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The Trip (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 24 April 2011 (Greece)
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Steve Coogan has been asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, but after his girlfriend backs out on him he must take his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Coogan ... Steve Coogan
Rob Brydon ... Rob Brydon
Rebecca Johnson ... Sally
Elodie Harrod Elodie Harrod ... Chloe
Dolya Gavanski ... Magda
Claire Keelan ... Emma
Justin Edwards ... Steve's UK Agent
Margo Stilley ... Mischa
Anna Stockton Anna Stockton ... Katherine
Kerry Shale ... Matt
Jeronime Palmer Jeronime Palmer ... Greta Hall Housekeeper
Rita Davies Rita Davies ... Dove Cottage Worker
Marta Barrio ... Yolanda
Paul Popplewell ... Paul
Mike Balderstone Mike Balderstone ... Geologist
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When Steve Coogan 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. Written by Anonymous

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Eat, drink and try not to kill each other. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2011 (Greece) See more »

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A Viagem See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,904, 12 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,014,922, 25 September 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Early in the film, the car stereo plays "Atmosphere" by Joy Division, which Steve Coogan explains he has chosen as the "soundtrack" for their trip, Though neither the song title nor the band are mentioned, in 24 Hour Party People (2002), Coogan played Tony Wilson, the producer who signed Joy Division to his Factory Records label. See more »

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Steve: Gentlemen to bed! For at daybreak I will breakfast.
Rob: Sire, sire! Tis a continental breakfast. Will only take twenty minutes max.
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References The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) See more »

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Atmosphere
Performed by Joy Division
Written by Ian Curtis (as Curtis)/Peter Hook (as Hook)/Stephen Morris (as Morris)/Bernard Sumner (as Sumner) (100%)
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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Watch the TV Series Instead
2 June 2011 | by pontoffelpockSee all my reviews

The Trip, the television program, is a poignant, rambling, beautiful little series, starring comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalized versions of themselves.

The Trip, the film, which I was able to catch at a packed SIFF screening, is an edited version of the television show. The six episode series clocks in at about 180 minutes, and the film, at 107 minutes, feels truncated and rushed comparatively. Both follow these hilarious gents as they review restaurants in the English countryside, but with those seventy-so minutes edited out, much of the nuance and poignancy is lost—the tone shifts from somber (but funny), to seemingly desperate for laughs. The film does often get those laughs (Coogan and Brydon, in their largely improvised conversations, are very humorous), but it fails to really make much impact beyond providing entertainment. The more melancholy scenes retained from the television series often feel tacked-on, and the transition between jokes and sentiment clunky, with quiet moments and breathing time largely cut out.

Audiences looking for droll popcorn fare will not be disappointed, but those wanting to be genuinely moved should skip the flick and instead seek out the superlative television series, using whatever means they can.


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