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Due Date

Year: 2010
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Todd Phillips
Producer: Todd Phillips
Writer: Todd Phillips
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Zach Galifiniakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, Danny McBride, RZA

If someone hadn't mentioned Planes, Trains and Automobiles before I saw this movie, I'm sure I would have thought of it partway through.

The pairing of Galifianakis and Downey Jr is quite inspired but I got a real sense that only for former was really trying here. Downey Jr's sardonic, angry middle aged man shtick is starting to wear a little thin and what worked amid the manic energy of the Iron Man films just makes him hard to like here.

He plays a regular guy, the straight man to Galifianakiss comic foil when the latter gets him thrown off a plane and barred from flying when his wife's about to give birth to their child. So he has no choice but to hitch a ride with the bumbling man-boy in a rental car all the way across the country and the expected comic hi-jinks ensue.

Some trailer-worthy moments provide genuine laughs and Hangover writer/director Phillips has a good sense of timing as he swings between the obtusely comic and the sad and heartfelt, but it lags at times.

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