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DVD Review: The Trip

September 13, 2011

The Trip – An Alliance Films’ Release

http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-trip

DVD Release Date: September 13th, 2011

Rated 14A for coarse language and substance abuse

Running time: 112 minutes

Michael Winterbottom (dir.)

Michael Nyman (music)

Steve Coogan as Steve

Rob Brydon as Rob

Margo Stilley as Mischa

Rebecca Johnson as Sally

Our reviews below:

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The Trip DVD Review By John C.

*** (out of 4)

In The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play versions of themselves, as they travel around the English countryside.  Steve is a struggling actor waiting for his big break, given a writing assignment to review some of the restaurants in Northern England.  But when his girlfriend (Margo Stilley) can’t make it, he invites along his happily married friend, Rob.  The two set out on a road trip to explore the different eateries in the country, bickering over who can do better impersonations of various actors and ultimately becoming closer friends than Steve would like to admit.

Combined from a six-part TV series, The Trip is one funny journey.  There isn’t much of a story, but watching Coogan and Brydon eat at high-class restaurants and drive around the beautiful English countryside provides solid entertainment for 112-minutes.  All of the humour comes from their dialogue, with some of the funniest scenes coming from their celebrity impersonations.  It is left up to debate as to which one can do the best Michael Caine, but Brydon’s Woody Allen is pretty darn good.  Filled with hilarious dialogue and a heartfelt look at friendship, The Trip is a small comedic gem.

The DVD includes over 100-minutes of deleted scenes, a ‘making of’ featurette as well as a couple of pictures and poster galleries. ___________________________________________________________________________

The Trip DVD Review by Erin V.  

*** (out of 4)

The Trip follows writer/restaurant critic Steve (Steve Coogan) and his friend Rob (played by Rob Brydon) on a trip across the Northern English countryside.  While it doesn’t have much in the way of story, it carries itself on the genuinely funny at times performances of the two leads as they do impersonations, try good food, and marvel in the beautiful landscapes.  It’s not just comedy though – what really makes this a good watch is just how genuine the friendship between the two characters seems as they talk about life and where they are in it currently.

With the two main characters boasting the same names as their actors, it is worth a note that they play loose versions of themselves.  The Trip was originally a 6 episode TV show in Britain, and the DVD includes over an hour of ‘deleted scenes.’  This film is worth a watch.

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The Trip DVD Review By Nicole

*** (out of 4)

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star as characters with the same names in this witty English road trip comedy.  Steve gets an invitation from a local newspaper to review the most expensive restaurants in Northern England.  He invites his girlfriend who is a real foodie, but when she can’t come, extends the invitation to his friend Rob instead.  Together, the two friends head off on a quirky road trip, where they eat at fancy restaurants while trying to outdo each other in their celebrity impersonations.

The Trip maintains a nice pace that never gets boring.  The dialogue exchanges between Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are really funny.  The scenery of the English countryside is just beautiful.  Anyone who enjoys quirky and charming road trip films, and/or English comedy will love this movie.

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The Trip DVD Review By Maureen

*** (out of 4)

Two funny guys, one car, several days on the road, all add up to a really entertaining and charming film called The Trip.  British comedians Steve Coogan and (actually Welsh) Rob Brydon improvise versions of themselves on a road trip through the rolling hills of the English Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.  The purpose of the trip is to review restaurants along the way.  Rob Brydon is coerced to go along when Steve Coogan’s girlfriend, who knows a whole lot more about fine food, than the guys do, cancels at the last-minute.

The Trip is incredibly low-key, yet non-stop funny.  The two men banter and bicker from beginning to end and are constantly trying to outdo the other in terms of who does better celebrity impersonations.  Whether driving in the car or eating tiny portions of pretentious gourmet food in fine restaurants they take turns quoting the likes of Michael Caine, Woody Allen and others.  With beautiful scenery, likable and quirky travel mates, watching The Trip is like going on a short holiday without having to deal with the driving or expense.  Filmmaker Michael Winterbottom got it right deciding to take a trip with these two lads.  The Trip might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but those who appreciate British humour, especially Coogan and Brydon fans, will not be disappointed.

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The Trip DVD Review By Tony

*** (out of 4)

The Trip is a feature compiled from a six-part British TV series featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon essentially playing themselves. Steve had booked a one-week road trip with his foodie girlfriend to review fine restaurants around England’s Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Unfortunately, she has just moved back to the U.S. so he invites his friend Rob to come along instead.

Both Coogan and Brydon are big names for those who enjoy British radio and TV, not so much for the rest of us. I personally only remember Coogan as that pompous British guy in American films like Our Idiot Brother, and am completely unfamiliar with Brydon’s previous work, but it really doesn’t matter. I obviously missed some of the cultural references, but the largely improvised performance is always entertaining. Their mutual respect and affection is always evident, despite constant competition in everything including Wordsworth’s poetry and impressions of celebrities like Michael Caine. It is also fun to see their middle-class reactions to the dazzling variety of fancy cuisine carefully prepared and placed before them. As a nice bonus, the beautiful landscape provides a fine backdrop. Overall, The Trip is loads of fun, especially for the fans.

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Consensus:  With British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon both playing versions of themselves, The Trip is a charming comedy filled with memorably hilarious dialogue and beautiful scenery of the English Countryside.  *** (Out of 4)

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