The road trip version of the Odd Couple is the best way to describe this Robert Downey Jr/Zach Galifianakis vehicle. Or a poor attempt at redoing Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Starsky & Hutch – 2004) is a director who makes films that feature crude humour. That is his comfort zone. It is no different here with Downey Jr. playing straight man to Galifianakis’s crazed character. What happens when you throw together two opposites into the confined space of a car over the course of a road trip of thousands of miles? Watch and find out.
In Atlanta when he finds out that his wife (Michelle Monaghan – Gone Baby Gone, Eagle Eye) is going to have their first baby in five days, uptight architect Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes) tries to get a flight across the country to Los Angeles. A mix up ensues, he is arrested by an Air Marshall (Matt Walsh – Old School, Cyrus) and his wallet and luggage are sent to Los Angeles without him. He also discovers that he is now on a no-fly list. Without money or a means of transportation it seems like Peter is going to miss the birth.
They say that desperate times calls for desperate measures, so Peter goes against his better judgment and accepts a lift with the very strange and annoying wannabe actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover, Dinner for Schmucks). Ethan was in Atlanta for his father’s funeral and now is driving to the Grand Canyon to spread his ashes there. Over the course of this long road trip Peter gets into an accident in which he is hurt, begins to believe that his wife is having an affair with Darryl (Jamie Foxx – Ray, Dreamgirls) and is chased by Mexican police.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles did this whole shtick and better! That is not to say that you won’t get any enjoyment from Due Date. There are some funny sequences in it. Though I feel it is my duty to warn you that it is more stupid than silly humour.
The major problem that kept me from enjoying the film more was the fact that the two main characters are not very likable. RDJ’s Peter is wound tighter than a drum and is just plain obnoxious. I found it hard to believe that a guy like this would make such an effort to get home for the birth of his child. Zach Galifianakis is doing yet another version of the weird/loser character he has done in several films. This time he is sooooo over the top that you cannot take him seriously. I thought that this type of character (a la John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles) was supposed to be sympathetic? Galifianakis’s Ethan is mean and such a complete slob/mess that he ended up just aggravating me. Plus he is obsessed with the show “Two and a Half Men” and that is just yucky.
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-The Complete Two and a Half Men Scene