This is a very complicated movie so let me break it down for you: it's screamingly funny and Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis are perfect for their characters. I lied; this is not a complicated movie.
Peter Highman (Downey Jr.) the architect is in Atlanta for business and he needs to get home pronto because his wife is about to give birth to their first child. Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) is a jolly, goofball out-of-work actor that literally bumps into Peter in the Atlanta airport, and in short order the two of them are on the "no fly" list and kicked off the plane. Now this very odd couple must get to Los Angeles via cars, trucks, and other modes.
Hmmm. Doesn't this sound a lot like the 1987 classic "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" starring Steve Martin (Neal) and John Candy (Del)? Well, yes it does, but don't let that bother you because much to my surprise, Peter and Ethan are as charming, hilarious, and complicated as Neal and Del.
There's that word again: complicated. I didn't mean to imply that the plot or the story is complicated, but there are many layers of the onion that need to be peeled back in order to arrive at the true hearts and souls of our two heroes, err losers. No, loser is not right either. Perhaps wounded and vulnerable? Sad and pathetic? I know; two guys just trying to get through life the best way they know how.
The film is directed and co-written by Todd "Hangover" Phillips and he has once again shown his comedic genius. The gags and one-liners are sprinkled throughout the movie. I started laughing in the first scenes and never stopped. This movie is near faultless in reaching its goal: take two great actors, give them a witty script, and have some fun with it. I'm smiling now.
I've been on a roll lately in awarding the "big winner" award to someone connected to my most recent movie experience and this is no exception. The big winner is... drum roll: Zach Galifianakis; he has consistently been funny in his latest movies - "Hangover," "It's Kind of a Funny Story," and "Dinner for Schmucks," but he has never played the big dog. And he was opposite the brilliant Robert Downey Jr and held his own, thank you very much. Soon, people will even know how to pronounce his last name.
This flick is not for young people which is too bad because it's so funny, but the sex, drugs, and F-bombs give it a rating of R. So, if you are a degenerate and want a good laugh, go see "Due Date" and take a date. Rock 'n Roll.