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Movie: The Guilt Trip

  • Director: Anne Fletcher
  • Writers: Dan Fogelman
  • Stars: Adam Scott, Amanda Walsh, Barbra Streisand, Brandon Keener, Brett Cullen, Casey Wilson, Colin Hanks, Creed Bratton, Dale Dickey, Jeff Kober, Kathy Najimy, Michael Cassidy, Seth Rogen, Yvonne Strahovski
  • Release Date: December 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Comedy

Get ready for one mother of a road trip

Guilt trip directed by Anne Fletcher focuses on Joyce Brewster ( Barbra Streisand), a widow for years,living in NJ, independent, mother of one son. The son, Andrew Brewster ( Seth Rogen) lives in CA , majored in Organic Chemistry, now wants to market his cleaning product made from natural ingredients. Andrew visits mom and stays with her a couple of days and during this time, mom and son have some sensitive conversations by the end of which Andrew knows he is the namesake of his mom’s first love. Andrew decides to take mom with him on road trip for his sales pitch talks. Andrew does not have a flair for talking and it is obvious during his presentations. The relationship between mom and son is handled well throughout the movie. Some sensitive scenes are handled well. Scenes involving the stripper who de-ices the car tire with her heel, Joyce in a TX restaurant eats a big steak for 0 and for fun, visiting Jessica ( Andrew’s first love)and her husband and then finally visiting Joyce’s first love Andrew Margolis home are some of the nice parts of the movie. The ending of the movie gives a hope for romance to Andrew in seeing Andrew Margolis ‘s daughter and exchanging hellos. The movie is done well. Barbra Streisand is extremely comfortable in the role and very natural. Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen make a believable mother son team. Too many awkward silences and quiet scenes.

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