For those of you who don’t know, a “bro-mance” is a loving non-romantic relationship that two men share (e.g. the relationship between the two mischievous lovable rakes Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in “Wedding Crashers.”
The two central characters couldn’t be more different. Downey plays Peter Highman, a high-strung architect who, through a series of unfortunate not-so-fortuitous events, ends up having to accept a ride across country from Galifianakis’ character, Ethan Tremblay. Their journey is a ticking time bomb for Downey, who needs to make it home for the birth of his child.
Unfortunately Tremblay is a walking disaster, so to make it back to California in time, Downey has to let go and enter the world that Galifianakis inhabits, or lose momentum altogether.
This is a refreshing comedy. Lately the comedies I’ve seen have been less than funny. Finally, there is a comedy playing in theaters that has more jokes than the ones used to promote it in the previews.
You do need to suspend disbelief a bit to make all of the movie work. In other words, there are parts of the journey that don’t seem plausible. If you accept the moments that cross the line between real and unreal, this movie is great.
“Due Date” is definitely worth finding time to go and see. While I don’t think hitchhiking is a good idea, it might be worth trying to pick up a stranger to share laughter and this movie. Maybe you can make a lifelong friend too…or not.