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  • Nov 5, 2010
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DUE DATE
Written by Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Adam Sztykiel and Todd Phillips
Directed by Todd Phillips
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis and Michelle Monaghan

Ethan Tremblay: "Two and a Half Men" is the reason I wanted to become an actor - especially the second season.

Todd Phillips has been making male no-brainer comedies for quite some time now, with varied results.  In 2008, he finally hit the jackpot, Vegas styles, with the international phenomenon, The Hangover.  With that success, he took Zach Galifianakis’s bearded, beer-bellied buffoon and made him a comedy God in the eyes of guys everywhere and, while he was at it, made himself a bonafide player.
 
To the victor go the spoils and Phillips was certainly spoiled when he bagged everyone’s favorite charmer, Robert Downey Jr., opposite the aforementioned buffoon (Galifianakis) for his buddy road comedy, Due Date.  He’s got the pedigree at his disposal – Downey Jr. doesn’t even have to try to get high-strung, expectant father, Peter Highman, down and even Galifianakis has been around enough blocks now to inject a little subtlety into his performance as wannabe actor, Ethan Tremblay – but, just like so much of Phillips’s past work, the antics are all too often just plain stupid instead of stupidly hilarious.  It doesn’t help either that Ethan is so awkward at times that he goes from funny to the dreaded realm of uncomfortable.
 
To buy into Due Date, which has decent laughs but very few uproarious moments, you have to buy the really weak chain of events that sets the premise in motion.  Peter ends up on a no-fly list after he and Ethan say words like “terrorist” and “bomb” a little too loud on a plane.  Peter’s wife (Michelle Monaghan) is giving birth in a few days so he must get home somehow.  With his wallet still on the plane, he must accept the offer to ride with Ethan and his masturbating dog, Sonny. Sure his wife could have certainly bought him a train ticket home on-line, but then we wouldn’t get to see these two polar opposites bond by living through several near-death experiences that wouldn’t have otherwise happened had they not gotten into this mess to begin with.  Fortunately, the guys that Phillips is aiming for will buy into anything.

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November 09, 2010
Thanks for the review. I was hoping this was going to be a good one.
November 12, 2010
I too was hoping this would be good. It had the potential to be but script problems really sank it.
 
November 08, 2010
sounds like a very mixed bag. I think I'll save this one for the future rental list. Thanks, Joseph!!
November 12, 2010
This would definitely make a better rental.
 
November 06, 2010
Glad I read the review; I was wondering about this one. It sounds like your review was funnier than the actual movie!
November 06, 2010
Hehe, thanks! Like I said, the movie isn't without laughs, just not enough for me to consider it a great comedy.
 
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review by . March 09, 2011
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Due Date is possibly the nastiest and most unpleasant film experience of the year, consistently confusing comedy with cruelty, and it may continue to rank as one of the cruelest films of all time (at least until the Farrelly Brothers write another script).      If you've seen Planes, Trains & Automobiles, it's basically the same thing but without any of the warm, depth or charm. Irredeemable asshole Peter Highman, "acted" by Robert Downey Jnr, is trying …
review by . August 01, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****     "Due Date" is a mediocre follow-up to a fairly-solid film; that being Todd Phillip's "The Hangover", which was like an insane carnival of twisted, warped laughter. It took advantage of its Las Vegas setting and let its characters run wild; but without showing us how they took their precious little time about it. For the most time, they're just bumbling idiots.    "Due Date" takes a similar approach; but instead of three men in the "wolf …
review by . November 07, 2010
A PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES for a new generation (but far less successful), DUE DATE delivers many solid laughs, but is sloppy and unmoving.    Robert Downey Jr. is an uptight architect working away from home in Atlanta. He's got a ticket to fly back home, because his wife (Michelle Monaghan) is scheduled to deliver their first child in just a few days. Zack Galifianakis is the strange, troublesome guy who utterly messes up his plans…and the two are forced to embark on a road …
review by . November 10, 2010
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Director Todd Phillips, the creator of "Old School" and "The Hangover" thought he could pull another "classic" by casting the Hollywood's Playboy at this moment, Robert Downey Jr. and the hilarious comedian Zach Galifianakis. Great cast but not that great story. The typical "glam meets nerd" has been done tens of times before and I really though this approach would be different but it just didn't worked that well. I'm not suggesting that this movie …
review by . May 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Robert Downey Jr how you break my heart. Not even my love for you can save me from the pains in which you inflicted upon me during Due Date.  Not even my love for the obseenly odd Zach Galifianakis spared me a pain that could only rival that of child birth.  OK, that is probably a bit of a stretch, but I think you get what I am trying to say. In true Todd Phillips (director) style, this film fits right in with Old School and The Hangover.  Although not as good as The Hangover, Due …
review by . March 07, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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Comedies these days  are more common than a two-legged dog. Every year, every month,  every day a new comedy releases in theaters  some are funny some are less than funny  and then there are those rare comedies that are so god-awful, so nasty, so cruel so shamelessly unfunny that after seeing it you  absolutely cringe at the slightest mention of the name of the film. Todd Philips' "Due Date" is such a comedy, a comedy that takes no shame in ripping off one …
review by . November 06, 2010
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Okay, stop me if you heard this one: a fussy straight faced white collar guy ends up spending an excruciating trek across the country with a talkative blue collar slob and they slowly but surely end up best friends.  I think John Hughes made it...........Steve Martin has an F Bomb tyraid in it...........yeah.  Sans Trains, this movie really felt like familiar ground. Initially when I saw this movie being advertised all I really thought of as soon as I saw "brought to you by the …
Quick Tip by . April 15, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I seem to be one of the few people who found the characters in this film to be so unpleasant that they were sort of lovable. Oh well, I also think Oscar the Grouch is sweet.      From the guys who made the uproariously funny and politically incorrect film The Hangover comes another film (perhaps more politically incorrect and certainly less funny) Due Date. The story is very straight forward and for the most part entirely predictable, but this is an American comedy and they haven't …
review by . November 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   A lot of hyperboles are used for laughter in a theater on the box art or in a review for a comedy film. My fellow film journalists may write “I laughed until I cried!” or “I laughed until my sides hurt!” However, during my screening of Due Date, one of my friends I was watching the film with literally fell out of his seat and folded up like a lawn chair after hearing one of the many perfectly executed jokes in Todd Phillips’ new comedy. To tell you the …
Quick Tip by . April 05, 2011
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Pretentious, dull, witless, stupid, cliché and quite frankly unbearable Todd Phillips'  follow up to his critical and commercial smash hit  "The Hangover",  "Due Date" is the biggest miscalculation of any comedy I have seen since oh... "The Last Airbender" this a gross disgusting film with two of the most unlikable lead character to appear in films in the last ten years  a truly god-awful film that thinks its funny and obviously knows …
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Director Todd Phillips re-teams with his break-out Hangover star Zach Galifianakis for this road movie concerning a soon-to-be father (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and his cross-country trip to make it back in time for his baby's birth -- with the only roadblock being the dubious passenger (Galifianakis) who's along for the ride. Michelle Monaghan and Jamie Foxx co-star in the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production.


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    Director: Todd Phillips
    Release Date: 5 November 2010
    MPAA Rating: R
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