“The Trip” Is Playing At The Towngate

 

The Towngate Cinema  will offer a limited engagement of the critically acclaimed film “The Trip” this weekend. The film is a comedy about two friends who travel around looking for the perfect restaurant, and it is supposed to be hilarious.

Showtimes for “The Trip” are on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, at 4, 7, and 9 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 and 4 p.m. The film is not rated, and its running time is 112 minutes. The following critical excerpts are from Metacritic.com.

San Francisco ChronicleMick LaSalle
 So it’s two guys traveling, eating and talking. Doesn’t sound like much. But it’s terrific. 
                       

Philadelphia Inquirer Steven Rea
It’s a relentless and relentlessly funny game of one-upmanship as the two men, playing somewhat exaggerated versions of themselves, roam the hills and dales, posh inns and poetic ruins of England’s Lake District. 
 

  

Salon.comAndrew O’Hehir
 Under the guise of being nothing more than a quasi-documentary about two comedians cutting up and scarfing gourmet cuisine, The Trip may be the wryest and most affecting of all the recent movies about middle-aged male angst.

Time Out New YorkJoshua Rothkopf
 
Quietly, though, this amuse-bouche of a setup (culled from six episodes of BBC television) blooms into a meal of majestic agony. Coogan and Brydon’s competitive bursts of celebrity impressions – Michael Caine comes in for special attention – take on a tone of clingy desperation, as does their jockeying for status in taunts of love, marriage and career.

Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman
 The Trip looks like a lark – and is – yet there’s a sneaky resonance to the way it celebrates what acting means to these two rogue cutups.

TimeRichard Corliss 
The Trip may have familiar elements – it’s pretty much “My Dinner With Andre” pinned to the plot of Alexander Payne’s “Sideways” – but the badinage provides an immediate and lasting kick, as well as the spectacle of two champion combatants at the top of their game.

The New York TimesManohla Dargis
 As in many road movies, the trip becomes an occasion for philosophizing, a journey inward and out as the men joust and parry, improvising and entertaining each other, at times by imitating, hilariously, someone else (Michael Caine, Sean Connery).

VarietyJohn Anderson
 Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip is about 20 minutes too long, but the other 90 are among the funniest in recent memory. 
    

Austin ChronicleKimberley Jones
 Screamingly funny. Like I said, terrific stuff.

St. Louis Post-DispatchJoe Williams
When the two men compare impersonations of Michael Caine or Sean Connery, Brydon’s version is always slightly better – and Coogan knows it.

Washington Post Ann Hornaday
 Have you ever been trapped in the back seat of a car while the old married couple up front bickers and banters for hours? It’s either sheer torture or, if the couple happens to be Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, wildly entertaining. 
            

Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips
 The Trip isn’t much, but it’s more than enough.

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