THE TRIP (Theatrical Release USA 2011)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

The Trip
has the audacity to wave the flag of ‘Stop here for entertainment’ in its opening scene and quickly becomes an irrelevant, irreverent ode to nothing in particular—a sonnet singing its own sorrowful tune to the meaningless of life without apology or even the requisite polite nod to Madam Creativity. Dotted with random, quite boring, and unremarkable voice impersonations of the rich and famous, the film attempts to the status of documentary while exploiting boredom to heights yet unreached. Yet, perhaps for the same reasons we tolerate and even applaud Picasso as art, the British part of us follows the storyline to its bitter end and wonders if a sequel will be forthcoming while wavering between the poles of ‘surely not!’ and ‘probably’ because this is the plane to which we have degenerated in looking for reality-type entertainment.


Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take a road trip to examine northern England’s cuisine.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Michael Winterbottom for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Simon Lupton and Henry Normal for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Paul (Paul Popplewell), Mischa (Margo Stilley), Emma (Claire Keelan), Sally (Rebecca Johnson), Magda (Dolya Gavanski), and Steve Coogan’s United States Agent (Kerry Shale).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s very, very dry humor that needs a serious liqueur to wash down.

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