Road trips can be a whole lot of fun or agonizing torture, depending on the length, destination, and people accompanying you. So it is easy to see why so many movies have been made about the various shenanigans that can occur on these long, eventful road trips.
The newest entry into this interesting and ever expanding sub-genre is the British film, The Trip.
When actor Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour and review the country’s finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect romantic getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But when she backs out and all his other friends are “busy,” Coogan reluctantly invites his friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.
As the brilliant comic duo, free-styling with flair, drive each other mad with constant competition and showdowns of competing impressions and one-upsmanship, the ultimate odd couple realize in the end a rich amount about not only good food, but the nature of fame, relationships and their own lives.
Watch the hilarious and charming trailer posted in the VIDEO box on the left side of the article.
The Trip stars actors Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder, Night at the Museum, Hamlet 2, In the Loop) and Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey, MirrorMask, Little Britain), as fictionalized versions of them themselves. The British comedy duo are actual friends in real life and have worked together on numerous occasions. Both men are hugely popular in their native England, but only Coogan has really established himself across the pond here in America.
The film is directed by Michael Winterbottom (The Killer Inside Me, A Mighty Heart). Winterbottom reunites with Coogan and Brydon, both of whom he directed in the films 24 Hour Party People and Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, the latter of which also featured Coogan and Brydon as fictionalized versions of themselves as they attempt to make a movie based on the notoriously unfilmable novel, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
Originally, The Trip was produced as a television series, which aired as six 30-minute episodes in Britain and won Coogan a BAFTA award for Best Comedic Performance. The series was then edited down into a feature film version (107 minutes) and is now getting a limited release in the U.S. And just like its television counterpart, the film version of The Trip has been very well received by critics and has been described as “amiable, very funny, and at times, insightful.”
The film appears to be kind of Sideways meets Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Many scenes were improvised by the proven comedians as they debate a wide variety of film, music, art, pop culture, and culinary topics, plus hilarious contests over which of the two does the best celebrity impersonations – including Michael Caine, Sean Connery, and Al Pacino (check out a great video clip of the dueling Michael Caines from the film in the VIDEO box).
The Trip starts Friday, July 29 at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center and runs through Thursday, August 4 with a nightly showtime of 7:30 pm.
In addition to this great new film, the indie drama Hesher (starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman) has had its popular run at Zeitgeist extended through Sunday, July 31 at 9:30 pm. Read my review of that film here.
So come out to the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans) this weekend and next to catch one (or both) of these great films and take advantage of all the Zeitgeist Arts Center has to offer. And by doing so, help support one the premier alternative arts center in the South.
Tickets are $7 general / $6 students & seniors / $5 Zeitgeist members
You can also visit the Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center’s website here.
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