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Bettie's Box Office: The Guilt Trip Movie Review

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:06 PM CDT
Moms with unappreciative sons and sons with overbearing moms, as well as Barbra Streisand fans, are in for a pleasant surprise with The Guilt Trip.

There's nothing unique about the formula: It's a buddy, road-trip movie. But in this case, the buddies are an anxious cleaning-supply inventor (Seth Rogen) and his doting long-widowed mother (Barbra Streisand). As they embark on a strained 8-day journey from New York to San Francisco, they each have ulterior motives for making the trip. While there are only a few laugh-out-loud moments, many people will find they can relate to the characters.

It is Streisand's first movie since the "Focker" comedies, so you might expect her role in The Guilt Trip to be an over-the-top caricature. Instead, she brings a sweetness to the part, and it reminds you of what an engaging actress she is while still being funny.

Seth Rogen tones down his performance just the right amount, too, dealing with some unfinished emotional business and a stalled financial business at the same time.

Throughout the movie, they each take turns playing the straight man against the other's comedic performance.

Looking at the audience, you could tell that Streisand still has a very loyal fan base. Eavesdropping after the movie, I heard more than a few of them say, "Oh my gosh, she was EXACTLY like my mother! I should give her a call when I get home." That's a nice way to feel walking out of a holiday movie.

The Guilt Trip
opens Wednesday, Dec. 19 and is rated PG-13 for language and some risqué material.

By Bettie CrossBettie's Box Office: The Guilt Trip Movie Review

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