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on 28 November 2013
Ask yourself:

1. Do you like Streisand and enjoy comedies Rogan stars in?
2. Do you have a free lazy afternoon and don't want to think too much?
3. Do you understand that "The Guilt Trip" is a comedy, not a contender for an Oscar?

Then you will enjoy this film. "The Guilt Trip" is not great, but it is not horrible, either. It's the sort of film that you can easily watch while being sick at home (exactly what I did), relying on Barbara Streisand to pull you out of your misery. And she does. Once a great Hollywood maverick, Streisand is still a great pleasure to watch (even when she plays stereotypical Jewish mother in not the cleverest comedy around). Not to narrate the full film, this is a journey (both in literal and metaphorical sense) that brings mother and son together. More often than not, the film turns away from the comedy in favour of a charming and emotionally substantial portrait of the family.

The film never quite brings on the loud laughs, but there is a constant sharp-tongued dialogue between the two leads, and, I am sorry for repeating myself, Streisand almost always steals the show. She is still the most natural comic.

At least three stars.
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