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Their unlikely mother-son pairing is surprisingly poignant and funny

By DannyMiller Dec 18, 2012 2:55PM

When I first heard that Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen were starring in a film together, I was intrigued. How would their different comedy styles work together? Would Rogen’s deadpan comedy meld with the talents of this legendary performer, the only woman to win not only multiple Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and Tonys but also a Peabody Award, an American Film Institute award, and a Kennedy Center Honor? But within a few minutes of watching Anne Fletcher’s funny new film, “The Guilt Trip,” I completely believed that Streisand and Rogen were mother and son. Streisand’s status as one of the most successful performers in entertainment history faded away and I laughed as she dispensed her mother’s wisdom and agreed to accompany Rogen on a cross-country trip.

 

Dan Fogelman’s script has plenty of laughs but is also very moving and real—one of the best movies I’ve seen about mothers and their adult sons. It clearly shows how much love can exist between people who drive each other absolutely nuts! Fogelman based the story on an actual road trip he took with his mother. The authentic emotions under the laughs appealed to Streisand, herself the mother of an adult son, so she agreed to take the part, especially after the urging of director Anne Fletcher  who couldn’t imagine anyone else as Joyce Brewster. This is Streisand’s first starring role in 16 years, since she directed and appeared in “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”

 

To capitalize on the film’s mother-son theme, journalists were asked to bring their own mothers to interview the pair. I can only imagine the reaction my Streisand-obsessed Jewish mother would have had to that invitation. Before she died in 1999, she was all about Barbra. Her favorite movies were “Yentl” and “The Prince of Tides,” she saw Barbra perform at Mr. Kelly’s in Chicago in the early 1960s, and she traveled to New York in 1964 to see her in the stage version of “Funny Girl” at the Winter Garden Theatre. 


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My mother-in-law, novelist Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, has also been a fan since Streisand’s earliest days in New York, and was thrilled to accompany me to the interview. As we sat waiting to talk to the actors, we chatted with the other mothers, many of whom were nervous about attending their first press event, much less getting the rare chance to meet Streisand in the flesh. As each mother left Barbra’s hotel room, they were glowing. “She’s seems like such a normal person!” they exclaimed. “She’s so nice! It was like talking to a friend!”

 

As my mother-in-law and I sat down to chat with Barbra and Seth, I noticed how the two stars interacted with each other, sharing little jokes, disagreeing, and ribbing each other good-naturedly—just like mother and son! Despite her fame, Streisand does have a knack for putting her fawning admirers at ease. I felt that when I began the interview by calling Seth Rogen her daughter! I’d like to blame that word slip on my mother, bursting through from the other side to make an impression on her lifelong idol. It's funny—before seeing this film, I thought I'd relate far more to Seth Rogen's Andy Brewster, but, despite Barbra's character's embarrassing comments and her occasional smothering, I found myself agreeing with almost all of her advice to her son. Okay, mom. You win! 

 

Take a look at a bit of our conversation and some clips from “The Guilt Trip” after the break.

 

Enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray

By MSN Movies Thu 8:08 AM

By Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

A mischievous squirrell is on a mission to find hte tastiest nuts for winter in this action-packed animated comedy.

 

A movie for the whole family, includes the voices of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph.

 

You can now watch the fun-filled adventure unfold on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

To celebrate the release, you can enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack.


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"The Nut Job" is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 

 

Enter to win a movie prize pack

By MSN Movies Wed 8:05 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

Inspired by true events, a professor and a team of University students outside of London conduct an "experiment" on a young girl who holds unspeakable secrets and dark forces. What they uncover is more terrifying than any of them expected.

 

To celebrate the upcoming release of "The Quiet Ones" one lucky winner will be selected to win a movie prize pack which includes a T-shirt, movie poster, an Amazon gift card and more!

 

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Watch the horror unfold when "The Quiet Ones" opens in theaters April 25.

 

 

Enter to win a Sony HD Memory Action Camcorder

By MSN Movies Apr 10, 2014 9:24AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media

 

Horror unfolds for the Russell family as the siblings Tim and Kaylie try to uncover the supernatural force that caused the death of their parents. An antique mirror holds the key to the answers they've been looking for but will their reality be shattered once again by terrifying events that will unfold?

 

Experience the horror of "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

In the meantime, to celebrate the release, we're giving away a Sony HD Flash Memory Action Camcorder to one lucky fan! Here's how to enter.

 

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Yes, it's that easy. Good luck and be sure to check out "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

 

 

Courtesy of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,' one lucky winner will be selected

By MSN Movies Apr 8, 2014 8:14AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Home Media Distribution

 

You can now experience the horror and black magic of "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" as the shocking extended version is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, intense new footage not seen in theaters!

 

This new chapter in the series takes the phenomenal horror franchise to new hights set in a gritty urban environment.

 

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Yes, it's that easy.  Good luck and be sure to check out "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" on digital, Blu-ray and DVD!

 

 

 

 

An inside look at a Hobbit's journey

By MSN Movies Apr 7, 2014 7:53AM

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Get an inside look at the characters and the mystery of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" through this exclusive infographic and enjoy the adventure as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is out on Blu-ray and digital HD on April 8.

 

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Enter to win an Xbox One console!

By MSN Movies Mar 11, 2014 8:31AM

Paramount Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd return to take the news world by storm in the outrageous comedy "Anchorman 2." After losing his job to his wife, Ron Burgundy reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Watch the comedy unfold as "Anchorman 2" is now available on digital release.

 

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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive behind the scenes look at "Anchorman 2."

 

Tyler Perry's latest film hits theaters March 14

By MSN Movies Mar 10, 2014 8:15AM

Lionsgate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

In this latest Tyler Perry film, five single moms come together to find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood. Through their bond, they learn to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way as single moms.

 

To celebrate the release of "The Single Mom's Club" we're giving away a fun movie prize pack to one lucky fan!  Enter to win and be sure to check out "The Single Moms Club" when it hits theaters on March 14.

 

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Oscar nominated film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney now available on DVD

By MSN Movies Feb 24, 2014 8:47AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Disaster strikes as Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). Left alone, Dr. Stone in the darkness must try to figure out a way back to Earth.

 

Experience this space brilliant and critically acclaimed space adventure as the Oscar nominated film for Best Picture hits Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25. To celebrate the release we're giving away a copy of the movie to one lucky fan!

 

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"Gravity" is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25.

 

 
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