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posted Dec 21, 2012 - 5:50:03pm
The holiday season finally has brought us a film that sons have no excuse not to see with their mothers, and now that I’ve written that, you’re all going to be getting phone calls in about five minutes.
Not only is The Guilt Trip a movie that fills in the niche of holiday-season-comedy-not-focused-on-holidays, but it also seems to be banking on the fact that it can appeal to two generations by casting a film icon from each of those generations – Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen – opposite of each other. It’s a risky all-or-nothing approach trying to cast so wide a net, but that's the only thing risky about The Guilt Trip. Otherwise, it's a tried-and-true formula that plays it safe.
In what might be the oddest buddy comedy in film history (excluding the one with Tom Hanks and that dog), Streisand and Rogen come together to form a surprisingly dynamic duo. The two play mother and son, and circumstances find them traveling across the country. This, of course, leads to plenty of little scenes in which the two shoot one-liners back and forth.
Popcorn represents how fun a film is to watch—how funny it is, how exciting the special effects are, and how enjoyable the story is on repeated viewings. The perfect popcorn movie would be one that never got stale regardless of how many times you’ve seen it.
The Guilt Trip is a predictable little flick, and it gets almost painfully so toward the end. The emotional climax is not exactly a nail-biter. However, it does what it’s meant to do – it creates an awkward but touching, not to mention hilarious, atmosphere – and it’s probably one of the best films this year at doing it.
It’s not a Disney movie that grown men will roll their eyes at, and it’s not a gross-out comedy that will make mothers squirm with discomfort and disappointment. It’s probably the perfect date movie for young men and their moms, which means it’s worth it for the brownie points alone to check out this one. It’s neither star's best work, but that’s to be expected for this type of movie. Luckily, this is a perfect middle-of-the-road film.
Stars & Popcorn grade: 2 1/2 stars, 3 popcorn
— Born and raised in the sunshine state, Patrick grew up loving movies. He’s currently attending the University of Central Florida and is a Cinema Studies major. Along with being the president of Stars and Popcorn, he’s a player in the independent comics scene.
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