Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Guilt Trip Review - 3 Stars

“The Guilt Trip” adds a new wrinkle to the mismatched buddy formula—a mother and son make a cross country trip and wind up bonding because of or in spite of the experience.  Barbra Streisand plays the overbearing mother, Seth Rogan her nebbish son.  The trip happens because he has invented a new cleaning product and has several appointments to pitch his product at various corporate locations.   When he hears Babs discuss the man she loved before she married Seth’s father, Rogan proposes the trip with a secret plan of reuniting the two. Naturally mother and son cram themselves into an impossibly tiny Chevy.   She causes various problems but also helps in surprising ways.  And at movie’s end, his plan to find the one time love of her life results in sweet and unexpected surprise.  “The Guilt Trip” runs about 90 minutes.  Just think the parent/child version of the “Odd Couple” in a tiny car on the interstate and you’ve got it.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Mismatched mother son buddy comedy.  Is it entertaining?  Quite amusing. Is it worth the price of admission?  Good for a laugh.