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  • May 11, 2014
    Amazingly this film is based on a real life experience which one of the writers had with his own mother on a road trip. Whether this actually makes the film any more interesting is up to you, personally for me it doesn't but the whole idea is very relatable.

    My first thought was... read God! has someone actually seen me and my own mother out together one day and thought the embarrassing scenario would make a good comedy?. But in all honesty I'm sure there are many many people who could say the exact same thing.

    The plot is simple, in fact its 'Planes Trains and Automobiles' just slightly altered, there's even a steak eating contest sequence. 'Brewster' and his very overbearing mother love each other but like all young adults and their parents there is friction. In this very sappy yet heart warming tale Seth Rogen's character takes his mother on a long road trip across the US from the East coast to Vegas and finally San Francisco for another small separate sub plot. Why? because he's trying to sell his new environmentally friendly cleaning product...annnd that's it in a nutshell.

    In all honesty this film is very sweet and very weepy but ultimately its also very cliched and unoriginal.  Streisand is clearly the best thing about the film with her typical Jewish mother routine. Always trying to feed Rogen's character, always asking if he's warm enough, always telling him to be careful and generally being nosy, awkwardly embarrassing and annoying at just the wrong times just like all mothers can be.

    The plot is really really thin and offers little chances for fun apart from the obvious odd moment before a sales pitch. In general the start of the film is probably the best, as Rogen gets off his flight and meets Streisand at the airport, that sequence made me laugh, at that point I'm thinking this could be a winner. But the whole thing is pretty daft, would you really drive across the US to make sales? surely the gas would cost a fortune? maybe not I dunno.

    Also the whole sub plot bit about Streisand's character trying to meet up with this guy she dated waaaay back before she had her child (Rogen's character), is ridiculous. She is hinging on the fact this guy would remember her and somehow want to get back together! after about...I dunno, 30-40 years or so! as if!. They only had a fling, if that, this idea felt really stretched.

    The film wants to be funny, its so clearly wants to be the next big hilarious comedy, but it falls well well short. There are some easy opportunities for great comedy, both Rogen and Streisand being cooped up together for the whole trip in this tiny compact city car. Its yearning for some brilliant visual moments but they just don't come, even when they both go into a strip club, you're watching and waiting for the obvious embarrassing belly laughs...but no, still nothing.

    Its a shame because its heart is in the right place and the premise is a good one (if completely over used), there's just very little to laugh at here. The film runs out of comedy fuel well before the end credits I'm afraid, but the chances were there.
  • April 20, 2014
    Joyce Brewster: Don't you see Andy? It was always you. You're the love of my life baby.

    "Get Ready For One Mother Of A Road Trip"

    I didn't expect anything much from The Guilt Trip, but I never expected as lousy a movie as I got. You'd think Streisand and Rogen as a mother and s... read moreon combo would make the movie go down easier, but the awful and extremely cliche writing makes that impossible. In the end, this is one of the worst comedies I've seen in awhile. The jokes don't really ever work, and the two or three times they actually do, the payoff results in just a little chuckle. 

    Andy is a scientist who has a new invention he is attempting to sell to major corporate retail chains. When he goes and visits his mother for a weekend before he goes on a week long, cross country road trip for several meetings; things change when he asks his mother to come along. From there, there's the usual road trip problems and mother, son quarrels. It's all quite bland and lifeless. 

    The Guilt Trip is definitely one to pass on and that's coming from someone who is a big fan of Seth Rogen. This comedy is weak from start to finish however, and about twenty minutes in, I realized, I already didn't care about any of the characters or what was to happen later in the movie. It ended up just being a big waste of time.
  • January 9, 2014
    A road trip involving a Man and his nagging Jewish Mother. No, I wasn't rushing to the cinema to see this but I caught it on DVD anyway just to see and I'm glad I did. The story sounded rubbish and when a film poster just has 'Hilarious' written on it it generally acts as a warni... read moreng sign. Indeed, the film isn't 'Hilarious' but it is quite a touching drama, albeit with fleeting moments of humour but a drama at its core. Poor post production and publicity has claimed another victim. No matter how good or bad a film is, if you package it incorrectly people will dismiss it. Funny how that is a lesson taught in the film itself! Doh!
  • December 28, 2013
    I thought that this movie was sweet....maybe it helps that I have always been a Barbra Streisand fan. Pairing her with Rogen was a good match, and together they manage a touching portrayal of a mother-son relationship. Their road trip together was delightful, and the storyline wa... read mores enjoyable.
  • August 8, 2013
    I was very disappointed in this movie, as the previews were better then the movie, its a shame when you have to show all the comedy in the preview's to draw a sucker like me in to watch the whole movie. I will say that Barbra Streisand still has it after all these years, but a tr... read moreue New Yorker with her New Yorker accent reminded me of my Mother- In- Law. Sorry Barbra you only get 2 stars from me. 7-15-13
  • June 12, 2013
    Not as bad as I thought it would be. It has it's drawn out parts, but makes you understand the mother/son relationship and think about your relationship with your parents.
  • May 24, 2013
    three stars
  • May 20, 2013
    Get ready for one mother of a road trip.

    Boring so so movie! Unfortunately, the makers of Guilt Trip appear to believe that a movie requires a plot, and sadly, this one was clunky. For a comedy film to work, you either have to completely put reality aside, or somehow believe an ... read moreunbelievable story. This film didn't fall into either category. The plot just wasn't strong enough to support the premise that any son would be crazy enough to take his mother on a long business trip with him, and there was no reason why he kept bringing her to all his business appointments. This could have been a much better film if the script was better, but I was disappointed. Don't go see this film unless you are a Barbra Streisand fan.

