The Trip to Spain is the third movie in a series by director Michael Winterbottom and writers and stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, in which the two comics play lightly fictionalized versions of themselves traveling around various countries working a cushy gig for the New York Times and the Guardian by reviewing the finest restaurants. This movie was featured at the recent Film Feast at the Modern, but here’s your chance to catch it again.
The film is more than just a chance for the ultra-serious Winterbottom to indulge his lighter side. It’s a commentary on male friendship, as the tension between married father of two Rob and the more successful Steve livens up their conversations as they critique each other’s impressions of Mick Jagger and Russell Brand. Steve’s insecurity leads him to bring up his Oscar nominations for Philomena at every turn, and even if you find the comedy not as high as in The Trip or The Trip to Italy (though there is a hellacious twist ending here), you can still drool over the dishes at Seville’s La Posada del Laurel or San Sebastián’s Asador Etxebarri, where Steve encounters a house-churned goat butter that he calls “life-affirming.” This movie will point you where to eat in Spain, or at least to the nearest tapas place.
The Trip to Spain runs Fri-Sun at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $7-9. Call 817-738-9215.