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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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Taglines:

"Get that dog out of my face or I'll rip it in half." See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Ethan (Zach Galifianakis) talks up his Two and a Half Men (2003) fan site. The site existed at the time at itsrainingtwoandahalfmen.com. See more »

Goofs

At 34:04 in the movie Ethan is opening a bottle of Coke, however the sound effect you hear is from a Coke can being opened. See more »

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[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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Spoofs Road Trip (2000) See more »

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Is There a Ghost
Written by Ben Bridwell (as Benjamin Bridwell), Creighton Barrett (as Creighton Russell Barrett) and James Hampton
Performed by Band of Horses
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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Uneven, light on laughs, mawkish in places
15 November 2010 | by ukpedroSee all my reviews

I found this an uneven film, which relied on large wacky set pieces set alongside very serious (bordering on mawkish) emotional moments making for an awkward stop-start feel. Some plot points didn't go anywhere and others had nowhere near the possible comic payoff you were expecting.

Personally I found the film lacked a certain energy, in between the large plot points there is very little funny dialogue or character development which ultimately what makes a road movie like this work.

Robert Downey Jnr. plays the neurotic straight man up to 11, but often this leads to him going borderline psychotic, while Zach Galifianakis is seemingly a dozen 'wacky' characters you've seen before all rolled into one. It certainly makes for an odd couple but not the best.

Its hardly a terrible film but it doesn't flow and feels almost like a first draft. I tried to ignore the unrealistic elements and plot holes but there's quite a few. This was disappointing more than anything as the Hangover managed to balance the off-the-wall elements well for comic effect, here however it just left me unfulfilled.


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