The Trip to Italy

The Trip to Italy


Brilliant British comedians Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) and Rob Brydon (TV's Gavin and Stacey) are reunited on another culinary odyssey, following 2010's The Trip. This time the pair, again playing semi-fictionalised versions of themselves, will bicker and brood their way from Rome to the Amalfi coast. Warning: contains Michael Caine impressions.... More

"Winterbottom's largely improvised 2010 film took Coogan and Brydon on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair - 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." (Sundance Film Festival)

Like the original, The Trip to Italy is also released - in an extended version - as a TV miniseries.Hide

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A few years after Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon played themselves touring North England to review restaurants (and more importantly, make fun of each other in between dodgy impressions), the two are back. This time in Italy, and with a new focus on midlife crises, mortality, Italian cinema, and Alanis Morrisette.... More

Like the first film, this is a condensed version of a six episode television series. Having watched series one on TV, I get the sense that The Trips are better suited to that format, where the many digressions can be indulged without any sense that we should be moving to the next scene. When you’re not digesting it in half hour morsels it can all feel a bit too loose.

It’s still a distinct pleasure watching banter between comedic actors this good. The fictional Coogan and Brydon have warmed to each other considerably, so the various barbs they sling are generally greeted with laughter rather than the nonplussed reactions of the first installment.

It’s a very funny film, so it’s surprising that the best scene is one free of laughs. It happens right at the end, and leaves the two in an ambiguous, wistful moment, suddenly making a third go around seem essential.Hide

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BY ANn-Kidd wannabe

If it wasn't for the scenery I would have walked out of The Trip To Italy. Too much dialogue, not enough action and quite frankly, I was bored as was my companion - serious editing was needed.
After watching this film don't be surprised if you want to visit The Amalfi Coast, and dine out on some Italian food, the saving grace of this boring film.

BY Squid grader

I enjoyed The Trip and I enjoyed The Trip to Italy even more. I have no idea why - I can't elucidate it. A bit of food porn always helps...and I have a teeny tiny crush on Steve Coogan and his character is more sympathetic in this one. I laughed, I cringed, I groaned, I said , "Oh yum." quite a few times. Sorry, this is the world's worst-written movie review.

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  • They're great company as they immerse themselves in the landscape, the history, the film history, the culture and the cuisine of their chosen destination. Full Review

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