“The Guilt Trip”

December 29th, 2012 at 10:46 am by under A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13
1 hour 35 minutes

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen

Barbara Streisand’s return to the big screen in “The Guilt Trip” is no cause for celebration, unless you’re among her most devoted fans.

The overbearing Streisand teams up with moody Seth Rogen for 95 minutes of unresolved mother and son conflicts.

These conflicts are mostly comprised of Streisand’s embarrassing quirks getting on Rogen’s nerves. “The Guilt Trip” is little more than a two character play, off each other’s irritable personality problems.

Out of the blue, Rogen invites Streisand to tag along on a cross country business trip. Neither realizes at first how much excess emotional baggage they’re carrying.

A few funny moments here and there fail to fuel the lows octane road comedy. But was this “Guilt Trip” really necessary? Sour Puss Rogen just can’t reconcile his distain for the smothering Streisand, to the point that he comes across as a very unpleasant character, who insultingly doesn’t even want to be seem with Streisand.

Streisand, veteran trouper that she is, plays it to the hilt for a lost cause. But at least she tried.

“The Guilt Trip” just can’t muster enough charming humor to avoid running off the road with 2 stars.

Considering the strong competition this holiday season, “The Guilt Trip” won’t go very far.

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