We all need a good laugh sometimes. The Trip (2010 - precursor to this film) gave me just that, so I'm confident I'll find it again.
The Trip to Italy
Writer/Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
1 hr. 47 min.
Synopsis: Rob and Steve are asked by The Observer to do another series of restaurant reviews. Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri.
Winterbottom trains his camera to capture the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed while keeping the film centered on the crackling chemistry between the two leads. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity.
4:45 MOVIE at the Cedar Lee Theatre - I'll hang out in the lobby until about 4:40. If you don't see anyone familiar, go ahead into the location it's showing in, and meet us afterwards near the outside theater entrance.
Parking: Paid Parking is 24 X 7, so bring quarters. Credit cards work in the garage. The back half of the parking lot is only 25 cents for 60 minutes. A free parking lot is on Edgewood road, one block west of Lee road at Cedar.
6:40 EATS/DRINKS/DISCUSSION Let's meet near the exit doors and walk a couple doors down Lee Road to Joey's Bistro, for something Italian.
If you miss the group, head on over to Joey's Bistro Bar, 2195 Lee Rd. 44118
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FIRST TIME MOVIEGOERS
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'I could watch Brydon and Coogan read the phone book, because they'd make it funny. In fact, watching them eat and riff is not far removed from reading a phone book; and it is very, very funny. A total delight from start to finish.' ~C.J. Johnson, ABC Radio, Australia
'It's difficult to imagine how anyone with even a mild affinity for dry English wit and ennui could be turned off by Brydon's and Coogan's sharp brand of self-aware, self-deprecating banter.' ~Andrew Crump, Movie Mezzanine