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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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Alan R. Cohen (screenplay), Alan Freedland (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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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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"If there's a hell, I'm already in it." See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

DIRECTOR CAMEO (Todd Phillips): As Barry, the man in Juliette Lewis' house. See more »

Goofs

As they are crossing into CA on I-40, a small "Welcome to California" sign can be seen on the side of the road. The border between California and Arizona is actually the Topock gorge on the Colorado River and drivers cross into CA over the very high Topock Bridge. 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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Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Sweet Jane
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by Cowboy Junkies
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label and Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Hilarious
7 January 2012 | by fischermotoSee all my reviews

Zach Galifianakis is so funny in this movie. The complaints about the stale plot, the ridiculousness of the characters' behavior, or the failure of the characters to garner a connection with the other reviewers- or to inspire love or empathy- may all be valid points. I didn't find this to be true, but one could see how others would make the case that the film was nothing special. Nevertheless, I just laughed hard and frequently at Zach Galifianakis throughout. 10 stars. That's all, I am adding lines because they have a minimum of 10 lines. I am not Gene Siskel. Just recommending a comedy; people take insignificant things too seriously


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