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The Guilt Trip- review

“The Guilt Trip” (2012)
Directed by Anne Fletcher
Starring Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen
Running Time 95 Minutes, Rated PG-13
2 Mitch’s out of 5
Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com

There’s a sad film occurrence that happens more than you think and “The Guilt Trip” suffers from it.  It’s never good when the funniest scene of a movie comes in the outtakes during the credits.  The only good laugh I got from this holiday snoozer is what seems to be an improv riff off during the end credits between the 70 year old screen legend Barbra Streisand and 30 year old funnyman Seth Rogen.  That was my only laugh, and I had to wait 95 minutes to get it.

Kind of a shame since Streisand and Rogen actually have a surprising amount of chemistry together.  It’s all for not with such a edgeless road trip script from Dan Fogelman, who just last year delivered the opposite with the brazenly hilarious and sweet “Crazy, Stupid, Love”.  “The Guilt Trip” has sweet moments thanks, in part, to Babs’ ability to be more than just an overly protective Jewish mother stereotype, but Fogelman and director Anne Fletcher spend little time trying to find where the humor is.  Fletcher, who directed the female friendly 27 Dresses and The Proposal, delivers more of the paint by numbers same.

When Seth Rogen’s Andy comes back east for a rare visit to his widowed mother Joyce, played by Streisand, she tells him a moving story of her first true love before his father came along.  Andy, who’s about to embark on a cross country road trip trying to sell his wholly organic cleaning product invention to the likes of K MART and Costco,  After hearing his mother’s story, is powered by guilt and invites his mother along.

Hilarity should ensue, but it doesn’t.  The half-inspired hijinx include Andy’s poor selling prowess, a stripper helping out in a snowstorm, running into Andy’s ex, and Joyce trying to eat a 50 ounce steak for a free meal.  

Rogen is wasted having to deliver goofy name gags such as, “This is Joyce Joyce-ton”.  This is one of those projects I imagine that it took less than a week before he realized that he made a very big mistake.  As for Streisand, why is this her first starring role in 15 years?  If it’s for the stunt casting of the two, then it is an epic fail.

Then “this” is an epic fail.

Proverbs 29:15

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Reader Comments (1)

Hi Mitch! Hope you had a great Christmas. Well, glad I skipped the advanced screening to this then :) Pls say hello to Suzanne!

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