Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their roles from Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story for this tale of a restaurant critic who reluctantly invites his obnoxious best friend on a business trip through the English countryside. Tapped by The Observer to review fine restaurants throughout the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Steve (Coogan) finds himself without a traveling companion after his girlfriend decides not to go at the last minute. After being turned down by everyone he knows, Steve extends an invitation to Rob (Brydon), and together the pair attempts to navigate the winding back roads of rural England, impersonating popular celebrities and bickering endlessly along the way. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Maybe there should be a club for people who enjoy such offbeat, slice-of-life movies. Be sure to watch the cut scenes; I wish they'd left in the running gag about the wine in particular. Extreme silliness balanced with human pathos, both most real, made me look forward to a dose of some Coogan character-humor!
If you aren't familiar with Brit comedians/actors, and if you aren't a fan of Brit humor, you won't enjoy this movie. I liked it, because I thought it was interesting to see how two famous Brit actors/comedians feel about their "jobs."
The bits about Coleridge and The Abbey and such are great side-dressing, but watching these two men come to grips with aging and just-out-of- grasp movie fame was a taste of something different for me.
I laughed out loud---a lot. If you watch the "Bonus" feature, it is almost as long as the movie, and has its moments, too. Oh: And the fancy dishes/food served was highly entertaining. I learned something about tasting wine at the table, too.