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When Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People, Tropic Thunder) is asked by The Observer to tour the country s finest restaurants,he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany
him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon (A Cock and Bull Story). As the brilliant comic duo, freestyling with flair, drive each other mad with constant
competition and showdowns of competing impressions of famous celebrities, 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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Item model number : unknown
- Director : Michael Winterbottom
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 52 minutes
- Release date : October 11, 2011
- Actors : Steve Coogan, Robert Brydon
- Studio : IFC Independent Film
- ASIN : B005E7SEM0
- Number of discs : 1
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- #5,291 in Comedy (Movies & TV)
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I wouldn’t call this a comedy, I would call it a dark comedy because Steve Coogan in the movie is clearly the lost one, not his friend Rob. I love the celeb impressions of course, which were brilliant and spot-on, but I also enjoyed the poetry readings, so after I write this review I’m going to re-read Tintern Abbey because it’s been a long time.
Just as an aside I really hope to God the real Steve Coogan it’s not such a poon hound, I mean that’s what made this comedy so depressing - he’s always chasing skirt and he has a perfectly beautiful girlfriend in the US! Yes they are separated in the movie but I just found that his cavalier attitude towards sex just really empty and sad sad sad sad sad sad. He comes across therefore as a total dic&.
And he is a nice looking man, but really he wouldn’t get nearly as much as& here in the US! ha ha.
Finally, I’ve been to England a couple of times and I’ve known a lot of Brits here in America and but I had a little trouble following their northern England accent so I will re-watch this after I go buy some cognac. Craving cognac during this Covid 19 pandemic. :)
I found this documentary style film to be a neat video to experience... as usual with British Shows, it tends to be a bit more cerebral than American slapstick or situation comedies, it also tends to make one introspective on a deeper level than other American shows do... I mean, do you ever find yourself wondering what it would actually be Like to Live With or Live AS Kramer from Seinfeld, or do you just goof at his antics?
This show far more delves into the reality of larger than life personalities, be they famous film stars, or comedic entertainers... it speaks to what we each look For in our personal relationships as well as the brutal realities that Actually comprise our real relationships... be they quick dates and one offs that make us miss something more, or the tedium of predictable relationships that make us sad for the novelty of new experiences... A brutally sober (figuratively) and proper view of the world around us, or an ability to find and Make fun Anywhere about Anything...
Each of the two characters, I feel, tends to try and pull the personality of their counterpart closer to what they themselves feel is the ideal, while exposing in the meantime that neither of them really enjoy the 'purity' of experience they hold so strongly against the other's personality... And again, the ideal 'road trip' 'buddy movie' idea ultimately is Never made of the moments films lie to us as being made of... instead, they are the usual moments of good experience within the common drudgery of everyday reality...
Perhaps a bit too real for escapist cinema, but a far more real and meaningful story for all of that...
That being said, I would not recommend purchase outright unless you're a big fan already... the one night rental would still make for a pleasant evening... leaving us grateful for those around us, and more aware of our own realistic shortcomings...
Loved the scenery and the locations. The foodie segments seemed a mix of awe and parody. Perhaps intentional. Had a recent journey to Keswick/Lake Windermeer and loved it, except for one day of pretty heavy rain that blotted out the beauty of the surroundings, which are extraordinary. The Trip made everything look lovely, which, since it was shot in winter, is quite amazing. Made us want to go back.
Coogan is funny, but here the humor is pretty sophomoric. I'm still going to see Trip to Italy just because I'm sure they'll do a wonderful tour of Umbria or Tuscany which even when not perfect is pretty terrific. Final thought: it's for Anglophiles only. You have to love English countryside and English architecture and the lilt of language and the funny juxtaposition of beautiful Polish ex-pats as they carve out a life (and some frolic with Steve) in the UK. It's really a 3-star movie, but I'm a sucker for anything British.
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The settings are beautiful, as they travel through the more picturesque parts of 'the north'. But the over priced over precious foodie rituals, and the neo-docu style of the restaurant/kitchen/service scenes, whilst very well done, sometimes feel like excess fat on the comedy meat, and even occasionally irritating excess fat at that.
The chemistry between the two leads is great though. Rob Brydon is, perhaps, the more charming, occasionally both because of and despite his borderline compulsive routines. Whilst Coogan is a kind of parody of the self we expect him to be, part Coogan, part Partridge, with a prickly vanity manifested as a desire to always be 'numero uno', dreaming of Hollywood success, and carrying on like a youngster, smoking spliffs and chasing skirt.
If I could give this four and a half stars I would. It's very good. And occasionally wonderfully funny. Initially I gave it just four stars, but after watching the extras, I'm giving it five. The extras are, essentially, the duo riffing on various routines. Watching these, which could just be do much padding, one realises just how excellent their chemistry is.
Definitely worth the little over £5 it cost when I bought it.
The discs are well put together with a strong image and decent extras, mainly deleted scenes which are worth watching.