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The Trip to Italy

Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 British TV series-turned-feature-film, The Trip, had comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing variations on their own public personas as they went on a restaurant tour of northern England. In this hilarious and incisive follow-up, the director has reunited the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and, thankfully, more impersonation battle-royales. On assignment by The Observer to write about some high-end restaurants and historical sites along the Italian peninsula, Rob enlists the on-hiatus-from-Hollywood Steve to join him on this new journey. So off they go in a rented Mini-Cooper, enjoying mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as the latest Batman flick, the artistic merits of Alanis Morissette, and of course, the virtue of sequels. As the camera captures the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed, THE TRIP TO ITALY effortlessly mines the chemistry and brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon. Thankfully, we’re all along for the ride.

UK | ITALY, 2014, In English, 107 min, Rated R, Directed by Michael Winterbottom

“****(Four Stars!) Brings [its] share of luscious, plated delights.”

– TIME OUT NEW YORK

“BRILLIANT. ‘The Trip to Italy’ is the ‘Godfather 2’ of road movies.”

– THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Coogan, Brydon and Winterbottom journey to the Mediterranean in this warmly enjoyable continuation of their improvised cultural and culinary adventures.”

– Scott Foundas, VARIETY

“British comedians and dueling partners Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back in this witty and incisive follow-up to ‘The Trip’.”

– Colin Covert, MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

“Brilliantly funny…a hilarious and touching road movie…made me sputter out loud with laughter.”

– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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