The Trip to Italy
Autumn 2014 Features series
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 4:00pm
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 7:00pm
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Screenplay by Michael Winterbottom
Starring Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio, and Steve Coogan
Rated NR ·
The Trip to Italy
Last seen together touring the culinary circuit of Northern England’s Lake District in Film Circuit favourite The Trip, the dynamic duo of Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon (Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) return for seconds in Michael Winterbottom’s much-anticipated sequel, trading drab-grey British skies for the glorious Italian coastline.
When London’s Observer once again commissions Coogan to write a series of restaurant reviews, the egotistical would-be superstar rounds up his cheerful friend/nemesis Brydon and sets out for la bella Italia. Partly retracing the steps of the great Romantic poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, the pals pile in to a quintessentially Italian Mini and take off from northern Piemonte, making a stop in Liguria and then heading south to Capri and the sun-dappled Amalfi Coast. Along the way, between bites of succulent seafood and mounds of pasta, the pair riff on everything from Alanis Morissette and Batman to family and the realities of middle age. And as they did on their first Trip, these gifted mimics offer a repertoire of wickedly, hilariously accurate celebrity impersonations.
A savoury mixture of character comedy, spectacular landscapes and unabashed food porn, The Trip to Italy is marvellous, witty fun with something for everyone.
“As funny as the first go-round, more beautiful to look at, and better conceived.” (John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter)
“Now and then, Winterbottom nudges the movie in the direction of narrative… But even when it’s just ambling about, The Trip to Italy casts a warm, enveloping spell.” (Scott Foundas, Variety)