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High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time.

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Todd Phillips

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Peter Highman
Zach Galifianakis ... Ethan Tremblay
Michelle Monaghan ... Sarah Highman
Jamie Foxx ... Darryl
Juliette Lewis ... Heidi
Danny McBride ... Lonnie
RZA ... Airport Screener
Matt Walsh ... TSA Agent
Brody Stevens ... Limo Driver
Jakob Ulrich Jakob Ulrich ... Patrick
Naiia Ulrich Naiia Ulrich ... Alex
Todd Phillips ... Barry
Bobby Tisdale ... Carl
Sharon Conley ... Airport X-Ray (as Sharon Morris)
Nathalie Fay ... Flight Attendant
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Storyline

In Atlanta on business, straight-laced and overly analytical architect Peter Highman is flying home to Los Angeles and his wife Sarah for the imminent birth of their first child. However, traveling by plane no longer becomes an option when he and a fellow passenger, aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay, are kicked off the plane, which was caused by Ethan's social inappropriateness, due to being generally unaware, exacerbated by Peter's temper at a situation against his sensibilities. Peter, who ends up without money or his suitcase, is forced to accept Ethan's offer of a shared car ride to Los Angeles, Ethan who is looking for his big acting break. For Peter, this partnership is one made in hell, but he feels he has no other choice. Peter obviously wants to take as direct and as quick a route as possible, while he is at Ethan's mercy as the person with the driver's license, car rental and money. They get into one misadventure after another on this trip, with the same issue at each ... Written by Huggo

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"Dad... you were like a father to me." See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo un parto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,689,406, 7 November 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,539,043, 27 January 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,780,824, 27 January 2011
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On Access Hollywood (1996) to promote the film, Robert Downey, Jr. said that working on this film was his "most glorious experience" in all his career. See more »

Goofs

Ethan pronounces his last name the way it is spelled. However, the correct pronunciation of "Tremblay" is "TROMblay." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peter Highman: I just had the strangest dream. It's Friday. We're at the hospital. But it's not a hospital, it's a, a, a forest of sorts. And I know that because right next to you there's a bear. A grizzly, cooling his feet in a stream. And all of a sudden, you begin to deliver, and I can't get to you. But the bear can. And the next thing I know, he is holding our beautiful baby boy. And here's where it gets odd. Uh, he chews the cord. But, strangely, I'm okay with it. That's gotta be a good sign.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.22 (2010) See more »

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This Is Why I'm Hot
Written by Mims (as Shawn Mims), Prodigy (as Albert Johnson), Curtis Lundy, Danny Schofield, Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons, E-40 (as Earl Stevens), Lil Jon (as Jonathan Smith), Havoc (as Kejuan Muchita), Leon Haywood, Thomas Simons, Winston Thomas and Charles Williams
Performed by Mims (as MIMS)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Contains the sample "Walk With Me"
Performed by The Arc Choir (as The ARC Choir)
Courtesy of Mapleshade Records
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Laughs throughout
26 October 2010 | by shuffleboardSee all my reviews

I've been very interested in watching this movie ever since I found out about it. I was a fan of Todd Phillips' The Hangover and through that I loved Zach Galifianakis. Robert Downey Jr. always does solid work. Through all of that I had high expectations and as with all expectations there is always a risk that they will not be met.

I caught a pre-screening of this in Michigan and it was highly entertaining. It's up to par with The Hangover to me and more meaningful. There were more sentimental moments here than in Phillips' last movie and the humor doesn't rely as much on gross-outs and raunchiness.

The cinema was laughing throughout the movie. It's not an original idea (comparisons with Planes, Trains, and Automobiles are inevitable) but it was more than satisfying. I say it's the funniest movie of the year but I haven't seen all the comedies released this year.

Highly recommended.


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