The Trip (2010)

thetripI didn’t know much about The Trip before I watched it. I definitely thought it was a documentary following two funny dudes with accents. Maybe about 20 minutes in I realized this isn’t a documentary at all, it’s just a comedy where those two funny dudes school us on improvisation and happen to play themselves.

Steve Coogan is about to set out on a tour of Northern England’s fanciest restaurants, writing up his impressions for The Observer. He only took the job because his girlfriend, Mischa, likes that kind of shit. Unfortunately, Mischa likes that kind of shit more than she likes Coogan for the time being, and she hopped on a plane to NYC for some time apart. After going through what seems like all of his contacts, Coogan reluctantly calls his colleague (rival?) Rob Brydon, with whom he has an antagonistic relationship, and asks him to join him on the trip.

Brydon accepts, though he still isn’t quite sure why he even got the call – it’s been a while since he and Coogan have seen each other, and again, their friendship isn’t exactly the most stable relationship. Over many awkward, expensive dinners, the pair discuss their careers, their relationships, and fight over whose Michael Caine impression is better.

This may sound like a pointless flick; nothing but an opportunity for two comedians to showcase their ability to do impressions of just about anyone. But there’s actual weight to it; the two men definitely learn from each-other throughout their journey. It’s made all the more interesting by the fact that they play themselves and no doubt there’s real, competitive tension between the two of them.

This movie made me laugh out loud. A lot. And it also made me realize I can’t do a Michael Caine impression for shit. I was on board from pretty much the beginning, but when the two started singing and deconstructing the meaning behind ABBA’s The Winner Takes it All, I was a bowl full of jelly. If you are a fan of comedy in any remote way, I can’t see you not enjoying this movie. I’m very much looking forward to the next iteration of this dynamic duo; The Trip to Italy!



1 Response to “The Trip (2010)”

  1. 1 ladyfaceladyface
    January 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Oh man, I *LOVE* The Trip. It was a TV series in the UK. I didn’t know about the sequel–awesome!

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