogan's agitated fellow. So how do you say déjà vu in Italian?
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2014
    The viewer may already be familiar with the concept of comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon being this generation's Hope and Crosby when they toured and ate their way across England in "The Trip." Thankfully, that familiarity has not led to contempt(although it does mention the movie of the same title), just enjoyment as this time they tour Italy where it is Brydon who has the job offer and the dalliance with a younger woman while Coogan's show has just ended which is probably for the best. They discuss a wide range of topics from mortality to Alanis Morissette, all the while chasing the ghosts of Byron and Shelley in a Mini Cooper with the spectacular Italian scenery as a backdrop and being fueled by great looking food.(At last, I finally understand the concept of food porn.) The question Brydon and Coogan ask is whether or not they will be remembered in 200 years which is impossible to gauge. But their referencing all manner of classic films provides hope for long memories. In any case, it appears that the "Beat the Devil" story is true.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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