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"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 and...you 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.