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The Guilt Trip (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 19 December 2012 (USA)
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As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride.

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Anne Fletcher

Writer:

Dan Fogelman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Joyce Brewster
Seth Rogen ... Andrew Brewster
Julene Renee ... K-Mart Receptionist (as Julene Renee-Preciado)
Zabryna Guevara ... K-Mart Executive
John Funk ... K-Mart Executive
Robert Curtis Brown ... K-Mart Executive
Kathy Najimy ... Gayle
Miriam Margolyes ... Anita
Rose Abdoo ... Diana
Tom Virtue ... Mature Singles Man
Vivian Vanderwerd Vivian Vanderwerd ... Mature Singles Woman
Worth Howe ... Bob
Vicki Goldsmith ... Young Joyce
Matthew Levinson Matthew Levinson ... Toddler Andy
Joseph Levinson Joseph Levinson ... Toddler Andy
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Storyline

Los Angeles based organic chemist Andrew Brewster has just sunk his life savings into developing and now marketing an environmentally friendly, effective and human safe home cleaning product. Despite these attributes, he is having problems making any sales to distributors and retailers. He has planned a cross country business trip via automobile to make sales pitches to various companies along the way, starting in New York City and ending in Las Vegas. While in New York, Andy plans to stay with his overbearing mother, New Jersey residing Joyce Brewster, with who he has a love/hate relationship and who he does not see very often anymore. He doesn't want to tell her of his sales failures thus far as he knows she will only add more than her two-cents into the matter, which he doesn't want. Joyce's focus of attention is on Andy's single status and what looks to be his stalled romantic life, out of which again he wants her to stay. Widowed when Andy was eight, Joyce has never remarried or ... Written by Huggo

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Get ready for one mother of a road trip

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some risque material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Mother's Curse See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,390,000, 23 December 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,134,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,860,614
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Fogelman wrote the film based on a road trip he and his mother Joyce took from New Jersey to Las Vegas, Nevada. The film is dedicated to her. See more »

Goofs

The 50-ounce steak is described in subsequent dialogue as a "4 1/2 pound steak." A 4 1/2 pound steak is 72 ounces. A 50-ounce steak is 3 pounds, 2 ounces. See more »

Quotes

Joyce Brewster: Promise me you'll never pick up a hitchhiker, okay?
Andrew Brewster: I promise I will never pick up a hitchhiker.
Joyce Brewster: Good. They rape.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, more is shown of Andy and his mother dealing with each other during the long drive, that is, several of Rogen and Streisand's comic improvisations. The 'mini-screen' moves a few times to make room for the credits. See more »

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Red Ragtop
Written by Jason White
Performed by Tim McGraw
Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
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If Streisand and Rogen Are Your Stars, Do You Really Need a Plot?
27 December 2012 | by bbrebozoSee all my reviews

Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen are a great comedy team. In fact, the best part of Guilt Trip is when the credits are rolling at the end, and there are several scenes that the two of them apparently improvised during the filming. If the whole movie had been as entertaining as those outtakes, I would have given it a "10."

Unfortunately, the makers of Guilt Trip appear to believe that a movie requires a plot, and sadly, this one was clunky. For a comedy film to work, you either have to completely put reality aside (Blazing Saddles or Rocky Horror Picture Show), or somehow believe an unbelievable story (Airplane or the Blues Brothers). This film didn't fall into either category. The plot just wasn't strong enough to support the premise that any son would be crazy enough to take his mother on a long business trip with him, and there was no reason why he kept bringing her to all his business appointments. And his mother's nutty revealing of her deepest family secret, and her insane baby-naming system, were clearly tossed in just to provide somewhere for this film to go.

Don't get me wrong. I'd really like Streisand and Rogen to do another road trip together. But next time, let's just say that space aliens abducted them and forced them to travel together. And let both of the stars ad lib their way through the adventure. I'd pay to see that one.


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