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Due Date

A 2010 movie directed by Todd Phillips.

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A boring, not-too-hilarious comedy that lacks both bite, ambition, and likability.

  • Aug 1, 2011
** 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 pack", the part has been reduced by one; leaving two central characters. Also, the setting is no longer Vegas; but the entire open road and what lies on it or beside it. The film takes rest-stops both figuratively and literally. One could say that it is funny one moment, and then, unfunny another. That is what you could call a "rest stop".

Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) needs to get to Los Angeles so that he can be present at the birth of his first child. Things are going well, he boards the plane back, and then Ethan (Zach Galifianakis) comes into the picture. The two meet by accident, and then are destined to be together for the entire trip home from there. Peter and Ethan are kicked off the flight, although Ethan has a car. He offers Peter a ride with just him and his French Bulldog Sonny, and he accepts.

Two men, in a car, for several days; with a few stops along the way. Ethan is living, breathing trouble; a human tornado of certain destruction. Peter just wants to get to LA. The film's outcome is intentionally ridiculous, because if there is one thing that director Todd Phillips understands, it is that with all road-trip films, the journey is the center of the story...and perhaps, not so much the actual plotting.

When you think road-trip film, you think "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles". That was a funny film, and it's also the source of MANY of "Due Date's" problems. One very big one would be that the film seems to be copying the John Hughes classic. The Peter and Ethan characters seem to be the Steve Martin and John Candy characters, respectively. Not much originality there. I mean, of course the concept itself borrows a lot from the earlier film, but honestly, what's the point of movie-making if you can't offer up anything new?

I have little enthusiasm for this flick. It's not that I don't like it, but the case also very well may be that it just doesn't work. Laughs are earned; and Todd Phillips have proven himself worthy of crafting "good comedy" in the past. Maybe the problem here is that he co-wrote the film's script; something he left alone in "The Hangover". There's nothing special about the guy as a filmmaker, although he did good work in "The Hangover". However, he must be a poor screenwriter. I'm sure he "gets" good comedy, but I can't help but wonder why he couldn't make a good movie out of "Due Date" if he does. After all, understanding art is the key to creating it. And comedy is as much of an art as it is a gift; pure and rich.

I suppose there is an audience, a weekend-type audience, that will enjoy "Due Date" for what it is. Granted, there are a few laughs. 2010 was a year of many things; the party-loving drunkard rock-star, the melancholic animated magician, the final act of a popular Pixar franchise, and of course, the masturbating French Bulldog, which is one of the film's biggest laughs.

But a couple big laughs...that's not enough. "Due Date" is sporadically funny and entertaining. It never feels genuine, even if it contains the stars and director that it does. Downey and Galifianakis are an unusual and mildly interesting pair; and they make the most out of their respective talents, but they never clicked as I wanted them to. Fans of "The Hangover" will giggle at the many cameos (from minor actors who also made small cameos in the latter film), and fans of "Two and a Half Men" will find the film's concluding scene amusing. Otherwise, there are worse comedies; ones without the laughs that "Due Date" has. But I've said enough; and as much as I possibly can. "Due Date" is absolutely disappointing, forgettable, and not as good as it should have been. For a better road movie, see the film I mentioned earlier, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles". Embrace comedy at its purest and avoid movies like "Due Date"; films that can only have so much inspiration packed in their limited packages.

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August 06, 2011
The more I read reviews for this flick, the more I feel thankful that I haven't seen it up to this day. Nice one, Ryan!
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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 …
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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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