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.
When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.
Years after their successful restaurant review tour of Northern Britain, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are commissioned for a new tour in Italy. Once again, the two comedy buddies/rivals take the landscape as well as the cuisine of that country in a trip filled with witty repartee and personal insecurities. Along the way, their own professional and personal lives comes in as these slightly older men's friendship comes through.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Steve's on-screen son, Joe, wears a The Big Bang Theory (2007) t-shirt that diagrams "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock". See more »
Toward the end of the movie (33 minute to the end), they are showing and commenting about a fruit they call "kumquat" which is in fact a "Physalis" also called "Cape Gooseberry", a fruit originally from Chile and Peru. A Kumquat is like a miniature orange, which can be eaten whole, or used in making marmalade. It has a very sharp flavour. A physalis has a paper-like husk like a tomatillo and is very sweet when ripe. See more »
It's now four years later and Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are offered another restaurant reviewing gig - this time in Italy, rather than England's Lake District. What qualifies them exactly, who knows, but the actors - and the semi-fictionalised characters they play - are pretty lucky. They get to stay in amazing hotels with fantastic views, drive around the beautiful Italian coast, drink quality local wine and try great-looking Italian cuisine. One thing's for sure - this film acts as much as an Italian tourism promotion as it does anything else! I certainly wouldn't mind visiting Naples now I've seen it...
Now much closer to 50 than 40, there's plenty of digs at each other, as this is basically a 'man-cation' where they try to see who's more famous/who has the bigger ego, as well as lots of postulating as to how (or if) they'll be remembered when they're gone. There's a tangent of following Lord Byron and Mary Shelley's personal history, that doesn't really go anywhere. If this and the Rob having a bit of a mid-life crisis/affair bits were left out, it would have been a much more streamlined and succinct film.
The whole point though is to watch these two interact and do their impressions, constantly trying to outdo each other. There's some truly great impressions, from Michael Caine (again), Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Hugh Grant, Woody Allen, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Pierce Bronsan and more. How accurate some of them are is uncanny, but watching Steve & Rob interact in character is often hilarious.
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