Zach Galifianakis is a funny guy. Robert Downey Jr. is a superb actor who can play comedy or drama equally well. They deserve a better vehicle than this broad, shameless (and uncredited) rehash of Planes, Trains and Automobiles in which the actors inherit the roles originated by John Candy and Steve Martin, respectively. I’m not sure where homage ends and rip-off begins, exactly, but this movie has the same story beats and, more important,—
I’ve been impressed with the filmmaking team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck since I saw their bold, original debut feature Half-Nelson, with Ryan Gosling, which was adapted from a short subject they made two years earlier. Their followup film, Sugar, about a baseball player from the Dominican Republic, revealed that they weren’t one-hit wonders, and didn’t intend to fall prey to formulaic storytelling. Their new film seemed equally promising; while I usually try to avoid trailers I happened to see this one, and it—
I am not a fan of raunchy comedies, by and large, but this one won me over completely. The overall premise may not sound fresh—four guys going to Vegas for an anything-goes bachelor party—but screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore keep pulling...
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