Casting Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen as a mother-son combination is inspired. Putting them in one automobile for an 8-day, cross-country road trip? That just might make The Guilt Trip the can’t-miss comedy of the upcoming holiday season.
'The Guilt Trip' Trailer: Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand Hit the Road
The Proposal director Anne Fletcher seems to have found some fresh laughs in the family-members-on-a-disastrous-trip formula, and most of it – based on this initial trailer – comes from the pairing of Rogen and Streisand. They have a solid interplay between them, a parental respect that’s also compounded by the Jewish guilt that occasionally infuses Rogen’s comedy. Streisand has played these cards in the Meet the Parents series before (alongside the equally talented Ben Stiller). But Rogen hasn’t played this sweet and supportive yet, and it looks like he has great chemistry with his on-screen mom.
The Guilt Trip cast rounds out with severely funny co-stars, including Adam Scott, Danny Pudi, Casey Wilson, Colin Hanks, Nora Dunn and Yvonne Strahovski. With so many heavy-hitting Oscar hopefuls storming the theaters on Christmas Day – from Les Miserables to Django Unchained – The Guilt Trip has an excellent shot at playing to people who just want an innocent holiday laugh.
The film opens on Dec. 25. Here’s the first trailer. What do you think?
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.