Condensed from the recent, six-episode BBC series of the same name, the improv comedy
casts Steve Coogan (The Other Guys) and Rob Brydon (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) as themselves, more or less. Steves tasked with taking a road trip to write about some fine dining spots along the English countryside, and because hes having troubles with the girlfriend (Margo Stilley, the awkwardly Googleable 9 Songs), he invites Rob to take her platonic place.
With Rob getting on Steves nerves from the outset, an amusing tour is assured, where the two discuss everything from receding gums to opium and eulogies. Its not a rollicking ride, however; it even takes detours into underplayed dramatics.
Shot in catch-as-catch-can style by Michael Winterbottom (the Okie-lensed The Killer Inside Me), its brightest moments and biggest laughs come from two sets of recurring scenes. In one, the guys attempt to outdo one another with celebrity impressions, including Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Hugh Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Woody Allen, Al Pacino and the Swedish Chef from The Muppets. Most memorable is their duel of Michael Caines.
Comprising the other set are their seemingly on-the-fly comments on the oft-pretentious dishes theyre served, from pigeon to truffle ravioli. Coogan excels especially: Duck-fat lolly ... why not? and The consistency is a bit like snot, but ... it tastes delicious.
Sure does! Rod Lott