A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in dark comedy-horror.
Positive Role Models
Lead characters are an unhappily married couple who go to a cabin in the woods, both with a plan to try and kill the other. They soon encounter three sociopathic escaped convicts who nearly rape and murder them.
Lead characters are Jews, a small detail in the story that plays out later when it's revealed that one of the escaped convicts who has taken them prisoner is a Nazi (he's shown spitting on their wedding portrait).
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Violence & Scariness
Graphic violence, blood, gore, and attempted sexual assault. Male lead character is tied up and on the verge of being raped by one of the three escaped convicts who has taken he and his wife prisoner. While begging and pleading for this not to happen, the man is made to grovel and kiss the feet of the leader of the three escaped convicts. The wife is asked by one of the men to show him her breasts so he can masturbate. Talk throughout of the convicts wanting to rape them both. Characters killed or maimed in a variety of gruesome ways -- rifle blasts to the hands (graphic loss of fingers), death by lawnmower blades, knife to chest, arm cut off by motorboat blades. Attempted murder by hammer. Character tased. Rifle butt to mouth and forehead. Characters shot in the rear end and injured -- injury shown as it's getting stitched. Character knocked out with a sock stuffed with billiard balls. One of the convicts has tattoos of a swastika and Hitler, and spits on the wedding photo of the married couple as the photo reveals them to be Jews.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talk of sex, or lack thereof, between the two lead characters, an unhappily married couple. Talk of faking orgasms. Wife calls husband, "Mr. Two Pumps Then Done" The husband directs a scene in which a husband and wife are in bed, and the wife has just admitted to having an affair with the son of his dead brother.
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Pretty much every profanity is used at some point: "F--k" (a lot), "motherf--king," "s--t," "chickens--t," "bulls--t," "c--ksucking," "c--t," "pr--k," "c--k," "t-ts," "t-tties," "bitch," "ass," "badass," "crap," "damn," "hell." Elderly man makes a homophobic slur about a car he has "borrowed."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Convicts shown binge-drinking beer, drinking booze. Wine drinking, beer drinking, vodka drinking. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Trip is a dark comedy-horror in which an unhappily married couple takes a trip to a remote cabin, with each planning to kill the other. This is definitely not for kids. There's an attempted rape scene in which one of three escaped convicts pulls down the pants of the husband as he's bent over a pool table. The husband screams and pleads for mercy, and the leader of the convicts forces the husband to grovel and kiss his feet, with tongue. One of the convicts wants the wife to reveal her breasts so he can masturbate -- talk of wanting to rape her as well. The violence is gruesome, graphic, and bloody. Characters are killed, maimed, and injured in a variety of ways -- everything from lawn mower propellors, motorboat propellors, rifles, knives, fishing hooks, rakes, etc. Constant profanity -- nearly every word is used at some point: "f--k" (a lot), "motherf--king," "s--t," "chickens--t," "bulls--t," "c--ksucking," "c--t," "pr--k," "c--k," "t-ts," "t-tties," "bitch," "ass," "badass," "crap," "damn," "hell." Homophobic slur used by the elderly father of the lead character. Some graphic talk as the married couple argues about their sex lives, or lack thereof. One of the convicts has tattoos of a swastika and Hitler, and spits on the wedding photo of the married couple, as the photo reveals them to be Jews. Drinking, cigarette smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a gruesomely graphic and pitch-black comedy-horror-thriller loaded with entertaining plot twists great and small. The Trip starts off seemingly as an intentionally ludicrous dark comedy about a married couple who have grown to hate each other so much, they've both decided to kill the other while on a vacation in a remote cabin. There's a glib nihilism that makes our unhappily married couple seem like a Scandinavian Al and Peg Bundy, but as we get deeper into the movie's second act, plot twists that are rewarding for those paying close attention start to unfurl, and while there are still elements of the darkest comedy, what really begins to emerge is a series of increasingly violent confrontations. It starts becoming less like Married with Children and more like Deliverance, and not just due to the most disturbing scene in the movie.
It's a fast-paced and stylish, rooted in the film school of Ritchie, Tarrantino, etc. Expect time jumps, caustic dialogue, the frenzy of unusual violence. In spite of or because of this, it's a good movie. In a movie filled with surprise and tension, the movie's very end is perhaps the least surprising aspect to the movie, and drives home the nihilism permeating so much of the rest of the movie. It's a choice that works for the overall style of the movie, even if you feel cheated for the times when you rooted for the lead characters to survive the violence and brutality they've suffered. It's a major understatement to say that this isn't exactly a kid-friendly movie, but for older teens and adults who enjoy this kind of noir style and sensibility, there's a lot to enjoy with The Trip.
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