I have to say I had very high hopes for this movie. Zach Galifianakis made The Hangover the bizarre offbeat comedy that it is, and Robert Downey Jr. is currently experiencing a career high no controlled substance could ever provide. That said, my two biggest fears about this movie came true. One: It is so similar to Planes, Trains and Automobiles that they may as well just have remade the classic. Two: All the funny stuff in the film is in the trailer.
Peter Highman (Downey) is flying back to L.A. from a business trip in Atlanta to get home just in time for his wife to give birth. In the airport he bumps into Ethan (Galifianakis), a boundary-less wannabe actor whose casual comments about terrorism and bombs get both Ethan and Peter, by association, put on a no-fly list. Peter has no money and no I.D. and is at the mercy of Ethan to drive him to LA. And there you have it: a rage-prone, short-fused, mainstream straight man (in a comedy sense) trapped in a Subaru for 72 hours with a delusional, overly inquisitive nonconformist. It’s a recipe for disaster, and disaster comes.
When people ask me what I thought of this movie, I give them a shrug. It’s well-acted, funny and weird. It’s also slow, implausible and off-balance. Yes, I’m glad I saw it, but there wasn’t anywhere near $10 worth of laughs in it. The good news is, it’s a nice buddy comedy in the spirit of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The bad news is, it pales in comparison.