Sunday, December 23, 2012

HE GUILT TRIP - the road less taken

Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand. Sounds like a film for the ages. Indeed it is—ages 45 and over only. 

The story follows Rogen in his late twenties whom is down on his luck as a salesman. He went to school as chemist and has created an organic cleaning product with a silly title which he now tries to sell to large companies. His mom, Streisand, plays your average lonely, single house mom who has nothing better to do than bother her son. They meet up and she divulges a sexy secret about the origin of his birth name which in turn compels Rogen to electronically seek out this man of mystery in hopes of a possible reunion. Maybe to get his mom off his back? A road trip ensues with lots of geriatric anachronistic humor. 

I will say that I'm sure my own mom would like this movie especially the part when she tells her son that he's a shit and to drink the fucking water. I believe the humor was poor and the message hackneyed in the extreme but I couldn't help viewing it without my own maternal sensibilities challenged. The Guilt Trip does contain a tear inducing moment near the end and a number of intermittent scenes of poignancy, yet be that as it may, I would only recommend this movie to unhappy mothers with happily distant sons. 

Recommended Viewing: Take This Waltz - Funny People - What's Up Doc?

              Bob Scale: The Critic: 3.5   -   The Fan: 4.4
             MetaCritic: 51
 Rotten Tomatoes: 37
                    IMDB: 5.6

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