The past couple of years have been huge for Zach Galifianakis. He co-starred in The Hangover and HBO’s Bored to Death. He has a wildly popular web talk show called Between Two Ferns. Dinner for Schmucks is about to be released. And who could forget G-Force?
Galifianakis stars in two more features this year, and I think there is good reason to be excited about them both. Fortunately, both trailers were just released!
In It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Galifianakis plays Bobby, a psychiatric patient who mentors a depressed teenager named Craig (Keir Gilchrist) who is new to the ward. Based on the trailer, it looks like it perfectly fits the indie comedy criteria. It’s funny, moody and incorporates hand-drawn animation. It’s Kind of a Funny Story also stars Emma Roberts, as Craig’s angst-filled romantic interest.
Due Date, directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School), is more of a laugh-out-loud character piece for Galifianakis, which he always executes flawlessly. He plays Ethan, an eccentric who winds up on a road-trip with expecting father, Peter (Robert Downey, Jr.) who must travel in order to be present for the birth of his child. Due Date seems to channel films like Tommy Boy and Planes, Trains and Automobiles, extracting their best qualities to make for a perfect road comedy.