The trailer for “The Guilt Trip” makes the movie look like a laugh riot along the lines of “Meet the Fockers” but it’s more like “Sideways” in that there’s a certain tenderness to it.
My Beloved, my Adored stepson and I took in “The Guilt Trip,” and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who enjoyed it. It’s not written for 18-year-olds or for guys.
If you can get past the bait-and-switch trailer, you’ll find a little mystery wrapped in a Oedipal story. No Greek tragedy here, but you’ll find a Texan who likes women who like steak (surprise!) and an organic cleaner good enough to drink.
Though I can’t recommend spending two hours of your holiday with this movie even though it stars Seth Rogan and Barbra Streisand, I appreciated the storytelling and the symbolism. Streisand’s character, who is somewhat obnoxious but ultimately lovable, collects frog knick-knacks. Frogs symbolize taking a leap, which she learns to do over the course of a road trip with her son, played by Rogan.
Perhaps the best laughs come during the credits. They’re worth staying for.
Another bonus: I saw the trailer for “StarTrek: Into Darkness.” For a “Star Trek” fan? Worth the price of admission.