Questions people asked after seeing The Guilt Trip (movie review)

the-guilt-tripWe watched The Guilt Trip last night and we weren’t exactly blown away. I’d say it’s like that Coors Light ad campaign – this movie has watchability. Anyway, here are some questions we imagined theater goers were asking each other after the movie was over.

“Do moms nag? Is ‘Jewish mothers’ a thing?”
We didn’t say the questions weren’t sarcastic.
The Guilt Trip lays it on thick – like a mason applying wet concrete with a trowel thick. If this movie was any more by the numbers, you’d need a water-color book and a paint brush.

“Why is Barbara Streisand doing a Jackie Mason impression?”
I get the impression that the director kept yelling at Streisand, “More Jewish!” I’m surprised she never commanded Seth Rogen to bring her a bagel and lox. Again, this movie lays it on thick – New York City cream cheese portion styled thick.

“How’d they make a Seth Rogen movie that’s not funny in any way?”
Yeah, this movie is not funny, and it seems like it’s supposed to be an unlikely buddy comedy, but there’s no way around it – the movie isn’t funny. I guess Rogen can’t play off himself, and his character is an organic chemist, so he’s probably trying to dial back his wacky factor… but then, why hire Seth Rogen in the first place?

“How’d they make a Barbara Streisand movie where she doesn’t sing even a little?”
The only thing that makes less sense than making a Seth Rogen movie where he doesn’t get to be funny is making a Barbara Streisand movie where she doesn’t sing a single word.

“Was half of the movie not scripted?”
Maybe that’s why this movie was made – all of the car scenes were filmed in a studio in front of a green screen and they didn’t have to pay a screen writer because the movie feels like it has a synopsis but no actual script.

“What’s with that last shot?”
The last scene is two people walking away from each other in an airport and the director seemed to be sitting there that day and think, “Oh shit… is the movie over? I have no idea what to do now from a visual standpoint.” So the characters walk out of the shot in opposite directions (because the scene dictates this) and the camera just cranes away from where they were standing. It is awkward as hell.

For all it’s flaws, the movie is watchable, but it’s not especially entertaining and certainly not memorable. I give a The Guilt Trip a 5.5 out of 10. While it didn’t put me to sleep, it just barely had a structure and has no rewatch value at all.

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