01 June 2013

Weekend Cooking: The Trip (Film)

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When I spotted the mockumentary The Trip on several lists of recommended movies for food lovers, I knew I had to give it a try. Apparently the movie started out as a six-part spoof for British television and was reedited into feature film length for U.S. audiences.

Impressionists, comedic actors, and friends Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon partner up in this road tip movie in which the pair set off on a week-long journey to the north of England to eat the best that the region has to offer. Between the scenes of wonderful dishes (especially scallops, Rob's perennial choice), the two banter, laugh, and argue as only two close friends can.

The impersonation competition between Steve and Rob had both Mr. BFR and I laughing throughout the movie. The quick glimpses into the restaurant kitchens and the beautifully presented meals take second seat to the men's relationship and their personal lives. Although quite funny at times, there is also a more serious side to The Trip, as the friends discuss middle age, fatherhood, and their careers.

Most impressive is that the film is (I believe) completely improvisation, from the running gags of spotty cell reception and problems with the hotel reservations to the more poignant moments. I had never heard of Coogan and Brydon before, but I'm going to keep them on my radar.


jama 6/1/13, 6:07 AM  

This sounds delightful. Perfect for summer viewing now that the TV reruns have arrived. Thanks for the heads up :)!

Beth S. 6/1/13, 7:00 AM  

A movie about a roadtrip and eating at restaurants? Sounds like my kind of movie! :)

Uniflame 6/1/13, 7:59 AM  

This might be funny to watch some time :) Thanks for sharing :)

Heather 6/1/13, 8:42 AM  

at first it didn't appeal to me but then I watched the trailer and now I want to find a copy, now. Thanks for the heads up.

Janel Gradowski 6/1/13, 9:22 AM  

What an interesting discovery. I'm not much of a film buff, but I would like to see this one.

Tina 6/1/13, 9:32 AM  

This is going into my Netflix list right away. We have been enjoying some British comedies recently, Reggie Perrin has been the latest.

Will let you know how I like it after viewing. Thanks for the good review!

JoAnn 6/1/13, 1:07 PM  

I've never heard of this one! It sounds like a move both my husband and I would enjoy... adding to my Netflix queue.

Carole 6/1/13, 4:35 PM  

I am definitely going to get my hands on this one. Thanks

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 6/2/13, 6:02 AM  

That would be a good list...Best Foodie Movies! Thanks for sharing this one.

Sue Jackson 6/2/13, 10:23 AM  

The movie sounds great! I've never heard of it before but am adding it to my list of movies I want to see. Thanks for the tip!


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Cecelia 6/2/13, 12:51 PM  

This sounds like a great film to gather my friends for - and I'm thinking a dinner party beforehand? I can see us having a lovely summer night. Great recommendation!

Heather Webb 6/2/13, 5:32 PM  

OH goodie! Another food film. I just skipped over to Netflix and added it to my list. I may watch it tonight, actually. Thanks for the rec!

Peaceful Reader 6/2/13, 9:54 PM  

I need to spend a whole day of summer vacation just watching your foodie movie choices!

With all the rain we've had while in school I would love to have a rainy movie day with some freshly popped popcorn.

Daryl 6/3/13, 6:40 AM  

sharing our brunch

Melissa (Avid Reader) 6/3/13, 3:28 PM  

I watched this a couple months ago and was expecting it to be funny, but like you said, it has a serious side too.

Julie P. 6/10/13, 10:05 AM  

This one is totally new to me but sounds like we might enjoy it.

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