Peter Highman's wife is pregnant, and she is due any day now. Peter is across the country on business, ready to fly home for the birth of his child, when Ethan Tremblay, an eccentric aspiring actor, gets them both kicked off the plane due to starting a discussion about terrorists, Peter finds himself unable to fly and without his wallet, which he left on the plane. Ethan feels terrible about what he did and offers to drive Peter home to Los Angeles, which Peter begrudgingly accepts. While driving, Ethan irritates Peter to no end, most of all when Ethan buys a great deal of marijuana, spending the rest of the money they have. Peter wants to leave Ethan by the side of the road, and at one point does so, but when Peter realizes he still has in the car the ashes of Ethan's father, he feels terrible and continues the journey with him. Peter gets his friend Darryl to pick them up and host them, but things get tense when Ethan convinces Peter that his wife had an affair with Darryl, and when Darryl mistakes the ashes of Ethan's father for coffee grounds and drinks some of it, he kicks them both out of his home. Naturally, shortly thereafter Peter is arrested by Mexican police for having Ethan's marijuana on his person, but when Ethan comes to his rescue, Peter must decide whether he should abandon Ethan for good or whether he should rely on this man to take him the rest of the way to his wife before their child is born.
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Best part of story, including ending:
The humor throughout is aggressively mean, which is not my cup of tea. I enjoy Downey Jr. and Galifianakis, but here the tone of the script lets them down.
Best scene in story:
It's hard to single out a scene, as the majority of them are terrible. I suppose it would be a scene in which Downey Jr. tells a sad story and Galifianakis responds with laughter-- the deliver is funny.
Opinion about the main character:
Peter is understandably angry, but he's angry from minute one of the film, which makes him an extraordinarily unpleasant hero to have to follow for ninety minutes.