The Trip (M)

Last updated 11:49 23/02/2012

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If this rib-tickling comedy works as well on the small screen as it did in the cinema, it's because it's a movie edited from a BBC television series of six half-hour episodes.

It features British comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing somewhat fictional versions of themselves as they make a week-long journey through the Yorkshire moors and dales and the Lake District in order for Coogan to review restaurants there.

What we get is a picaresque, odd-couple, buddy road movie whose hilarity primarily comes from the pair's banter and bickering. Coogan is conceited, competitive, dyspeptic and womanising while Brydon is amiable, cheerful, married and contented.

Their relationship is one of camaraderie and rivalry, rapport and ribbing, clashing egos and oneupmanship. As they indulge in a series of riffs on a wide range of topics accompanied by impressions of famous movie stars, The Trip becomes a joyous lark – smart, witty and, surprisingly, affecting. It leaves leaves you wanting more.

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