The Trip to Greece

Movie review by
Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media
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Coogan and Brydon's final road trip has warmth but swearing.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 110 minutes

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Positive Messages

The movie series' regular feelings of competitiveness, boastfulness, and insecurity are displayed but, more than ever, are balanced with good humor. Compassion and empathy are shown during a family crisis.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While still boastful, competitive, and insecure, Coogan's character has a lighter feel and behaves appropriately during a crisis. Coogan's son shows maturity when dealing with his father and a family problem. While he playfully mocks Coogan, Brydon's character also shows moments of compassion and empathy. A refugee camp is briefly depicted.

Violence

Violent acts from Ancient Greek myths are discussed. An off screen death occurs. Surreal recurring nightmares are portrayed.

Sex

Character is briefly seen in underwear the morning after having spent the night with someone. Characters are seen in swimwear. Some kissing and innuendo. Married couple are seen in bed together -- it is suggested that they are about to have sex.

Language

Innuendo and occasional strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "bloody," "God," "f---ing," "d--k," "motherf---ing," "a--hole," "nonce," "arse," "c--k," "todger," and "balls."

Consumerism

A Range Rover car features heavily and is briefly mentioned by the characters. Apple Macbooks are shown with front and back logos. Nike is briefly mentioned. The plot involves an article being written for real-life British newspaper The Observer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink wine with meals. Some smoking by minor supporting characters.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Trip to Greece is the fourth and final movie of the excellent The Trip comedy series starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon who play fictionalized versions of themselves. Once again they vocally spar in their attempts to do the best celebrity impersonations -- while hiding their feelings about issues in their home lives -- all while touring the best restaurants Greece has to offer. The impersonations occasionally feature swearing -- Coogan's Robert De Niro and Ray Winston are packed with profanity -- as well as some innuendo. A woman is shown in her underwear after spending the night with someone. The death of an off screen character features heavily in the plot, but is handled sensitively and allows characters to show compassion and empathy. Coogan and Brydon travel in a Range Rover car, which is shot at times like a commercial. Apple Macbooks are also shown. Alcohol is consumed with meals and two extras smoke cigarettes. There is no violence in the movie but violent acts from Ancient Greek myths are discussed. Coogan and Brydon briefly visit a refugee camp, which may open up a conversation with younger viewers.

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What's the story?

In THE TRIP TO GREECE, improvised, fictionalized versions of the actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon set off on another restaurant road-trip, this time around Greece. Meanwhile Coogan's father is unwell back in the U.K.

Is it any good?

The fourth and final movie in the series wraps things up in familiar fashion, following the formula laid out a decade earlier in 2010's The Trip. Feeling now like another check-in with distant but fondly regarded friends, catching up with them in Greece we find the fictionalized Coogan and Brydon up to their old tricks of competitive celebrity impersonations, while mired in the trickiness of real life. With a dying father and a distant wife this time in the mix, The Trip to Greece is as both low-key and loaded as ever.

Co-writer and director Michael Winterbottom has also spent 10 years on and off with the characters and for the final outing, presents Coogan as far more lightened up. He laughs more freely and is -- slightly -- less obsessed with winning the impersonation wars with Brydon. He's also given a chance to show his "serious acting" credentials -- something he keeps reminding Brydon of throughout -- with a subtle but brilliant display of a man hit with life-changing news. Mortality has always been a preoccupation with the characters in The Trip series, and here we see them face it. Warmer and more affectionate to its characters, The Trip to Greece is a fitting end to a great series of movies and the universal themes will linger long after the journey.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the amount of swearing in The Trip to Greece. Was it necessary to the story? Who do you think the movie's intended audience is? How can you tell?

  • How does Brydon show compassion and empathy during the movie? Why are these important character strengths to have?

  • A refugee camp is a depicted in the movie. What kind of reasons force people to become refugees? What can we do to help them?

  • The Ancient Greek myths are still discussed today. Are they relevant to today's world, and if so, how? Why do we still refer back to old stories?

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