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:: The Trip

Two funny guys, one car, several days on the road, all add up to a really entertaining and charming film called The Trip. British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon improvise versions of themselves on a road trip through the rolling hills of the English Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. The purpose of the trip is to review restaurants along the way. Rob Brydon is coerced to go along when Steve Coogan’s girlfriend Mischa (Margo Stilley), who knows a whole lot more about fine food, than the guys do, cancels at the last-minute.

The Trip is incredibly low-key, yet non-stop funny. The two men banter and bicker from beginning to end and are constantly trying to outdo the other in terms of who does better celebrity impersonations. Most of the film is just back and forth banter between the two British comedians. They compare their Michael Caine impressions and they are amazingly spot on. They also try out Anthony Hopkins, Ian McKellan, Roger Moore, and a host of others. Intercut between these impressions and other comedic diatribes is a deeper and more personal story. With beautiful scenery, likable and quirky travel mates, watching The Trip is like going on a short holiday without having to deal with the driving or expense. Filmmaker Michael Winterbottom got it right deciding to take a trip with these two lads. The Trip might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but those who appreciate British humour, especially Coogan and Brydon fans, will not be disappointed.

DVD Extras

Theatrical trailer
“Costume Drama” rehearsals
Deleted scenes