Mini Review | "The Trip"
Brydon, Coogan's best friend, is a last minute replacement for Coogan's girlfriend, much to Coogan's chagrin, who now has to listen to his endless nattering for miles on end.
Together, the two of them eat, bicker, and do dueling impersonations of celebrities such as Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Dustin Hoffman, and Sean Connery, while sampling some of the finest food in the country and lamenting about the state of their careers.
|Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP. Photo by Phil Fisk.|
An IFC Films release.
The self reflexive nature of the film is admittedly attractive, it blurs the line between fiction and reality a decidedly witty air. But it just kind of exists, never really asserting its own unique personality. It sort of aimlessly floats along for nearly two hours with a pleasant sort of droll charm, but the final result lacks the punch that could have made it truly memorable.
GRADE - ★★½ (out of four)
THE TRIP | Directed by Michael Winterbottom | Stars Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Ben Stiller | Not rated | Now playing in select cities.