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The Trip to Spain (2017)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 11 August 2017 (USA)
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Actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Europe. This time they're in Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way.
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Credited cast:
Steve Coogan ... Steve
Rob Brydon ... Rob
Marta Barrio ... Yolanda
Claire Keelan ... Emma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Clegg Tom Clegg ... Busker
Justin Edwards ... UK Agent
Claudia Gonzalez Claudia Gonzalez
Rebecca Johnson ... Sally (Rob's Wife)
Timothy Leach Timothy Leach ... Joe
Kerry Shale ... Matt
Kyle Soller ... Jonathan
Margo Stilley ... Mischa
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Actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Europe. This time they're in Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way.

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Rob and Steve are back. Six meals in six different places on a road trip through Spain from the North Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast - visiting Cantabria, the Basque region, Aragon, Rioja, Castile La Mancha and ending in Andalucia. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Viagem a Espanha See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,875, 13 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,157,604, 26 October 2017
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Revolution Films See more »
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(IFC library print)

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon talk about the song "The Windmills of Your Mind" sung by Noel Harrison and it is played at the film's ending. A different version of this song by The King's Singers was played at the end of the final episode of Coogan's TV show, I'm Alan Partridge: Alan Wide Shut (2002), where Alan goes to see the unsold copies of his autobiography being pulped. See more »

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Steve says while at lunch that a version of 12 Years a Slave was made by HBO "about ten years ago". No such version exists but PBS did make a version in 1984 entitled Solomon Northup's Odyssey. See more »

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Rob: Do you know what the Welsh word for "Carrot" is?
Steve: No
Rob: Moron
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References The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) See more »

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composed by Michael Nyman
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Moore should be less
28 December 2017 | by bob-the-movie-manSee all my reviews

"The Trip to Spain" is the third in the series of 'culinery travelogue' TV programmes by Steve Coogan ("Philomena") and Rob Brydon ("Gavin and Stacey"). The pair travel by car through Spain sampling the local delicacies while constantly trying to self-salve their fragile egos and trying to out-do each other with comedy spiel. This is of course not a "documentary" as such, since the pair are playing up to their extreme alter-egos (presumably!) of what people expect them to be like. Actors playing their family, agents, etc. call them at various points on the trip to either pour oil on troubled waters or (more often) add fuel to the fire.

The six original half hour TV episodes have been edited down into a feature length journey. And this is part of the problem. Repetition that can be forgiven and forgotten about when you see an episode every week, but can become tiresome when forced on you as a continuous stream.

In this case the repetitive content delivered by Coogan and Brydon are their (normally very good) impersonations of famous stars (most of which it has to be said are British so won't resonate with a non-UK audience). Roger Moore in particular gets trotted out INTERMINABLY and while some of it is extremely funny - an exchange between Moore as Bond and Scaramanga had me snorting tea out of my nose - it all gets too much by the end.

Appearing to recognise this need for more variety, additional characters from Steve's team join them for a part of their trip - Emma (Clare Keelan) and Yolanda (Marta Barrio). Unfortunately, the additions are just plain dull: they just sit alongside Coogan and Brydon and laugh at their impressions, adding nothing. Now if they had been a couple of good female impersonators, like Ronni Ancona and Jan Ravens, that could act as a foil to the male duo, THAT would have been entertaining.

The film also suffers from "Top Gear Challenge" disease. The problem with filming a car journey through Spain is that you know there are not twenty film crews deployed along the route to do the filming.... all of the cameras are carefully set up in advance with someone on a walkie-talkie saying "OK, Steve - coffee down, we're ready for you to drive over the hill now". So something that should feel natural and documentary-like feels 100% the opposite.

So... if you like Coogan and Brydon, and especially if you liked their Northern England and Italy "trips", then you will get more laughs out of this one. But I think the concoction needs to be put through the blender and re-heated before it comes out for a fourth outing.

(For the full graphical review, please visit bob-the-movie-man.com).


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