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The Trip To Italy: Is It Worth Your Money?

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Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri.

Trip-to-Italy

 

The Trip to Italy (2014)
Directed and Written by: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon

The Trip to Italy and it’s prequel The Trip were British miniseries’ that were edited down into feature films. They both include fictional versions of the very real comedians Steve Coogan, and Rob Brydon.  I’ve come to the conclusion that these guys are simply the sophisticated British version of Cheech and Chong.

Telling you whether or not The Trip to Italy is worth your money is not an easy task at all. This movie isn’t for everyone. If you’re not a fan of british humor, pop culture  references, or loose plots, you may not like it. When I break it down in my head, I want to say that I didn’t like this movie myself, but I did. I honestly did, and I’ll tell you why:

Despite having almost no real plot at all, this movie manages to be entertaining nearly the whole way through. It is literally just a series of hilarious conversations full of impressions held over fancy meals in Italy. In fact, the little bits of story line are there to seemingly make you dislike Steve and Rob, while their conversations make them lovable. It’s almost like their humor absolves them of their blatant character defects [much like real life].  This movie has one of the most realistic representations of a protagonist I’ve ever seen.

If you’ve seen the original The Trip, you should expect a very similar movie. I must say that The Trip to Italy focuses a lot less on the food itself, and has a lot less contention between the characters. Other than that, a large portion of the movie is simply rehashing and moderately updating the original.  Besides the story, another huge difference between the two films is the cinematography. With relatively new cinematographer James Clarke, The Trip to Italy manages to have much more vivid colors, and far friendlier lighting. I’m sure much of that has to do with the differences in budgets.

I’d say unless you have a classy date, I’d wait to see this movie until it plays on IFC or inevitably winds up on Netflix. It’s just not worth theater money. It would however be great for a late night watch on your couch.

If you like the The Trip, Curb Your Enthusiasm, making fun of people who end sentences with prepositions, and hated the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, you’ll most likely love The Trip To Italy.

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