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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.

Director:

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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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: ou know, I spent almost 30 years of my life thinking I didn't matter to someone who mattered a great deal to me. I got the answer I needed. I did. It's like Anita always says.
Andrew Brewster: Oh, God.
Joyce Brewster: When it's meant to be, it's meant to be.
Andrew Brewster: That's actually good advice.
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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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References Love Actually (2003) See more »

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Wonderwall
Written by Noel Gallagher
Performed by Paul Anka
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Road Trip on the Skids
20 December 2012 | by cattjonesSee all my reviews

This is one of those films where I really don't have a lot to say. Basically the film is about a mother and son on a road trip to try and sell a newly invented product. There were no surprises to be had in this film and it turned out to be pretty corny, although I do think that there is a demographic that will enjoy it. Barbara Streisand (Joyce Brewster) is the over-bearing mother who totally dotes on her son. If I had a mother like her, she would absolutely drive me crazy. There were times during the film that I just kept thinking to myself, I wish she would just shut up. I am not sure if this was a tough script for Barbara to learn, but I do know that there was a lot of it. There is one scene in the film that involves Barbara that is just so absurd and really unbelievable that it had me shaking my head. Seth Rogan (Andrew Brewster) was the typical son that is generally embarrassed by his mother's behavior. He did have some funny moments, but not enough to make me laugh out loud (although there were other folks in the audience that did). Most of the parts that did get a chuckle were in the trailer, so there was really nothing new to laugh at. I just felt like I was watching reality television about a Jewish mother and son on vacation. I do have to say that I think Barbara and Seth both nailed their characters pretty well, I just don't think that they had a whole lot of depth to them. There really aren't any other roles to talk about since the other actors were only on screen for a few minutes. The only other actor that I really recognized was Kathy Najimy (Gayle) who was one of Barbara's friends in the film. I have to say that I do support female directors whenever possible, but I think that choreographer turned director, Anne Fletcher is probably better at putting together dance numbers then directing. I don't want to be too hard on her since this film is her directing debut, so hopefully she will get better at it. I didn't hate the film and like I said before there is definitely a demographic for it. All that being said, I am giving this film an amber light.


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