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- Director: Michael Winterbottom
- Release Date: June 2011
- Run Time: 107
- Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
This is a film about two real-life brit-wits on tour, for hire, in the North of England where they selfishly endure the comforts of travel through their lodging and meal experiences.
I experience Coogan and Brydon much the way I do when I watch Larry David in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. Larry is a twisted contradiction of success and humiliated male anti-hero who has trouble getting what he really wants from life. In “The Trip” we see the inner-Larry played out by two anti-heroes who humiliate one another but in separate bodies.
I don’t feel that you are with me yet on this take on a very funny film for the seasoned filmgoer who appreciates cinema and poetry. But if you happen to be one of the unschooled, if not entirely unshod, masses like me (I take my shoes off in the theater, hope you don’t mind!), then you will find the low-life douche-baggery of Coogan and Brydon trying to eat food they don’t like or, who get the routine of ordering the same thing in every restaurant as if it really is your job to do so, then you will completely dig this offbeat film.
What is it about successful has-been men that are funny when they are constantly being confronted by a reminder man who is unpolished but consistently so? You know, there is the aloof “Don’t you know who I am?” guy accompanied by the cheesy talk show guest who everybody recognizes but understands he couldn’t possibly be more important than the guy wearing that ascot. That’s what I mean. No one knows Larry David is a successful writer because they get blinded by the guy who is screaming at the parking valet over not having enough cash to pay his way into the lot. Of course, we don’t know who you are: you’re just a broke jerk with anger management problems.
Coogan and Brydon hit a home run (yes, American baseball metaphors to describe Brit-wits on tour is tacky and not apropos to a nation of cricket players- but you must admit, the irreverence fits once you see hear these guys trying to use Al Pacino lines to describe fine food and lodging.)
Curb your enthusiasm until you hear them describing the drink you love as “snot.” Know what I mean?