The Guilt Trip

Overview

In Anne Fletcher's family comedy, Barbra Streisand plays Joyce Brewster, a sixtysomething widow who has given up on men and seems to spend most of her free time phoning her son Andrew (Seth Rogen), a chemist who has created an all-natural cleaning solution that he's bet his career on and is trying to sell to retailers (a wager that he's losing thus far). As the movie opens, Andrew returns home to spend some time with his mom before going on a cross-country road trip to pitch his product in various cities, ending ...
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Overview

In Anne Fletcher's family comedy, Barbra Streisand plays Joyce Brewster, a sixtysomething widow who has given up on men and seems to spend most of her free time phoning her son Andrew (Seth Rogen), a chemist who has created an all-natural cleaning solution that he's bet his career on and is trying to sell to retailers (a wager that he's losing thus far). As the movie opens, Andrew returns home to spend some time with his mom before going on a cross-country road trip to pitch his product in various cities, ending with a trip to Las Vegas where he'll shoot a Home Shopping Network demo.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Disc 1: Barbra & Seth; Barbra's World; Guilt Trip: Real Mother of a Road Trip; Deleted Scenes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
After decades of vanity projects and long stretches away from the silver screen, it's easy to forget that, early in her acting career, beloved singer Barbra Streisand seemed able to conjure the spirit of the classic screwball-comedy heroines of the 1930s. She approached comedy like she would a song -- she understood it was all about the timing -- and she could bring energy and a snap to her line deliveries that made her, and them, stand out. There are moments where that skill still comes through in the 2012 comedy The Guilt Trip. She plays Joyce Brewster, a sixtysomething widow who has given up on men and seems to spend most of her free time phoning her son Andrew Seth Rogen, a chemist who has created an all-natural cleaning solution that he's bet his career on and is trying to sell to retailers a wager that he's losing thus far. As the movie opens, Andrew returns home to spend some time with his mom before going on a cross-country road trip to pitch his product in various cities, ending with a trip to Las Vegas where he'll shoot a Home Shopping Network demo. During their time together, Joyce, who has abandoned dating, tells Andrew about Andrew Margolis, the first love of her life -- the man she named her son after. She never made an effort to find her old flame again after she got married, but with an Internet search and a phone call, Andrew believes he's located the man in San Francisco. He asks his mother to join him on the road trip, planning to surprise her with a final stop at the home of her lost love. Jewish mothers are one of the more enduring archetypes in comedy, and as written by Dan Fogelman, Joyce is, in the beginning, a pure, undiluted dose of nagging, guilt-inducing maternity. However, with Streisand's skill, Anne Fletcher's laid-back direction, and Seth Rogen's expert support, the setup is charming in its familiarity. The movie hits a comic high note with a lengthy monologue from Joyce about her first love; it's a well-written, expertly acted speech that ends with a killer punch line that ranks among the all-time-great Jewish-mother jokes and reveals the emotional stakes for the rest of the film. Oddly, just when everything seems to be in place for a light, enjoyable comedy, the energy goes out of the movie altogether for about a half hour. Their bickering in the car doesn't have any bite or wit, Andrew's failed pitches aren't particularly memorable, and it's quite possible that the film's intended older audience might be napping. Just when you've given up hope that anything interesting could happen, mom and son finally have their first real fight and say horrible things to each other, prompting Joyce to storm off to a nearby bar. Although they make up quickly -- in no small part because Andrew gets into a fistfight with a redneck who's trying to get Joyce drunk -- that scene snaps some life back into the proceedings. Although it's a movie with significant star power, The Guilt Trip plays more like a short cable series with a good pilot, a couple of crappy episodes, and then three good ones. It doesn't have the narrative drive or enough character depth to stick with you, but Rogen's expert timing makes sure it never entirely derails. He gives a rather selfless performance here, allowing Streisand to be as wacky or as naggy as she cares to be without ever letting us feel like she's going over the top. He's a rare comic talent who has the energy of a leading man but the instincts of a first-rate character actor, always willing to serve the scene rather than his own desire to score a laugh at the expense of the situation or the other performers. As good as Streisand is, you can picture somebody else in her part, but the same can't be said of Rogen. Savvy marketing put The Guilt Trip in theaters over the holiday season; it's exactly the kind of film that appeals to older moviegoers, and while it doesn't break new ground, it will play well for all those who appreciate Streisand or want to be reassured that their adult children still love them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • UPC: 032429129383
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Rating:

