The Trip parents guide

The Trip Parent Guide

The move nails the horror but fails at the comedy.

Overall D

Netflix: In this Norwegian thriller, a couple head off for a holiday in their cabin. But their plans are more homicidal than amorous.

Release date October 15, 2021

Violence D
Sexual Content D
Profanity D
Substance Use B

Why is The Trip rated TV-MA? The MPAA rated The Trip TV-MA

Run Time: 103 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Lars (Aksel Hennie) and Lisa (Noomi Rapace) have a struggling marriage, as well as problems in their professional lives. In an effort to get away and reconnect, they decide to spend a few days in their remote cabin. Unbeknownst to their spouse, both Lisa and Lars have a plan to kill the other. But when their plans start to go awry, the pair realize they have an even bigger danger to face.

Horror and comedy are two genres that have potential to mix well, and there are many times when they have. The Trip tries to be a dark comedy while also attempting to be an ultra-violent home invasion story, and unfortunately, I don’t think the tone quite lands. The first half or so of the runtime is expertly done. The writing is clever and well thought out, and the comedy, though dark, lands. The characters are well established and multi-layered, and the plot has enough twists to keep the audience guessing. If the film had continued in this vein, this would have been an outstanding production. Disappointingly, the story falls apart just past the halfway mark and devolves into a barely strung together series of violent vignettes. The characters and humor are forgotten in favor of excessive blood and gore.

I think it should be obvious by now, but this is not a film for people with weak stomachs, or who are sensitive to swearing. I believe this production beats my past personal record for most F-bombs in one sitting, coming in at approximately 90. I won’t belabor the point about the level of violence, but it is graphic and gory. For those reasons, on top of the jarring tone and uneven writing, I don’t recommend The Trip for general audiences, or even for horror aficionados.

Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Starring Noomi Rapace, Aksel Hennie, Andre Eriksen. Running time: 103 minutes. Theatrical release October 15, 2021. Updated

The Trip
Rating & Content Info

Why is The Trip rated TV-MA? The Trip is rated TV-MA by the MPAA

Violence: Explicit violence and gore throughout, including people being shot, knocked out, having bones broken, stabbed, sliced, hit by a car, knocked unconscious, punched, kicked, and bit. Guns and knives are used throughout, as well as more creative weapons such as shovels, billiard balls, lawnmower blades, a boat engine, and fishing hooks.
Sexual Content: A woman admits to cheating on her husband. A couple discuss their sex life. Sexual innuendos. In an extended scene, a man attempts to rape another man, the visuals are accompanied by discussion of what is about to happen. The assailant is stopped before the act can happen, and there is no nudity. A woman is threatened with rape. A man asks a woman to show him her breasts.
Profanity: In the English subtitles, around 90 uses of extreme expletives, 50 mild and moderate expletives, and 15 uses of terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults characters are seen drinking in multiple scenes. A man smokes a cigarette.

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The Trip Parents' Guide

Why are Lars and Lisa unhappy in their marriage? How do they treat each other and how does that affect their relationship?

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Horror comedies are rarely family friendly, but some are of better production quality than The Trip. If you’re looking for a quirkier and more clever horror flick, you can try Werewolves Within, The Dead Don’t Die, Willy’s Wonderland, and Freaky.