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by Roger Tennis

On CLIPS In December, 2010

Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr.Desperate to get home for his child's birth, a man (Robert Downey Jr.) takes a road trip with an aspiring actor (Zach Galifianakis) in director Todd Phillips' latest comedy.

TRIVIA: Todd Phillips directed what 2000 comedy film about a road trip?

cameracameracamera    (3 CAMS)        RATED R

With his child's birth only a few days away, high-strung expectant father Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) must somehow get from Atlanta to wife Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) in Los Angeles. Having lost his luggage and wallet and being placed on the "no-fly" list, he reluctantly hitches a ride with unstable aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis). And so begins the cross-country trip to disaster. "Due Date" is an entertaining and often hilarious odd couple comedy from director Todd Phillips. Resembling "Planes, Trains And Automobiles", this comic misadventure succeeds thanks to the inspired teaming of the two stars. Robert Downey Jr. is outstanding playing over-reacting straight man to Zach Galifianakis' bumbling moron, who carries his deceased father's ashes in a coffee can and obsesses over acting on "Two And A Half Men". Sight gags and slapstick are plentiful along the journey - including a gross-out involving coffee. Jamie Foxx, Danny McBride and Juliette Lewis are part of a terrific supporting cast who serve as punch lines to the on-screen jokes. Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer also make a brief appearance. While not quite as manic or inventive as director Phillips' "The Hangover", "Due Date" manages to deliver the laughs.


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