The Trip (2010 film)
US Theatrical Release Poster
|Directed by||Michael Winterbottom|
|Produced by||Andrew Eaton
|Editing by||Mags Arnold
Baby Cow Productions
|Distributed by||IFC Films (US)
Momentum Pictures (Canada)
Madman Entertainment (Australia)
|Running time||107 minutes|
The Trip is a British comedy film, edited from the BAFTA award-winning television sitcom series of the same name. The film stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised versions of themselves undertaking a restaurant tour of northern England. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010. The Trip is a follow-up to the 2006 film A Cock and Bull Story, which features the same fictional versions of Coogan and Brydon and is also directed by Michael Winterbottom.
Coogan and Brydon play fictionalised versions of themselves in a continuation of their performances in Michael Winterbottom's 2006 film, A Cock and Bull Story. In an interview with The Guardian, Steve Coogan said:
|“||[Winterbottom wanted] something more substantial based on what we felt when we did them, and all I could say was, 'Why do you want to do this? Why the hell do you want to do this? What is the interest?' And then he starts weaving in words like 'Coleridge', and slightly expanding on Rob's worldview. I don't think Rob actually has a worldview, but you know . . . his opinion on things.||”|
In an attempt to impress his American girlfriend, Mischa, actor Steve Coogan accepts a commission from the Sunday newspaper, The Observer, to undertake a tour of leading restaurants in the north of England for a column in their monthly food magazine. However, when Mischa, who was expected to accompany Coogan on the tour, insists that they take a break from their relationship and returns to America, Coogan is obliged to search for another companion. After finding that other friends are "busy", he decides with feelings of some ambivalence to invite his former colleague, Rob Brydon, with whom he shares an uneasily competitive relationship. In the course of the trip, they eat a series of gourmet meals and visit sites linked to the Romantic poets Coleridge and Wordsworth, Coogan has casual sex with a couple of women working at their hotels, and the two men indulge in various forms of one-upmanship, including exchanging impersonations of famous actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Sean Connery, Woody Allen and most notably Michael Caine. At the end of the trip, Brydon returns to a nondescript suburban home and his evidently loving wife and child, while Coogan comes back to a glamorous but lonely riverside apartment: the closing shots show him staring broodingly out of the window. In the end he calls back his agent to reject a deal for the lead role in a US drama to remain close with his family.
- Steve Coogan as himself
- Rob Brydon as himself
- Margo Stilley as Mischa
- Claire Keelan as Emma
- Paul Popplewell as Paul
- Rebecca Johnson as Sally
- Dolya Gavanski as Magda
- Kerry Shale as Steve's US Agent
- Ben Stiller as himself
The film has received a highly positive reaction from American critics. Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four. Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York gave the film five stars out of five and Ben Kenigsberg of Time Out Chicago gave the film four stars out of five. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times gave the film 90/100 (Metacritic). Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal gave the film 80/100 (Metacritic). Noel Murray, of The A.V. Club gave the film a B rating, saying that "there was no reason the film couldn't have been even funnier." John Anderson of Variety said, "viewers will barely stop laughing." Eric Kohn of IndieWire gave the film a B+. The film currently holds an 89% "fresh" review score on Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic gave the film an average score of 82/100 based on 33 reviews.
As of 1 September 2011 the film has grossed $1,926,866, of which $77,904 was on its opening weekend in the US.
It was confirmed in June 2013 that Winterbottom was filming a sequel, The Trip To Italy, with Coogan and Brydon reprising their roles and eating along the historical route of English Romantic poets through the country. It will be shown first as a new six episode series, which will then be edited into a film.
- "The Trip (2011) (2011)". Box Office Mojo. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
- Barton, Laura (26 October 2010). "Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan: 'We're not the big buddies people think we are'". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- Official website
- The Trip at the Internet Movie Database
- The Trip at Rotten Tomatoes
- BAFTA Interview with Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Andrew Eaton recorded at Latitude Festival 2011