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Due Date

A 2010 movie directed by Todd Phillips.

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Exactly what I expected: another vulnerable comedy clashing "the douche" and "the loser"

  • Nov 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 is not funny, on the contrary, it had some nice jokes and physical gestures that were hilarious in the first stage but then everything just became dull, pointless and usual. The story didn't deliver much, the characters didn't deliver and because of that the audience didn't respond with anything else besides "hatred" towards the douche who spit the dog's face and "sympathy" towards the loser who just lost his father... Another thing that didn't worked and I thought was too much of a cliche was the involvement of sensitive scenes which always makes the audience to go silent after a "haha" like they feel wrong about laughing or something. The jokes were good but you had many moments when things became cheesy and you would laugh more because of the hysteric chick, two rows behind me. Put it this way: don't even try to compare/expect this to (be) Hangover because you'll be disappointed. It's good times at the cinema but nothing more.

The cast was good, even though the characters didn't had much to do since their development is almost non-existent but still, Robert Downey Jr. made me hate him at times, acting "the douche" persona, which was similar to his Iron Man impersonation in "Iron Man 2" and Zach Galifianakis who played the same, the only, the irreplaceable "Fat Jesus". I wonder if Zach will build his career further acting the same guy over and over again because I must notice that there will be a time, and that could be sooner than we think, when people will get bored by the same interpretation.

I also noticed a step behind in the cinematography, music and editing since The Hangover. In Hangover everything was perfectly made while this looked really rushed like "yeah, let it that way just let's get over with it". With all these, I enjoyed this movie, had some laughs but mostly I was just smiling. 10 minutes before the end I looked in the Coca-Cola bottle and there was nothing left, I wished I could drink more... didn't even thought about the movie... all I was thinking of was... "I need to get more god damn Coke!...".

Storyline/Dialogue: 6/10.
Acting: 7,5/10.
Cinematography/Editing: 7,5/10.
Art Direction: 6,5/10.
Score/Soundtrack: 6/10.
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Overall: 6,7

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November 12, 2010
yeah... it was a trailer... but it doesn't appear like in my other reviews :D
 
November 11, 2010
Nice review, Julian! Skipping this :P By the way, did you intend for there to be an image or a video at the top of your review? I see a big white space right now... I'm one of the community managers around here, so let me know if you need a hand! :)
 
November 11, 2010
thanks :D
 
November 11, 2010
I like your headline :)
 
November 11, 2010
Great review - I expected it might be the case that this wouldn't live up The Hangover. I'll wait for Netflix!
 
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review by . March 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Past Due
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, …
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
posted in Movie Hype
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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
posted in Movie Hype
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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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