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Blu-ray review: “The Guilt Trip”

Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen make a convincing and charming mother-son duo in the warmly funny road comedy.
Oklahoman Published: April 26, 2013

‘The Guilt Trip'

Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen make a convincing and charming mother-son duo in the warmly funny road comedy “The Guilt Trip.”

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) based the script on a real-life cross-country trip he took with his mother, which gives the film a cozy veracity. Director Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal”) clearly understands she has two seasoned comedic actors behind the wheel, and she fuels the film with their easy, authentic chemistry.

Still, Fogelman's story steers “The Guilt Trip” firmly into Streisand's demographic; the film only occasionally sideswipes the kind of raunchy hilarity Rogen made his name with in “Knocked Up.”

Rogen plays Andrew Brewster, a Los Angeles-based organic chemist who has developed a safe new food-based cleaning solution. His product may be revolutionary, but he hasn't been able to peddle it to a single company because his strictly science sales pitches put the suits to sleep. Since he's out of money and can't afford to fly, Andy plans a cross-country trek to hit several potential retailers.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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