Premiering Saturday night on Cinemax was 2010’s “Due Date”, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zack Galifianakis.
In it, Downey plays a man who needs to fly home for the birth of his first child. But after an incident prior to take-off where he and Galifianakis are mistaken for terrorists, both are forced off the plane and put on the no fly list. As Downey’s character is unable to take his bags off the plane prior to take off, he has no ID and no money with which to rent a car. Enter Galifianakis, who he already can’t stand due to the aforementioned “incident”, but who happens to be also headed to Los Angeles. Downey begrudgingly accepts his offer of a ride and they embark together on an uncomfortable cross country journey.
Comedy occasionally ensues.
Downey is an uptight business man. Galifianakis plays a skin crawling annoyance who won’t stop talking and says stupid things constantly. Together, they occasionally come out with some funny things, but frequently they rub you the wrong way. The movie completely hamstrings Downey, who is a talented comedian, by making him an ill tempered, angry straight man. He should be the guy you get behind and root for in the film, but he’s pretty unlikeable. Galifianakis has his typical offbeat sensibilities, except with the annoyance factor cranked to ten. The problem with drawing comedy from annoyance is if it doesn’t wind up being funny, it actually winds up being annoying.
There were some decent moments, and some pretty good lines here and there, but for the most part, I didn’t find myself having too much fun with it.