Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand Go on the Road in The Guilt Trip
10.03.12 by Ryan
Have Mother, will travel.
The upcoming The Guilt Trip isn't the only comedy about a mother and adult son trying to forge a bond, and no one is more aware of that than director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal). "About the only one that comes to mind is [1996's] Mother," Fletcher said to USA Today of the possible comparison to The Guilt Trip. "I went back and watched it again, just to make sure we didn't do anything similar."
And, in fact, it looks like the movie has more in common with a road trip comedy like Planes, Trains and Automobiles as it sees Seth Rogen play an inventor who decides to bring his mother (Barbra Streisand) along for a cross-country trip where he tries to sell his product. "It's a story about a guy who is trying to not be really annoyed by his mother all the time," said Rogen of the movie, which finally has its first trailer online.
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Fans of Rogen's other efforts might be surprised at the sweeter nature of the movie's humor, which seems to avoid some of the more graphic and frank observational humor of Rogen's movies — that is, until Streisand and Rogen discuss his penis while they sit in a strip club. Rogen typically co-writes most of the movies he's appeared in with writing partner Dan Fogelman, who wrote 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love, a romantic comedy that stayed true to the formula and yet still managed to find a way to be charming and funny anyway. Still, it was the presence of Streisand that tipped the scales for Rogen's participation.
"Barbra was one of the reasons I was interested," Rogen admitted. "If she wasn't in it, I probably wouldn't have done it with someone else. She is going to kill me for saying this, but when you meet her, she acts like a lot of Jewish mothers. I think she is the blueprint for every Jewish mother I've met over the last 30 years."
Rogen's assessment of Streisand's performance can be tested not only in the trailer, but also in a recently released preview clip, which shows more of the scene where Rogen asks Streisand to join him on the road.
Arriving in theaters on December 25, The Guilt Trip co-stars Adam Scott (NBC's Parks and Recreation), Colin Hanks (HBO's Dexter) and Danny Pudi (NBC's Community).