TRIP TO SPAIN, THE
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.