ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Due Date★★★ Premiere9.00-11.00pm C5
Todd Phillips had already directed Road Trip, so he was on fairly safe ground with this romp, a sort of Planes, Trains and Automobiles for a post-9/11 world. Here, two total strangers, Zach Galifianakis’s hairy, guileless actor and uptight expectant father Robert Downey Jr, are thrown off a plane to LA after a misunderstanding about a bomb, and find themselves stranded. Desperate to get home for the birth of his baby and without his wallet, Downey Jr agrees to give Galifianakis and his cone-wearing pug a lift if he pays for the rental car. Of course, the bickering starts there. We’ve seen odd couples in vehicles before, but the tension is palpable and neither is officially the bad guy. Cameos abound on this hellish picaresque-against-time: Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, rapper RZA, Charlie Sheen and Danny McBride(TV’s Eastbound and Down), and then comic business with marijuana, guns and a relative’s ashes at the Grand Canyon keep the action fast and literally furious.
Some films more or less schedule themselves and just as Yuletide has White Christmas, so Easter Sunday has this epic story featuring Jeffrey Hunter as Jesus and a typically authoritative narration by Orson Welles.
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