The Guilt Trip (2012) Movie Review
Released : Dec. 19th, 2012
Reviewed : April 28th, 2013
Genre : Comedy
Story (from IMDB) :
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.
The Guilt Trip seemed to be doomed as a film that is pushed as a comedy but turns out to be more of a heart felt movie. It also didn’t help that it’s a bit below average anyway.
Story wise we have Andy Brewster played by Seth Rogen who is traveling cross country trying to pitch his new cleaning solution when after stopping at his moms house and learning a story about her early years decides to invite her on his trip with a hidden agenda for her. (On a side note that sentence I just did sounds like the premise for a horror movie). During the trip you get to see the decline of their mother / son relationship along with Andy’s numerous failures and rejections from his pitch. Unfortunately once you start to see the decline you can pretty much tell what will happen next. It hits all emotional points along with the uprising towards the end. The story itself doesn’t drag too much but once it gets going it quickly becomes nothing new.
Seth Rogan and Barbara Streisand make a good team thankfully though. It’s good to see Seth Rogen in not only a role where is isn’t depending on dirty jokes and vulgarity’s but also to see a role where shows some emotions every now and then. Streisand does well with just acting like a mom. She is annoying and outgoing with doing anything for her son and because of that they have good chemistry. They really are the only two characters in the movie though. Most other characters play little to no role without being memorable at all. So these two end up carrying the entire movie along.
It’s hard to really consider this a comedy because you might only laugh a view times throughout it. The previews make it out to be a road trip type comedy and while the story may have that in it, you can’t truly consider it a real comedic movie.
Overall there aren’t many people I can openly say I’d recommend this to. It’s not a bad movie by any means but while not being too funny or too memorable it falls into that spot where it will be soon become forgotten.