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Funny...but in a different way.
I'm a long time Hitchhiker fan, and I laughed my head off. But I laughed at jokes that didn't seem too Douglas Adams-like. There were some Douglas Adams jokes, but a lot of it seemed like a combination of Jerry Zucker and Andy Breckman mixed with Douglas Adams with a dash of Mel Brooks. So, pretty much, on its own, the film stands as real funny, but if you were to put it through a filter that would only leave Adamsesque humor, you would be disappointed.
The plot has been butchered from the book, but not in a bad way, but not in a good way either. It really is a mediocre plot change, doesn't help anything, but doesn't hurt. The first 20 minutes and the last 20 are pretty close to the book but the middle hour has gone topsy turvy. I must also note that the ending is very well done, despite its slight deviation from the book, it really does give it a more theatrical sense.
Martin Freeman is satisfactory but hard to connect with, as you did in the TV series. Mos Def is surprisingly funny, but not in the way David Dixon was, its a completely new Ford and I like him. Sam Rockwell has displayed some great work here as well. Zooey? I wasn't a fan. I think she is attractive and not that bad of an actress, but her acting was sub-par. To her benefit though, her non-verbal acting was interesting, just don't expect any awards for her. The voices were spectacular, including Alan Rickman and Bill Bailey's hilarious turn as a water mammal.
Overall, if you go in expecting pure Adams, I don't think you'll be happy, so take what it is. If you're going in as an Adams Virgin, you'll enjoy it, as long as you let the lunacy take you over, and you don't ask questions like "Wait...why doesn't this follow the typical three act structure?"