R&A 14: The Trip to Italy

1 h 48 min  |  Love&Anarchy  |  Release Date: 18.9.2014

The dynamic duo of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for another highly entertaining round of travel and food porn in The Trip to Italy, a most welcome sequel to The Trip (HIFF 2011) that follows our intrepid armchair gastronomes on a carb-heavy tour of Italy from northern Piedmont to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast. Resolving not to fix what wasn’t broken, Michael Winterbottom once again gives free reign to his stars’ improvisational gifts, juxtaposed with heaping plates of fresh pasta and seafood, reflections on art and literature, and incessant celebrity vocal impressions.

Italy sticks to more or less the same template, opening with Coogan in Los Angeles (...) when Brydon rings to say that the Observer is keen on another round of travel pieces, Coogan initially demurs (...). But soon enough he relents and they’re off, winding through Piedmont in a rented Mini, whose malfunctioning iPod jack leads to one of the film’s best recurring gags: With only a single physical CD in their possession, the duo are forced to spend their entire journey listening (and periodically singing along) to Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill.

And once again, there are beautiful women in every port (...).

Scott Foundas, Variety

Language: English / Subtitles: Swedish


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