Due to the success of the first two trips to Northern England and Italy, the Guardian, this time in conjunction with the New York Times, asks Steve Coogan to write restaurant reviews from another week long trip, this time through Spain. Rob Brydon, Steve's companion on the other two trips, is already aware of the trip, and agrees to go in favoring it over the alternative. Beyond Steve's planned itinerary which will take them south through the center of the country to mirror a trip he did when he was eighteen, they will necessarily embark on some Don Quixote/ Sancho Panza escapades due in part to the current Terry Gilliam movie project on the pair. Like the other two trips, Steve and Rob are accompanied by a plethora of celebrities, from Mick Jagger to Michael Caine to Hugh Grant to a pair of Bonds in the form of their impersonations, but unlike those other two trips, both seem centered and grounded in all aspects of their lives. Rob is settled in his life as loving husband to Sally ...Written by
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Coogan doing some heart-stringing Oscar-bait with Judi Dench that brought him major accolades, it could only exist in the 'Trip' world. But it happened. When I saw that film I so knew he would go nonstop about it in the next one, and sure enough they milked it with great fun. How indulgent is all this though? Why go with Hopkins and Caine impressions again for the third time? Are they making fun of how people only go to sequels to see the same stuff over and over again? These inside jokes in a hall of mirrors, and any time it wears thin they quickly cycle through the next of five things: travel, food, impressions, family/career, uplifting music. Rinse repeat. Meaning there's no scenario the formula won't work since it always catches itself.
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