Due Date Reviews
It's Downey's signature sarcasm and distinctive slow burn that make the movie. Galifianakis, in a perm that makes for comic gold, plays an expanded version of his Hangover character.
Those hoping for another "Hangover" may be disappointed by Todd Phillips' punch-drunk followup, which is basically "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" for the road-rage generation.
The basic problem is the script, which is credited to three writers plus the director -- seldom a good sign. Never mind that it's a retread of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" minus the trains, and minus John Candy.
This odd-couple comedy reunites Galifianakis with Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover, but don't expect anything like the other movie's novel plotting or wild slapstick.
There is something comically symmetrical about Downey as an expectant dad rehearsing fatherhood with the overgrown boy and Galifianakis as the fatherless son who adopts Downey as his surrogate dad.