  • Source: PARAMOUNT
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Blu-ray/DVD Combo + E-Copy + UV
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 43,721

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Joyce Brewster
Seth Rogen Andrew Brewster
Kathy Najimy Gayle
Colin Hanks Rob
Brett Cullen Ben Graw
Adam Scott Andrew Margolis, Jr.
Yvonne Strahovski Jessica
Miriam Margolyes Anita
Nora Dunn Amy
Ari Graynor Joyce Margolis
Julene Renee Kmart Receptionist
Zabryna Guevara Kmart Executive
John Funk Kmart Executive
Robert Curtis Brown Kmart Executive
Rose Abdoo Diana
Tom Virtue Mature Singles Man
Vivian Vanderwerd Mature Singles Woman
Worth Howe Bob
Vicki Goldsmith Joyce
Matthew Levinson Toddler Andy
Joseph Levinson Toddler Andy
Kevin O'Keefe Budget Car Renter
Rick Gonzalez Mark
Jeff Witzke Voice Only
Casey Wilson Amanda
Steve Tom OSH Executive
David Boller Virginia Hotel Clerk
Gabrielle Gumbs Stripper
Dale Dickey Tammy
Analeis Lorig Moonlight
Brandon Keener Ryan McFee
Jeff Kober Jimmy
Lorna Scott Waitress
Kathleen Fletcher Waitress
Kim Robillard Emcee at Cattleman's Ranch
Pedro Lopez Hitchhiker
Jen Zabrowski Caesar's Check-In Clerk
Freddie Fletcher Slots Player
Darryl Sivad HSN Producer
Davis Neves HSN Makeup Artist
Jackson Douglas HSN Executive
Constance Esposito HSN Executive
Patrick S. Harrigan Man on Cell Phone
Shirley Charles Frantic Mom
Dewain Robinson Lost Son
Tim Davies Conductor
Technical Credits
Anne Fletcher Director
Christopher Assells Choreography
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Joe Camp III Asst. Director
Nelson Coates Production Designer
Buck Damon Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Devlin Sound Mixer
Dino R. Dimuro Sound/Sound Designer
Erin Doyle Associate Producer
David Ellison Executive Producer
David Emmerichs Camera Operator
Dan Fogelman Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Priscilla Nedd Friendly Editor
Dana E. Glauberman Editor
Daniel Glicker Costumes/Costume Designer
Dana Goldberg Executive Producer
Evan Goldberg Executive Producer, Producer
John Goldwyn Producer
Julie Hewett Makeup
Kenneth A. Larson Set Decoration/Design
David S. Lazan Art Director
Amanda Mackey Casting
Hilary Marx Co-producer
William Matthews Set Decoration/Design
Mary McLaglen Executive Producer
Lorne Michaels Producer
Beth O'Rourke Makeup
Seth Rogen Executive Producer
Paul Schwake Executive Producer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Barbra Streisand Executive Producer
James Weaver Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Guilt Trip
1. Scene 1 [7:41]
2. Scene 2 [2:53]
3. Scene 3 [7:44]
4. Scene 4 [7:42]
5. Scene 5 [8:51]
6. Scene 6 [8:00]
7. Scene 7 [4:25]
8. Scene 8 [5:28]
9. Scene 9 [12:57]
10. Scene 10 [3:26]
11. Scene 11 [1:41]
12. Scene 12 [3:34]
13. Scene 13 [6:24]
14. Scene 14 [7:26]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Guilt Trip
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      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Français
         Español
         English Audio Description
      Subtitle Options
         English
         Français
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         Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
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