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'The Trip' review: A funny buddy excursion that could lose 20 minutes
'The Trip' review: A funny buddy excursion that could lose 20 minutes

*** (out of four) An English newspaper hires actor Steve Coogan to review elegant, middle-of-nowhere restaurants, even though his version of culinary analysis is trying tomato soup and commenting, “It tastes of tomatoes.” Joining Coogan, who's worried both his career and relationship with an American woman have stalled, is his longtime friend Rob Brydon, a gifted impressionist who only spends about half his life talking in his own voice. The buzz: No worries if you know nothing about high-end food; Coogan and Brydon take zero notice of the beautiful presentations in front of them. For this scripted, documentary-style road movie, the pair re-team with director Michael...

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