Road trip movies are fine, but a film that centers around two people in a car for extended periods of time needs to have strong writingÖespecially if itís a comedy. Take DUE DATE for example, not the best flick to ever hit the road, but it was clever when it came to dialogue. Seth tries. But dudeís paired up with his mother, so he doesnít have much to work with. It doesnít help that Streisandís motherly role is annoying as all hell. They could have done more with her, rather than stick to the clichťd high roadóembarrassing him, undermining him, giving him advice that he should listen to, but being too pushy, and a million other things weíve seen too many times before. The steak eating contest looked like it could have been funny, but it wasnít. The book on tape thing was terrible, and the entire scene with them stopping by his ex-girlfriendís place was beyond awkward.
THE GUILT TRIP does have a feel good mother/son vibe going for it, but itís a paint by numbers affairókid and mom are on rocky terms, he feels guilty so he takes her along, they start to bond, fight, make-up and have a stronger relationship than ever before, and mom helps him nail down his last chance with his career. Yawn. His cleaning product was remotely entertaining, but the second you see him fail in action and have his mom correct him, you know exactly whatís going to happen (cough, cough, TOMMYBOY). I love comedies, but this got destroyed at the box office and no one I know had anything good to say. I can see why, but realistically, I knew that from the trailer. Itís a shame. This could have amounted to something more, and itís not the actors fault either, it comes down to poor writing. Plain and simple.
Guilt Trip: Real Mother of a Road Trip: We find out that one of the mindís behind the film actually did this trip with his mother in real life and decided to write about it. Iím so glad he did. Seriously.
In the Driverís Seat: Director Anne Fletcher goes on about how, when it came to casting Seth and Barbra, it was pure instinct. Iím fairly confident any other two actors could have pulled this off as well if not better.
Not Really a Road Trip Movie: The production team take five minutes to ramble on about all the places they stop in the film. Good times.
Gag Reel: Seriously, are any of these even funny anymore? This one sure isnít.
Alternate Opening, Ending and Deleted Scenes: The opening features a montage of Andy growing up, and a mixed bunch of title sequences, nothing major here. The ending features a run of Andyís commercial on TV with some other actor. This isnít bad, but nothing special. Thereís twenty minutes of deleted scenes that bring nothing to the table, but the GPS scene and speed dating bits were at least mildly funny.
Previews: There are a couple trailers that play before the feature as well as well as a DVD Copy of the film.