Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play themselves in this occasionally meandering, occasionally inspired comedy that finds Coogan as a guest food critic on a road trip to visit various restaurants, having to drag his neurotic friend along with him. Self-reflexive and often melancholy, the film is a probing, if uneven exploration of loneliness through the eyes of two men adrift in stagnant careers.
Loose, funny, touching at times but ultimately a forgettable grazing-road-trip film. Made from a 6 part tv series it's a decent attempt at post modernising the genre, shot on HD with large portions of improv. 3 stars
I have watched only two of Winterbottom's films and have absolutely loved them because of their subtleness and acute interpretation of the intricacies of human behavior. Brilliant director.Will definitely watch more of his films.
The same as in Tristram Shandy, I couldn't care less about Coogan's unsatisfying solitary love life subplot but his moments with Brydon are more than enough to make it worth your while. "You're stuck in a metaphor!".
while it reminds me a bit of kelly reichardt's old joy, the trip is certainly a magical lol-fest. it's the funniest film i have seen this year. about the similarities, just remember what rob brydon said in the film, "it's 2010! everything has been done before, all you can do is do something someone's done before, but do it better, or differently."