    As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride.
  • May 18, 2013
    It's really sad when movies like this get made, because when the script is so seemingly flawed, you have to know in advance that it's not going to go anywhere, so why make it? It has the sentimentality that everyone likes to see, and the chemistry between the two leads, but even ... read morewith a stellar cast, the writing for this is not good. Not horrible, scratching at my corneas and pushing the Q-tip through my eardrum bad, but not good either. This film is in part based on the real life road trip taken by screenwriter Dan Fogelman and his mother. The comedy has hints of the Jewish mother-son comedy where the mother nitpicks everything about her son until he implodes. It may not be a genre but it's definitely been seen before, and though the most Jewish-centric leads were chosen, and had an amazing amount of chemistry, this film was doomed from the start. The dialogue is so flimsy, there aren't any huge climactic moments, and most of the time Joyce (Streisand) is schmaltzy and ineffectual while Andrew (Rogen) comes off as a weak and socially awkward mama's boy. After a while Joyce's nagging feels genuine and heartless, and their relationship never gets to the point of sweet or maternal, but instead a strange dissidence between having a real life and ruining your only child's. It's really creepy the way she watches old videos of them, buys him things, talks about him all the time, butts into his life. He then has to love her for all her faults, time and again, when really she needs major therapy. Even the trip itself is boring, between the lack of things actually happening and their horrible relationship. The resolutions are forced, the characters are flat, and overall this film is simply frustrating and bland. The ending, which was also forced sentimentality, was somewhat clever, but didn't have any of the raw emotion that would have made it moving. I'm not even mad, I'm just very disappointed.
  • May 8, 2013
    The Guilt Trip is a poorly constructed comedy that lacks effective comedy to really make it a fun, entertaining movie. I really wanted to enjoy this film, but I was very much disappointed. The film is an awful comedy that just falls short on every level. The cast is wasted on poo... read morer material and they simply don't deliver anything worthwhile that would a comedy fun to watch. Everything here seems strained, uninspired and Seth Rogen is bland in his performance and he just isn't funny here. I really hated the film, and Barbra Streisand, who normally makes me smile, is just not interesting to watch. If only the script would have been much better, then this one would work. Unfortunately it doesn't and this is one of the worst comedies that I have seen in recent times. This is just a missed opportunity to create something great. The film cuts and pastes bits and pieces from other films that are much better. If you come across this film, it definitely isn't worth checking out. There are better comedies out there, and Seth Rogen has made far better films than this unwatchable train wreck. Along with Identity Thief, The Guilt Trip just doesn't deliver the laughs that you'd want from a movie with two talented comedians. Pass this one up; you'll be glad you did. This is a laugh free comedy that simply doesn't accomplish what it tries to do. All we have here is a film that wastes its actors on a pitiful script. If there could have been a bit more effort into writing a good script, The Guilt Trip would have been a fun and entertaining comedy, but in the end, it's an awful disappointment.

Critic Reviews

Joe Morgenstern
December 21, 2012
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Andrew [Rogen], who has invented an organic cleaning compound, pitches it to retailers in a succession of meetings across the country that have no grounding in any known reality. Full Review

Peter Rainer
December 21, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

The Guilt Trip pairs Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in the hope, no doubt, that sparks will fly. They don't. Full Review

J. R. Jones
December 21, 2012
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Rogen and Streisand are reasonably funny together, though Rogen, always best when he's angry, is crowded into the role of a well-mannered straight man. Full Review

James Adams
December 21, 2012
James Adams, Globe and Mail

To its detriment, The Guilt Trip opts to work gently on the heart rather than hard on the funny bone. Full Review

Richard Roeper
December 20, 2012
Richard Roeper, Richard

A breezy, funny and warm road-trip comedy. Full Review

Connie Ogle
December 20, 2012
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

The Guilt Trip is clearly targeted at older audiences less than receptive to the crude jokes that made Seth Rogen famous. Full Review

Randy Cordova
December 20, 2012
Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic

It zigs when you expect it to zag. It's perceptive and thoughtful as it swerves around potholes that easily could have broken an axle. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
December 20, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

It takes more than a few wrong turns. And once you've reached the end, you have no urge to ever do it again. Full Review

Nathan Rabin
December 19, 2012
Nathan Rabin, AV Club

While Streisand and Rogen's relationship is smartly, affectionately drawn, just about every other element of the movie feels perfunctory ... Full Review

James Berardinelli
December 19, 2012
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

[It] doesn't take every predictable detour, but it takes enough that the movie never ceases to feel overly familiar. Full Review

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    • Joyce Brewster: I want the salad dressin' on the side... it's a weight watchers thing.
    • Joyce Brewster: If all the kids in the world were lined up and I was to pick one kid for myself Andy, it will always be you.
    • Andy Brewster: I wouldn't let you pick anyone else mom.
    • Joyce Brewster: Don't you see Andy? It was always you. You're the love of my life baby.
    • Joyce Brewster: You ungrateful little shit.
    • Joyce Brewster: Who the hell are you?
    • Andy Brewster: Mom, you're in the wrong car!
    • Joyce Brewster: You want to drive to drive cross country with me?
    • Andy Brewster: Yeah! No!

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