Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis, Jamie Foxx, Matt Walsh, Rza, Danny McBride
Peter is a short-tempered architect who wants to get home in time to witness the birth of his first child. Ethan is a naive wannabe actor who is on his way to Hollywood. This odd couple end up on the no-fly list and are forced to drive together from Atlanta to Los Angeles. If the premise sounds awfully familiar, it’s because John Hughes told more or less the same story in his classic Planes, Trains & Automobiles. The baby’s due date takes the place of Thanksgiving, Robert Downey, Jr. takes the role of the thin uptight guy (I feel sorry for the baby) and Zach Galifianakis plays the likeable but destructive stocky guy. Todd Phillips’ contribution to the formula is to upgrade the gross-out humour and general offensiveness to the 21st century level. The resulting comedy is lazy, predictable and contrived, but with a few enjoyable moments.