The Guilt Trip (2012)

The Guilt Trip (2012)
  • Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Anne Fletcher
  • Cast: Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, Yvonne Strahovski


As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom’s house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride.

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  • A mother’s affection is a wonderful thing, and sometimes it can become overbearing. Andy Brewster knows this far too well. As he packs his things in preparation for his trip, he presses “Play” on his phone message machine, and no less than 6 recordings have been left by his mother Joyce. “Do you need and underwear? Bring a coat! Are you drinking enough water?” and many other maternal warnings are crammed into his machine. When he does arrive to her house, the constant questions do not relent, but he responds in good humor, and he really sees that it’s just because she loves him so much. As a single woman ever since her husband’s death, she has always felt like she needed to be everything for her little boy; the only problem is that her son is now in his late twenties, and she still treats him like he’s in junior high.
    Once the questions end, Andy tells his mother about his new invention; a cleaning spray that is made of entirely natural products, which makes it far safer than the other guys. Now that his product has been manufactured, he is set to travel across the country meeting with stores in hopes of selling it.
    Soon the conversation turns to Joyce’s life. She is stuck in the same routine of book clubs, going to the GAP, and eating her M&Ms before bed. Unable to find a man that she feels comfortable around, she simply has nowhere to turn her affection to besides Andy. Joyce tells her son a story about an old flame she had back when she was in college, and how the man told her to marry Andy’s father rather than him. Seeing his mother’s necessity for love, Andy invites her on his road-trip, secretly making their last stop at the home of Joyce’s old flame.

    I remember seeing the commercials for this movie a few years ago. It looked like kind of an odd movie, and I just figured that it would be something I’d dislike. Years later, I found it on the instant queue of Netflix, and my family and I decided to give it a try. Much to my surprise, I actually quite enjoyed it! Seth Rogen is perfect at capturing the childish dopiness that is needed to play the part of Andy, and Barbara Streisand is actually very good at playing the overly loving mother Joyce. After the film ended, I looked at the IMDb page for the film just to read the trivia and such. On the awards section, I was greatly astonished to find that Streisand was nominated for a Razzie, which is awarded to the worst actor or actress of the year. I think that the critics didn’t understand that Joyce is supposed to be annoying and is meant to be painful to watch.
    Now many of you may be thinking: Seth Rogen is inappropriate, crude, and just plain idiotic. Though I must agree in some of his other movies, I found him to be great in this role. The jokes don’t fly too far off of the rails, and he simply turned in a great performance!
    Maybe I just liked this because of the way it somewhat reminds me of my mother (though Joyce is far more embarrassing than my own mom), or maybe I just was in an optimistic mood, but I liked this film.

    It’s not exactly a fine piece of cinema, and it does take an open mind to enjoy.

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