Sundance Review: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Serve up a Plate of Leftovers in 'The Trip to Italy'

January 23, 2014 1:28 AM

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Michael Winterbottom's 2011 film "The Trip" pulled off a unique hybrid—part road movie, part bromance and travel show—from an absurdly simple formula. The feature film, edited down from a six-hour BBC sitcom of the same name, reunited the stars of Winterbottom's 2005 film "Tristram and Shady: A Cock and Bull Story," Steve Coogan ("Philomena") and Rob Brydon ("Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels") under the premise that Coogan had invited Brydon on a road trip to review restaurants in the Lake District for The Observer.

Their routine never varied. Coogan and Brydon ordered high-concept dishes (like duckfat lollies) and competed for the best Michael Caine impersonations (among others) over lunch, visited the haunts of Coleridge and Wordsworth in the afternoons, and retired to separate rooms at posh inns at night. La...

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