The Trip

The Trip

The Trip

Michael Winterbottom (A Cock and Bull Story, 24 Hour Party People) directs brilliant British comedians Steve Coogan (I'm Alan Partridge) and Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey) playing fictionalised versions of themselves on a road trip around the UK, ostensibly working as restaurant critics.

Coogan is asked by The Observer newspaper to tour England's finest restaurants. But when his girlfriend pulls out, his perfect holiday falls through and he asks his friend and source of eternal aggravation, Brydon, to join him. Dining their way around the English countryside, they drive each other up the wall with their incessant competitiveness, bad moods and personal crisis.

The film was put together using footage from their BAFTA winning TV series of the same name.

2011Rating: MA15+107 minsUK
Comedy
Director:
Michael Winterbottom ('The Killer Inside Me', '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock and Bull Story')
Writer:
Steve CooganRob Brydon
Cast:
Steve CooganRob BrydonClaire KeelanMargo StilleyRebecca JohnsonDolya GavanskiKerry Shale
47%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

The Trip is about 20 minutes too long, but the other 90 are among the funniest in recent memory.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a great deal more entertaining than it sounds, in large part because the two actors are gifted mimics - Brydon the better one, although Coogan doesn't think so.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Coogan and Brydon are either quite brilliant at this or just serving up slight variations of their very witty selves. Either way, their travels and squabbles are great fun to watch, the countryside is bucolic, the food mouthwatering. You just wouldn't want to go on a real road trip with them.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The project suffers badly from being largely improvised as the pair fall back on familiar impressions and old jokes. Lazy and indulgent, it smacks of being what the British call a "jolly," that is a freebie with no obligation to turn in work afterward.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Make no mistake: The Trip is a fine, funny movie. But there's no reason why it couldn't have been even finer and funnier.

0

Michael Winterbottom is the British Steven Soderberg - every movie he does is different and he makes three different movies before breakfast... But this is really nothing more than an edited down version of a quaint British TV "documentary"-style comedy which followed comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon around various restaurants. The TV show is...

2.0
0

Certainly not demanding on any level, but helped pass the time enjoyably.

3.0
0

good, but not great i think i should get a copy of the original tv show this footage was all culled from in order to understand the movie fully. whilst it is entertaining and sometimes very funny indeed, the laughs are not sustained enough to overcome the undercurrent of melancholy in Coogan's caricature of himself - and he appears to be just mean-spirited...

3.0
0

Two middle aged man rambling around bla bla bla they're dead boring and that goes on for nearly two hours, the film feels endless.

1.0
0

If you're anything like me, and Steve Coogan's personal state in the film resonates with yours, it will be a somber feeling you'll walk out with. The film itself is not a 'comedy' so to speak, but seemingly more so a semi fictional biography. There are many moments throughout the film that simply feel like a documentary on the chalk and cheese lifestyles of...

5.0
0

This movie would have been left on the edit room floor. To cobble it together and sell it as a movie trading off a person's name does a huge disservice to movie goers. I could have been doing something more enjoyable like washing the car, taking out the garbage or cleaning the garage. Lovers of British humor will leave feeling malnourished after this...

1.0
0

I went into this film with high hopes. My friend had watched the TV series of The Trip and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was expecting the film version to be great. However, I have to say that it didn't live up to my expectations. The Trip follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they tour around northern England eating at restaurants for Steve to review in a...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The Trip is about 20 minutes too long, but the other 90 are among the funniest in recent memory.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a great deal more entertaining than it sounds, in large part because the two actors are gifted mimics - Brydon the better one, although Coogan doesn't think so.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Coogan and Brydon are either quite brilliant at this or just serving up slight variations of their very witty selves. Either way, their travels and squabbles are great fun to watch, the countryside is bucolic, the food mouthwatering. You just wouldn't want to go on a real road trip with them.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The project suffers badly from being largely improvised as the pair fall back on familiar impressions and old jokes. Lazy and indulgent, it smacks of being what the British call a "jolly," that is a freebie with no obligation to turn in work afterward.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Make no mistake: The Trip is a fine, funny movie. But there's no reason why it couldn't have been even finer and funnier.

0

Michael Winterbottom is the British Steven Soderberg - every movie he does is different and he makes three different movies before breakfast... But this is really nothing more than an edited down version of a quaint British TV "documentary"-style comedy which followed comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon around various restaurants. The TV show is...

2.0
0

Certainly not demanding on any level, but helped pass the time enjoyably.

3.0
0

good, but not great i think i should get a copy of the original tv show this footage was all culled from in order to understand the movie fully. whilst it is entertaining and sometimes very funny indeed, the laughs are not sustained enough to overcome the undercurrent of melancholy in Coogan's caricature of himself - and he appears to be just...

3.0
0

Two middle aged man rambling around bla bla bla they're dead boring and that goes on for nearly two hours, the film feels endless.

1.0
0

If you're anything like me, and Steve Coogan's personal state in the film resonates with yours, it will be a somber feeling you'll walk out with. The film itself is not a 'comedy' so to speak, but seemingly more so a semi fictional biography. There are many moments throughout the film that simply feel like a documentary on the chalk and cheese lifestyles...

5.0
0

This movie would have been left on the edit room floor. To cobble it together and sell it as a movie trading off a person's name does a huge disservice to movie goers. I could have been doing something more enjoyable like washing the car, taking out the garbage or cleaning the garage. Lovers of British humor will leave feeling malnourished after this...

1.0
0

I went into this film with high hopes. My friend had watched the TV series of The Trip and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was expecting the film version to be great. However, I have to say that it didn't live up to my expectations. The Trip follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they tour around northern England eating at restaurants for Steve to review in...

3.0
0