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Fred Topel Fred Topel
11/4/2010 9:32am EDT

DueDate-101020-0013.jpgDue Date doesn’t have to be deep. Just put Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in a car and there’s your movie. It has a little more to say about grown men though. Downey plays a businessman trying to get home in time for the birth of his firstborn. Galifianakis plays a man-child carrying his father’s ashes across the country.

“While it is a road movie and it is a comedy at it's core it is a movie about Zach who's going through a drama, Zach's character Ethan Tremblay having just lost his father and Robert who's just about to become a father for the first time,” director Todd Phillips said. “[It’s about] why they needed to meet at this moment and why Robert needed to travel with this kind of man-child who was going through this traumatic experience but really is a purely loving creature much like a child would be and just needed some adjustments, I guess.”

Perhaps the director of The Hangover is growing up a little too. His hit comedy was about a bachelor party gone wrong. He’s also directed the middle-aged college classic Old School and the teen comedy Road Trip.

“For me personally it's an interesting movie to make,” Phillips said. “I started making movies about college kids. I sort of grow with my movies. They're sort of always about my age range it feels. That's sort of the next step in life, having a kid or what have you and fatherhood. So it just seemed like an interesting thing to mine, both for emotion and for comedy.”

Due Date opens Friday.


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