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The Trip to Spain

release date 08/11/17
B-
type
Movie
Genre
Drama
release date 08/11/17
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August 10, 2017 at 12:23 PM EDT

How many times can you watch two middle-aged men impersonate Michael Caine? Your answer to that question will determine whether you should tag along with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on their third and latest fictionalized (and largely improvised) eating tour of Europe. This time around, the bickering longtime friends saddle up in a Range Rover and head by ferry to Spain, where they drive through picturesque Quixote country and stop at various hot spots of haute cuisine. Between bites, these two hams eating ham swap both passive-aggressive barbs about the other’s career and impressions of Marlon Brando, Woody Allen, and Mick Jagger.

In the previous installment, 2014’s terrific The Trip to Italy, Coogan and Brydon’s road trip took on an undercurrent of melancholy — both were grappling with age and mortality in their own ways, giving the slight premise unexpected weight. This time, however, it just feels like more of the same with diminishing returns. And the final scene is just terrible. It’s like finishing a gourmet meal and being served an inedible dessert. B–

The Trip to Spain

type
Movie
Genre
Drama
mpaa
Unrated
release date
08/11/17
Cast
Rob Brydon
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The Trip to Spain

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