Didn't expect much but this was worse than expected. A poor attempt at a remake of Planes, Trains & Automobiles that tries to cash in on the success of The Hangover. Galifianakis plays the exact same character! & the whole thing with Jamie Foxx seemed a bit pointless & thrown in there to kill time.
Galifianakis and Phillips try to re-capture lightning in a bottle by giving Zach basically the same character and making him do socially awkward and weird things all over again! It's more fun than that sounds, but not by much. While the film is staggeringly unoriginal in its unabashed ripping-off of Planes, Trains & Automobiles, there are a few brilliant sequences keeping it afloat. Phillips again tries to build a movie around unlikeable characters, but this isn't as contemptible as Hangover 2.
Typical straight-man/funny-man comedy formula. Oddly reminds me of Date Night. Both have well-established comedy actors, both have Date in the title, both came out in 2010, and both have very similar-looking posters. The main difference is that this poster has two men on it.
I just can't believe how this didn't work: a great pair of actors, a good director... I guess it lacked a consistent script, I don't know, or Todd Phillips was complacent while directing these guys. I don't know. But this is really bad -- despite its great choice of songs.
Summary: Robery Downey Jr. is forced to hitch a ride with Zach Galifianakis due to a predictable script; things happen - some of which moderately amusing, all of which contrived. I do always love Michelle Monaghan and I didn't actually know she was in it going in so that was a pleasant surprise.
There are a couple hilarious moments, but the inconsistencies took away from the enjoyment. For instance, Peter's gigantic mood swings can only be explained by an unmentioned bipolar disorder. Plus, what happened to the the cops, or Foxx's character who said he was going to LA? Bottom line: enjoy the good jokes and ignore the mediocre filler in-between.
Wow, people hated this movie. I deliberately didn't see it because of the awful trailers in 2010, but I saw it on television recently and I thought it was funny. It's Todd Phillips, and as far as Todd Phillips goes it's good. It doesn't necessarily break any new ground, but Robert Downey and Zach Galifanakis are each strong performers to carry the movie. It's funny, what do you want?
"Trains, Planes and Automobiles" with dumber jokes and lacking an emotional core (though not for lack of trying). If they wanted us to sympathise with Ethan, they should have given him at least one redeeming quality.
A roller coaster of good and bad moments. Among the good, the performances of Downey Jr. and Galifianakis in hilarious and memorable scenes (the coffee "daddy"; asleep at the wheel; ride in Mexico, and others) and the awesome soundtrack. Among the bad, the predictability of the story and old jokes about pot. masturbation and ugly dogs.
This was good, should have been great due in part to its normally hugely charismatic and funny leads. It's hardly original, Downey Jr. is playing Tony Stark without the suit and Galifianakis is playing Alan, but it definitely has its moments and it's nice to see a modern comedy that isn't completely profanity ridden. Also features the Devil, AKA Two and a Half Men. Update: it's a shot for shot remake of PT&A with minor changes. Soundtrack is still awesome though.