It’s not often that a movie exceeds expectations — especially if it’s a comedy. Despite the fact that “The Guilt Trip” follows the road-trip-gone-wrong device that we’ve all seen before, director Anne Fletcher and screenwriter Dan Fogelman have provided a fresh take on the stereotypical storyline and presented us with one of the best comedies of the year. The pairing of Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand is enough to get anyone to see this film, but most wouldn’t expect that this is a story with substance and heart due to the witty screenplay and authentic, lovable characters. The plot follows an inventor (Rogen) who visits his mother (Streisand) before setting out on a road trip to sell his latest product, but then decides to invite her along for the ride out of pity. The best aspect of the film is the brilliant chemistry between Rogen and Streisand. Pairing these two together as mother and son is an idea that seems too good to be true, but it actually works.

 

‘The Guilt Trip’

Director: Anne Fletcher

Cast: Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, Adam Scott

Rating: PG-13

Grade: 4/5