The Trip to Italy
Director
Michael Winterbottom
Writer
Michael Winterbottom
Actors
Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner, Claire Keelan, Marta Barrio, Timothy Leach, Ronni Ancona, Rebecca Johnson, Alba Foncuberta Bufil, Flora Villani, Giuseppe Palmieri, Piero Aprea
Runtime
1 h 48 min
Release Date
24 April 2014
Genres
Comedy, Drama
Overview
Years after their successful restaurant review tour of Northern Britain, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are commissioned for a new tour in Italy.
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THE TRIP TO ITALY

Was planning a trip to Italy so watched this travelogue movie, The Trip to Italy, about two English/Welsh actors (Steve Coogan & Bob Brydon) traveling down the east coast of Italy (Liguria – Piemonte – Toscana – Roma – Campania). These two good friends find a reason to have someone pay for their trip to research an article. While traveling they are constantly performing for each other, constantly acting, constantly doing impersonations, dropping references from Byron & Shelley, to Alanis Morrissett (in the same sentence) to a wide range of movie references; Al Pacino, Garrison Keillor, Morrisey, Hugh Grant, Robert DeNiro, Julia Roberts, Michael Bublé, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, etc.

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To summarize the movie in chronological order: Talk, eat, drive, talk, eat, drive, sight-see, sail, recite poetry, eat & talk, sail, eat & drink, talk, sleep, drive, sight-see funeral sites, drive, eat, drive, sleep, eat, rehearse, drive to Rome, eat, talk all the time, touring graves & Pompeii, – you get the idea – that’s the first half of the movie. You do see quick shots of very expensive food being served and cooked, which amounts to a total of about 30 seconds in this travelogue movie.

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There are some fairly amusing discussions and you begin to get drawn into their humor, but then, quite suddenly you become bored and want to see where this is going – don’t expect it to go anywhere significant. I guess I should learn to eat like a British/Welsh whatever guy: Hold the knife in the right hand, the fork in the left hand, cut with the right hand, put the food in your mouth with the upside-down fork in your left hand. Put knife and fork down only when you drink wine.

 

 

 

The Biggest Spoiler: The Ending
The Trip to Italy, this travelogue movie, goes nowhere.  One of the white guy’s son comes to visit and the divorced dad wants to buy a house near the son, the other white guy wants to go back and sleep with the female sailboat crew member again, and then it ends.  Small point about wants and desires.  Jerry Seinfeld had a show where he went to coffee shops with other celebrities and talked about “things,” same idea – a bunch of high school dropouts explaining life to us – pointless.  Didn’t even help with the sightseeing plans.

 

Movie Details

Director
Michael Winterbottom
Writer
Michael Winterbottom
Actors
Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner, Claire Keelan, Marta Barrio, Timothy Leach, Ronni Ancona, Rebecca Johnson, Alba Foncuberta Bufil, Flora Villani, Giuseppe Palmieri, Piero Aprea
Runtime
1 h 48 min
Release Date
24 April 2014
Genres
Comedy, Drama
Overview
Years after their successful restaurant review tour of Northern Britain, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are commissioned for a new tour in Italy.

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