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Seth Rogan and Barbra StreisandInventor Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) takes his mother Joyce (Barbra Streisand) on a cross-country business road trip.

TRIVIA: Barbra Streisand took home the Best Actress award for her performance in what 1968 film classic?

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Inventor Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) heads out on a cross-country road trip to find a sponsor for his product. Along for the ride is his mother Joyce (Barbra Streisand). A generational clash is in their future. "The Guilt Trip" is an engaging and funny look at family relationships. Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen make a terrific screen couple. Director Anne Fletcher ("The Proposal") and writer Dan Fogelman find the perfect mix of laughs and lighthearted drama, while keeping the gross-out humor to a minimum. Surprisingly, Mr. Rogen proves to be a fine comedic actor - even without the bathroom jokes. With a commanding presence, Ms. Streisand is a delight to behold. As a father who has witnessed many conversations between my wife and adult son, this true-to-life comedy is absolutely the best of its kind in decades. The two stars are so believable as mother and son that it's scary. It was easy to picture my spouse and grown child on this trip. Outrageous situations, including a tire problem near a strip joint, take a back seat to the witty and heart-tugging conversations during the journey. Kathy Najimy, Brett Cullen, Colin Hanks and Adam Scott are among the supporting players in minor roles that serve to advance the simple, but enjoyable plot. The studio should have opened this gem around Mother's Day. An inventive and appealing buddy flick, "The Guilt Trip" never veers off the road.