'The Guilt Trip'
Destination: A conference in Las Vegas and, ultimately, a stop in San Francisco where Joyce Brewster's (Barbra Streisand) onetime love Andrew Margolis lives. Her son Andy (Seth Rogen) drives out with her to stage a reunion with the elusive man.
Obstacles in the way: Besides a torturously monotone audiobook of "Middlesex," the journey of Andy and Joyce is filled with nuisances. Joyce calls Andy's ex and attempts to get them back together, Andy loses a major deal.
Low point in the journey: Andy and Joyce have a major blowup that culminates in Joyce screaming "You don't have to like me or spend time with me, but as long as I'm your mother, you will treat me with respect. Now drink your f*cking water before you die of dehydration."
Outcome: Their mother-son connection is rekindled and it feels earned. Pretty rare for a light road trip comedy.
- Louis Virtel