The Guilt Trip
How is it that two gifted comedians like Seth Rogen and Barbra Steisand end up in a mostly unfunny affair in "The Guilt Trip"? These two actors, who have appeared in much better material, are not to blame. It's the dreaded road trip plot that bogs the film down in overfamiliarity.
The first half-hour setup of "The Guilt Trip" shows promise: Andy (Rogen) is a traveling salesman that stops on his way to visit his mother Joyce (Streisand). With a promising opening sequence featuring Babs leaving her son an overabundance of voicemails, the film then sinks to the level of Hallmark movies.
Once the two hop in a car on their 3000-mile journey, they get on our nerves for the remaining hour. Too many scenes focus on Rogen's sales pitches to various clients instead of developing any comedic tension between him and Streisand. There are also needless subplots about ex-loves of both characters.
"The Guilt Trip" is based on screenwriter Dan Fogelman's real life road trip with his mother.
Babs, who rarely makes a film appearance these days, is still like two sticks of butter. Not only is she the film's highlight, but also she's a hoot in the Blu-ray's numerous special features (clocking in at over an hour). These include:
"Barbra & Seth"
"Guilt Trip: A Real Mother of a Road Trip"
"In the Driver's Seat"
"Not Really a Road Trip Movie"
10 Deleted Scenes
"The Guilt Trip"