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.
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.com Andrew 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 York Joshua 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.
Time Richard 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 Times Manohla 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).
Variety John Anderson Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip is about 20 minutes too long, but the other 90 are among the funniest in recent memory.
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.