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The Trip

Oft times we may not like those we love, but our willingness to endure alongside them is a testament that, like or not, love is not concerned with liking.

This past Sunday I attended a Cumberland Four screening. For those of you who are unaware of what the Cumberland Four is let me give you a quick synopsis. The cinema is a small venture co-owned and operated by Cineplex and Alliance Films. Situated in the heart of Yorkville the establishment is prime location for Toronto’s annual “Festival of Festivals.” Seeing as TIFF is coming up soon it was nice to visit another room within its happy and successful home.

As an Alliance home theatre, John and I attended one of the films they distribute, (i.e. The Trip). The Trip is the silver screen adaptation of the television show by the same name. The plot revolves around Steve Coogan’s (actor/character name) culinary trip through the British countryside. Having just broken up with his girlfriend Steve decides to take his friend along instead, (played by Rob Brydon).

I first stumbled across this comedic duo when I saw their 2005 film, “A Cock and Bull Story.” I was instantly satisfied by their dry British banter, and upon seeing the trailer for “The Trip” I knew I needed a second helping.

Without question the film was hilarious. Sitting amongst peoples of similar comedic tastes, our theater cackled, chuckled, and giggled incessantly. However, the film had far more to offer than just a series of high-quality hi-jinks. The heart of the story lay within the key characters friendship.

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From the start the two (Steve & Rob) are billed as uneasy acquaintances. Steve hesitantly invites Rob along, and Rob accepts with a slight strain of apprehension. Yet, as the narrative develops the viewer discovers the depths of this delightful friendship. This odd construction of camaraderie got me thinking about similar relationships within my own life. Like most of you I have made and lost many friends and friendships . Those that fall apart do so for a plethora of reasons, but those that stay together do so for one reason alone, love.

The friends which I value to be eternally so frustrate me constantly. That said, I know I provide the same agitation to the them in turn. However, when I need them they are there for me without question. When my life unravels they put thread to needle, and when it falls apart they fill the voids. True friendship permits partners to be themselves. Honest friendship allows people to speak their minds. And if there were a movie daring enough to describe these complexities it would be “The Trip.”

To my friends who wear the title proud, love and appreciation from me and my life at the movies.


  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this film.  It was very art-hous-ie and did have one of those art house “you figure it out” endings but all in all it was a great flick some moral substance.  It has actually had me thinking about it post view which is rare for me.

    I feel the same way these characters felt about each other as I do about my friends.  I preen and pose but at the end of the day i love them even if they bug the living shit out of me.

    Great theatre as well, love those fun little venues.

    • Anonymous

      Hahahahaha! Glad you enjoyed the take on the film, as I knew you enjoyed the film itself. Cumberland is a great theater, comfortable and cozy. Plus, its location is unparalleled. I would like to go back to see Page One if you’re down. 

  • Chris Elliott

    Awesome piece dude. Very well done. I loved your relation to your own life through the characters of this movie. I’m not a fan of British humor, although despite not seeing it, I can imagine the humorous points in which you resonated with. Well done sir. Glad you and Johnny decided to roll together. 

    • Anonymous

      LOL! When it is an Alliance movie, he is always more than willing to entertain me. 

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