"Due Date" Star Zach Galifianakis: Not Funny

| by Hollywood Elsewhere

I'm having trouble remembering Due Date (Warner Bros., 11.5), the Todd Phillips road comedy with Robert Downey, Jr and Zach Galifianakis. The title, I mean, because it alludes to pregnancy know, doesn't seem to indicate guy humor or Son of Planes, Trains and Automobiles or anything in that realm.

On top of which I've had a problem with Galifianakis since The Hangover. He's not funny, I hate Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, and I don't want to see another Galifianakis man-diaper performance.

The only actor I'd like to see less in the Galifianakis Due Date role is the cherubic Dan Fogler, the only under-35 comedian who turns me off more. Fogler is currently portraying Alfred Hitchcock in Chase Palmer's Number 13, which is going to be ghastly, I fear. Think about it -- the unruly, lethally unfunny, squiggly-haired clown from Balls of Fury playing the droll and sophisticated Hitchcock as a struggling young filmmaker. (It's about an unfinished 1922 thriller called Number 13 that Hitchcock directed at age 23, but which was shut down due to lack of funds.)

Who would I like to see pared with Downey in Due Date? Kevin Smith sideman Jason Mewes. I've always found his stoner shtick fairly hilarious. Plus he's a more grounded actor than Galifianakis. He says his lines with method-y conviction, never seems to be "goofing off" or coming from a place of ambivalence.