The Guilt Trip is a comedy starring Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan about a meddlesome mother named Joyce and her son Andy. Andy’s father died at a young age and his mother raised him and as Andy gets older he goes away to college and invents a new cleaning product. He is traveling around the country to promote the cleanser and stops by his mother’s during his trip. He then asks her to accompany him to the last few destinations.
To be honest, I chose this film on a whim. Although I recognized the names of both Seth Rogan and Barbara Streisand, I have not seen much of either of their previous works that I recall. In this movie they made a perfect comedic pair. Barbara Streisand played the meddlesome mother character very well, while Seth Rogan portrayed the character of the son in a way that was incredibly realistic. There were also appearances in the film by Jeff Kober that I recognize from one of my all time favorite shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Tom Virtue from another one of my favorite television shows, Even Stevens. It was a bonus to see them in the movie.
The story was enjoyable and somewhat believable. The writer did an excellent job in building the characters as well. Joyce is constantly nagging Andy, she has crazy quirks, she lives in her own world, and she always knows best. The dialogue and interactions between them is hilarious.
The music was another great aspect of the film. The songs fit well with the scenes and added to the overall feel of the story. There were three songs in particular that I heard in the movie that I will be adding to my music collection: “Take Your Mama” by Scissor Sisters, “Wonderwall” by Paul Anka, and “Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys.
I enjoyed this film and the overall message I took away from it is that you have to try and break your old patterns and habits and try to move on. It has a bitter sweet ending to it because Joyce does start to break her patterns with regards to meddling in Andy’s life. I recommend this movie, but especially to anyone with an overbearing mother. There are also funny outtakes during the end credits as an added bonus.