Running time: 95 min
Screen legend and songstress Barbra Streisand teams up with Everyman Seth Rogen as a mother-son duo who embark upon a cross-country, multi-city road trip to find fame, fortune, and an old flame.
Joyce Webster (Streisand) is a lovable yet overbearing mother to Andy (Rogen). Andy has been unlucky in love and, most recently, unlucky in his bid to sell his invention, an eco-friendly cleaning agent, whose name no one seems to be able to pronounce, to any of the big box stores.
On his latest visit to see his mother, she reveals to Andy that she was once in love with another man, before her marriage to Andy’s father. Andy is named after this man and he is intrigued. After some internet searches, he discovers a lead and asks Joyce to accompany him on his trip through several cities ostensibly to sell his product, but planning one more secret stop in San Francisco.
What follows is a sometimes tense, sometimes hilarious ride through the not-so-smooth terrain of a mother-son relationship. Both Joyce and Andy learn to empathize with one another and learn about themselves in the process.
I expected The Guilt Trip to be funny, which it was. What I didn’t expect was that it would be so heartwarming. Rogen is identifiable as That Typical Guy Who Gets Screwed By Life, while Streisand reprises her role as Everyone’s Jewish Ma (à la Meet the Fockers), and both have fantastic onscreen chemistry as mother and son, at turns cringe-worthy (in a comedic sense) and touching.
The end wraps up the plot in a very sweet manner; I don’t understand why IMDb users only gave this movie 5.7 stars–were moviegoers expecting The Hangover? With his mother? Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend this one.