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The Guilt Trip (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 19 December 2012 (USA)
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As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride.

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Anne Fletcher

Writer:

Dan Fogelman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Joyce Brewster
Seth Rogen ... Andrew Brewster
Julene Renee ... K-Mart Receptionist (as Julene Renee-Preciado)
Zabryna Guevara ... K-Mart Executive
John Funk ... K-Mart Executive
Robert Curtis Brown ... K-Mart Executive
Kathy Najimy ... Gayle
Miriam Margolyes ... Anita
Rose Abdoo ... Diana
Tom Virtue ... Mature Singles Man
Vivian Vanderwerd Vivian Vanderwerd ... Mature Singles Woman
Worth Howe ... Bob
Vicki Goldsmith ... Young Joyce
Matthew Levinson Matthew Levinson ... Toddler Andy
Joseph Levinson Joseph Levinson ... Toddler Andy
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Storyline

Los Angeles based organic chemist Andrew Brewster has just sunk his life savings into developing and now marketing an environmentally friendly, effective and human safe home cleaning product. Despite these attributes, he is having problems making any sales to distributors and retailers. He has planned a cross country business trip via automobile to make sales pitches to various companies along the way, starting in New York City and ending in Las Vegas. While in New York, Andy plans to stay with his overbearing mother, New Jersey residing Joyce Brewster, with who he has a love/hate relationship and who he does not see very often anymore. He doesn't want to tell her of his sales failures thus far as he knows she will only add more than her two-cents into the matter, which he doesn't want. Joyce's focus of attention is on Andy's single status and what looks to be his stalled romantic life, out of which again he wants her to stay. Widowed when Andy was eight, Joyce has never remarried or ... Written by Huggo

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Get ready for one mother of a road trip

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some risque material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Mother's Curse See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,290,629, 23 December 2012

Gross USA:

$37,134,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,863,726
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Joyce is said to have given birth to Andy while in her twenties. In reality, Barbra Streisand is forty years older than Seth Rogen. See more »

Goofs

The 50-ounce steak is described in subsequent dialogue as a "4 1/2 pound steak." A 4 1/2 pound steak is 72 ounces. A 50-ounce steak is 3 pounds, 2 ounces. See more »

Quotes

Joyce Brewster: Promise me you'll never pick up a hitchhiker, okay?
Andrew Brewster: I promise I will never pick up a hitchhiker.
Joyce Brewster: Good. They rape.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, more is shown of Andy and his mother dealing with each other during the long drive, that is, several of Rogen and Streisand's comic improvisations. The 'mini-screen' moves a few times to make room for the credits. See more »

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Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of James Franco (2013) See more »

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Stuck In The Middle With You
Written by Joe Egan & Gerry Rafferty (as Gerald Rafferty)
Performed by Stealers Wheel
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A comedy to make YOU feel guilty.
28 December 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"You want to drive cross-country in a car with me?" Joyce Brewster (Barbra Streisand)

Trust me –you don't want to take this trip. The problem with The Guilt Trip is that most of the lame comedy takes place in a subcompact car with two not very interesting characters, a Jewish mother, Joyce (Streisand), and her son, Andrew (Seth Rogen). You will want to get out as soon as you can, and you will feel guilt for wasting 95 minutes.

Not that more of that clichéd Jewish guilt wouldn't have been welcomed after the first act's slow setup (Andy asking mom to join him on a trip out West). Not even those stops along the way would relieve your boredom, given the pedestrian set pieces in a strip bar, a steak house, and a casino, among other seemingly random choices except that inventor Andrew visits those cities to hawk his edible cleaning product.

You can amuse yourself by counting the number of product placements ("They know me at The Gap!"), some from K Mart, Costco, Budget Rental Cars, and other businesses. For those companies, their products come off very well from Andrew's tepid pitch. Only when he finds his selling voice, does the film come alive and Rogen awakens from a sleepy first hour for him.

Making comedies is a Las Vegas gamble: Witness the uneven but far more amusing This is 40, a Judd Apatow production that at least tries to be witty about social issues for aging youngsters. The Guilt Trip tries one bit—the overbearing Jewish mother and wimpy son—and doesn't get it right (Whatever happened to that Oriental girl?").

Now I'm feeling guilty.


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