WIFF | FILMS

TRIP TO SPAIN, THE

Review

Director:

Michael Winterbottom

Genre:

Comedy

Country:

UK

Rated:

14A

Year:

2017

Language:

English

Runtime:

115 Minutes

Description:

This is the third in a cult series of culinary road comedies, featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as thinly fictionalized versions of their scalding, misanthropically funny, showbiz-fixated London-comedian-actor selves. 

They spend five days driving up the misty green Spanish coastline, staying in rustic designer hotels and sampling New Traditional restaurants — which Brydon has arranged to review for The New York Times — against a backdrop of absurdly tranquil and picturesque towns and villages.

The leisurely lunches, all shot with documentary food-porn fetishism, form a succulent backdrop. But the main stage is Coogan and Brydon as they bicker amiably and try to outdo each other with their scandalously on-target impersonations of famous actors.  They also cut each other’s egos down to size with the surgical precision of professional rivals.

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