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The Guilt Trip: Popcorn comedy

Seth Rogen is Andrew Brewster and Barbra Streisand is Joyce Brewster in THE GUILT TRIP. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Seth Rogen is Andrew Brewster and Barbra Streisand is Joyce Brewster in THE GUILT TRIP. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Moms have a way of loving you… sometimes too much… sometimes to the point of irritation. No matter how much we would like to move to the Arctic to gain freedom from their perpetual nagging, in the end we always succumb to the truth that they always have our best interests at heart.

The Guilt Trip tells the story of an overbearing, but loving, mother whose son takes her on a cross country road trip while he attempts to sell his revolutionary invention to big retailers.

The Guilt Trip 2The screenplay features a large variety of gags ranging from fun to outright hilarious. The filmmakers removed any cultural references to make this movie accessible to all, which is welcome yet unexpected seeing as the two leading stars are hilarious Jewish actors.

On another note, the story doesn’t reach for anything worth mentioning and follows very basic themes. If the cast wasn’t as good they are, this would have been a very… very bad film.

The Guilt Trip 4Barbara Streisand hasn’t had a leading role since Meet the Focker’s (2004), but she hasn’t lost her stride. Streisand and Seth Rogen have great chemistry as a mother and son duo. Both have great comedic energy and play off of each other quite naturally.

The Guilt Trip 3Basically, it’s the perfect hour and a half escape from your relatives who are bound to tug on your last nerve during the holidays.

Bottom Line: Popcorn comedy de jour. Have some laughs then move onto bigger things.
Grade B-

Runtime: 95 minutes
3D: No

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope: Superheroes, and comics, and fanatics… OH MY!

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is available on Blu Ray + DVD Combo on July 10th. Courtesy of eOne Media

Let’s face it, when you hear about a comic book convention the first thing that comes to mind are socially inept guys who never leave their basements. These thoughts must go into overdrive for Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world. What we don’t think about is the art, passion and fun that can be had in this multi-faceted gathering. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope takes us behind the scenes to view the lives of different attendees and how this great event affects them.

Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, Harry Knowles, the father of Marvel Comics Stan Lee, and a host of artists, actors and enthusiasts give us a look at different aspects that encompass the 43 year old extravaganza by focusing on a handful of visitors.

Director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) delivers the event in all of its glory, and intersperses intimate interviews with a variety of industry professionals.

To accompany the beautifully shot feature, the Blu Ray + DVD combo pack holds a few tantalizing special features. To start, Morgan Spurlock takes you behind the scenes into what led up to the conceptualizing of the documentary. Next are a set of Deleted Scenes that are interesting however varying in volume, so keep your remote handy. Last, but not least, are a series of intimate interviews with Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Ellen Page, Harry Knowles and many more. Definitely worth checking out!

Bottom Line: As a fan of Comic-Con or comics in general, this is an absolute must see! If you’re unfamiliar with the art form, this is an eye-opening look at a world you’ll be unexpectedly drawn into.

Movie Grade A-
Blu Ray Grade A-

Runtime: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1