Jay Roach, director of the Austin Powers movies as well as the excellent HBO-backed political dramas Game Change and Recount,
would seem the perfect guy to guide this ribald satire of a North
Carolina congressional race wherein each candidate is flawed.
Critics gripe about formulas, but give credit where credit is due: If ever there were a formula that has proven its durability, it's the odd-couple road comedy. Director Todd Phillips brings us the story of Type-A architect Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) and spacey, would-be actor Ethan (Zach Galifianakis) forced by improbable circumstances to share a car ride from Atlanta to Los Angeles in time for the scheduled C-section birth of Peter's first child. Grade: B.