The Trip, directed by Michael Winterbottom, and starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as themselves, has a foolproof structure. The structure is based on a BBC tv series in which the two characters take a restaurant tour of northern England. Each episode features a new location. Originally suggested by Steve’s girlfriend, who has since backed off such a romantic journey, the trip takes the two men into and out of luxurious accommodations, gorgeous scenery, and tantalizing versions of sauteed scallops.
We learn how close the men are by how well they accommodate each other through bouts of talkativeness, recitations of Wordsworth, singing, and imitations of actors, mostly British, which are hilarious.
It’s a road movie, a buddy movie, a food movie, and a story about family and loneliness. I am so grateful not to have to see a Judd Apatow movie in order to have a belly laugh!