Friday, November 5, 2010
Quick Bite: Due Date
Thrown together by a convoluted scenario not worth rehashing, two strangers, Ethan (Galifianakis) and Peter (Downey, Jr.), commence on a near penniless road trip from Atlanta to LA with the hopes of arriving in time for Peter’s wife’s scheduled Caesarian and the birth of his first child. Ethan is an uneven character, and not one of Galifianakis’ better performances. Let’s hope he regains his balance, because frankly, I love that guy. Downey, Jr. as Ethan struggles admirably to listen to his stunted conscience in the midst of the most annoying human he’s ever met, but Peter and Ethan’s imminent consummation is no reward for sitting through serious car crashes, standard pot-smoking jokes and Ethan’s sassy walk and French bulldog which are supposed to make us think he’s gay or something…and “joke” ends there. The script is padded with literary references and some OK stuff (Ethan: “I have 90 friends on Facebook, but 12 are pending”) and Ethan’s character does run a 2 ½ Men fan site which is an amusing concept because that is the worst show ever created, but it’s not enough to make the flick more than merely tolerable at times. Peter relays some advice to Ethan concerning his unrealistic aspirations to “make it” in Hollywood, “Pray you avoid it.” Unfortunately, that also applies to this disappointing and lifeless road trip romp.
Have a good weekend, everybody!