“The Trip,” the movie-fied version of Michael Winterbottom’s psuedo-documentary BBC series, follows actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they have a weeklong jaunt through the British countryside.
The premise: Coogan’s personal life is a shambles. He’s not content with his bit-part acting career–in a bit of irony, he’s holding out for Ben Stiller to offer him a giant part in a Hollywood film–, his way-too-hot-for-him girlfriend has returned to the States to follow her journalism career, and now he’s saddled with writing an article about five-star foodie hotspots. So as not to get too lonely in his quest for delicate amuse-bouche and finely seared scallops, Coogan drags Hugh Grant’s hotter younger non-brother along (Brydon) for the ride.
Coogan and Brydon, playing caricatures of themselves, riff off each other naturally, and some of the best parts come about when the two improv. And if you’re looking for an overdose of Michael Caine and Sean Connery impressions, look no further.
Until the movie is released in theaters, the SFIFF folks have told us we can’t say much more. But if you haven’t seen “The Trip” in its TV series form, this flick is an enjoyable ride.
“The Trip” repeats tonight at 6:45pm the Kabuki.