Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Tagline: Leave your comfort zone.
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Quick Summary: With the birth of his first child less than a week away, architect Peter Highman must find a way to get from
to Atlanta after he is kicked off of his flight and added to the no-fly list. After leaving his luggage and wallet on the plane, Peter is forced to hitch a ride with Ethan Tremblay, an aspiring actor heading to Los Angeles . Hollywood
I had wanted to see this when it first came out, but just never found the time. Once I saw it on Netflix, I moved it to the top of the queue. Robert Downey Jr.’s career resurgence has been phenomenal. After Tropic Thunder, it was clear to me that he could do comedy, and do it well, I mean, he was nominated for an Oscar for it. So I am at least interested in any movie his is in. On the strength of The Hangover, most any Zach Galifianakis movie is worth a shot in my book. So adding the two, it should be a sure fire hit.
It was funny. It wasn’t nearly as funny as The Hangover or Tropic Thunder, in my opinion, but it certainly had its moments. My favorite being when Galifianakis is talking to his father’s ashes and says “Dad, you were like a father to me.” It took me a second to catch it, and when I did, I couldn’t stop laughing. And that is something that is great about Zach Galifianakis, his delivery is awesome.
There’s not much to say about the supporting cast, as pretty much anyone could fill the other roles, its really all about
, Jr., and Galifianakis. The other big names making appearances could have been anyone else. Neither Jamie Foxx nor Juliette Lewis brought anything special to it, but they didn’t need to. I do like that Todd Phillips puts himself in his movies, usually as a creepy/pervy guy. But this time, he gave himself a little bit more of a role, not much, but still more than the others. Downey
If I am ranking Todd Phillips’ movies from top to bottom, it would go like this: Old School, The Hangover, Due Date, Road Trip and Starsky and Hutch. So Due Date falls directly in the middle. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, except for Starsky and Hutch, which was a completely unnecessary remake, but it still had some laughs…
So it wasn’t Todd Phillips best movie, but the real question is: Was it better than Avatar?
Yes. It’s worth watching.