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Andy Brewster is an inventor who lives in Los Angeles. He's come up with an amazing organic cleaner but can't get anyone interested in manufacturing it. Andy plans a business trip to promote the product and decides to take his recently-widowed mother along for the ride. She's been despondent since his father died, so he comes up with a great idea - during the trip he'll surprise her with a stop in San Francisco, where one of her ex-flames lives.
Comedy - This comedy is truly a vehicle for its two top-billed stars, Barbra
Streisand and Seth Rogen, as it's basically a two-character piece
with all other actors and roles passing through briefly. Fans of
Rogen though may be disappointed that he is basically a secondary
straight man and this is more of showcase for Streisand, and this is
more in line of a sentimental, older female-targeted comedy than his
more raucous, young male-oriented work. Some language and suggestive
humor make the film inappropriate for young children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Guilt Trip isn't bad but it's not very good, either. It's the kind of thing you might not turn off if you stumbled upon it on cable late at night,...
Washington PostFull Review Below Average 'The Guilt Trip,' Anne Fletcher's lifeless comedy about an overbearing mother and her exasperated adult son, has no flawlessly delivered punch lines. It doesn't even have a hangnail.
NY PostFull Review Average I expected better from screenwriter Dan Fogelman, who did the sprightly and original 'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' but the bigger surprise is that a talent like Rogen would consent to be reduced to the straight man in this vaudeville act.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 58 moviegoers:
These moviegoer reviews are about as mixed as the critic reviews. It seems some really enjoyed it while others felt it was only, at best, an average movie.
TEENS:The three males rated "The Guilt Trip" as an average movie. Two-thirds of the ladies also rated it average. The other third of the ladies really enjoyed it, rating it "Excellent."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Two of the three males rated it above average. The other male, and the one female, rated it average.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are nearly identical. About half loved it ("Fantastic" and "Excellent" reviews) with a few more enjoying it very much ("Very Good" reviews). Unfortunately, a very large percentage only rated it "Good/Average" which isn't bad but it's also not great. Also, an important positive is the fact that no one disliked "The Guilt Trip."