Director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People) has a keen eye for on-screen chemistry; he must have seen his friends Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon bantering and thought, "I have to put this on film." He did, and the result is magic. Most movie vehicles' flimsy plots weigh down the charismatic stars being showcased: 'The Trip' succeeds *because* of the inconsequential plot: Coogan and Brydon's largely improvised scenes reveal how best friends can despise, love & secretly envy each other at once.
If you are looking for a film highlighting Italy's food...this is not it. Yes, you will see some scrumptious looking dishes being served at the table, and hear an occasional ecstatic moan signaling its virtue, however, neither the food, its preparation, or its inspiration is mentioned at all in this film. If you are looking for a film about Italy's stunning Amalfi Coast, its history, or traditions...this is not it. Yes, there are plenty of breathtaking panoramas of ocean side villages ablaze with color. However, their only purpose is to serve as eye candy as we are forced to watch 2 supposed friends waste their time trying to one up each other with their celebrity impersonations. If you like the idea of 2 college roommates now in their 40's, traveling together across the Italian seaside revealing only how desperate and meaningless their lives have become...this is the movie to watch.
Perhaps it's because we're Americans, but this was the DUMBEST movie ever. It's just two old British guys driving through Italy doing unrecognizable impressions of unknown actors rather than appreciating the fact that they are in a gorgeous country and eating incredible food. They don't even acknowledge what city they are in or what food they are eating. For 1 hour and 48 minutes we watched (what I'm assuming are popular actors from....who knows, Scotland? The UK? They kept doing stupid accents so it was hard to track when they were themselves or when they were attempting impersonations) two boring men drive in a tiny car and sit at fabulous restaurants while talking about literally NOTHING. No mention of the food or the locale, just odd impressions and adultery. Don't waste your time or money.