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Stretching from the 1970s to the 1990s, The Trip chronicles the often turbulent romance between two gay men. One night in 1973, teenagers Tommy (Steve Braun) and Alan (Larry Sullivan) meet at an L.A. party. While Tommy is openly gay and organizes for gay civil rights, Alan, an aspiring journalist, is a repressed, button-down member of the Young Republicans who is working on his first book, a thick volume about the evils of homosexuality. On the pretext of interviewing him for his book, Alan invites Tommy to his house for dinner, where the sexual tension between the two is so throbbingly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite its flaws, it eventually gets under your skin and is sweetly moving."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"By the time it's over you'll be able to fill a bumper sticker with everything you've learned."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"doesn't insult your intelligence or rely strictly on clich to gain a few knowing chuckles"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Pack your sequined T-shirts, your favorite bell-bottoms, and a sturdy houseplant and get ready to take a sentimental trip with two guys who will first have you laughing and then shedding a tear or two."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"The acting in The Trip is inconsistent, and I didn't really buy the conflict at its heart, but it's a big-hearted movie."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"There is absolutely nothing that hasn't been said more compellingly and originally somewhere else, and said often."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The screenplay has huge holes, character motivations are inexplicable, the tone switches from serious to loopy and back to serious, and the editing is choppy and uneven."
‑ Charles Ealy, Dallas Morning News
"It's ... drenched in melodrama, saddled with a forced plot and surrounded by so many character stereotypes that the film almost becomes self-parody."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"For a film with so many problems, it is awfully hard to dislike."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The movie's strength is the rapport between the two appealing leads. It's hurt, though, by shifts in structure and tone."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The story's third-act detour into tragedy is predictable and unwelcome, providing a resolution that is too pat and familiar to be moving."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The Trip almost dares you not to like it, even when its script heads in all the wrong directions."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"There are a couple of good aspects to "The Trip," particularly Steve Braun's performance, that will appeal to its niche audience."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The soft personal story is caught between history, including the coming of AIDS, and Swain's reach for sitcom bitchiness and final pathos indebted to Midnight Cowboy."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The Trip handles some of its seriocomic moments awkwardly... but, anchored by solid acting and deftly managed scenes, it's a project that bodes well for nearly all the young talent involved."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
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