THE TRIP TO ITALY – A Review by John Strange

By: John ’Doc’ Strange
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner
MPAA Rating: NR
Selig Rating: Matinee
Runtime: 108 Min.
In The Trip (2010), Steve Coogan was hired by The Observer to travel around England, sampling the best restaurants and writing reviews.  When his girlfriend couldn’t go, he invited Rob Brydon to go with him.  In The Trip to Italy Rob approaches Steve to accompany him on a similar tasting tour of Italy.
Ensconced in a blue Mini Cooper, the two work their way through the country sampling amazing food and staying in gorgeous hotels and singing along with Alanis Morrisette CD’s.  Their adventures are fun to watch but the food and the stories are why you want to watch the movie.  Well, that and the horrible vocal impersonations that Rob is constantly doing.  They are so bad they are good.
This is the type of film that makes for a pleasurable evening with a date provided your plans include a meal afterwards.  I guarantee you will walk out of the film hungry!
The Selig Rating Scale:
FULL PRICE – Excellent movie, well worth the price
MATINEE – Good movie
DOLLAR – OK movie
CABLE – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
FREEBIE – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.
COMMERCIAL TV – Commercials and cutting to the allotted time will not hurt this one.
FORGET IT! – Bad. If you see this one, do yourself a favor and keep it to yourself.
GET YOUR TORCHES – BAD! – Burn the script, the writer, the director and maybe even the actors!