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The Trip

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip
Friday July 15th, 2011

The Trip is a hilarious mockumentary masterfully edited from a 6-episode 2010 BBC TV series featuring comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

We get an early hint of what's coming when Coogan reluctantly calls Brydon, an old acquaintance, and sullenly asks if he wants to accompany him on a junket for a magazine article he's going to write about restaurants in northern England. It's made pretty clear to Brydon that Coogan is only asking him as a last resort having failed to enlist anyone else and it sets the stage for their adversarial friendship.

As the 2 would-be culinary critics visit a series of bucolic inns we are treated to a feast of one-upmanship as the argumentative pair debate everything especially whose celebrity impressions are superior. They duel over imitations of Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Roger Moore et al. in front of bewildered waitresses and onlookers. There's a wonderfully funny scene in a cemetery where Coogan gets to eulogize Brydon.

Coogan and Brydon have great chemistry and complement each other perfectly: Coogan the handsome, suave, egotistical star with creeping insecurities and Brydon the tough, scrappy counter-puncher who isn't about to sit back and languish in Coogan's shadow.

The Trip is a smart, witty comedy and a pure pleasure from start to finish.