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Due Date

A 2010 movie directed by Todd Phillips.

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Prepare for one nasty ride

  • Mar 9, 2011
Rating:
-5
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 to get home in time for his wife to pop out a tiny human, while freakishly-weird-yet-naive Ethan Chase, "acted" by Zach  VerylongnameIcan'tremember, gets physically abused and generally crapped all over. Zach comes from the M Night Shamalamalamayan School of Long Names that explain why stage names are so popular.

In an update to the problem of getting on a plane from the first film, Due Date sullies the good name of our passenger-gropers at the TSA by placing our intrepid heroes on the no-fly list. There are some bag mix-ups and other really, really weak coincidences to force this situation, but needless to say they both end up in a rental car pegging it across the country while they get to learn about each other.

Before we get any further, I should point out that this is another "All the funny parts are in the trailer" movie, though anything that looks mildly amusing in the promo is recast to be more cruel and unpleasant when you watch the whole thing. For example, RDJ at one point spits in the dog's face - HE SPITS IN THE DOG'S FACE - and then threatens to rip it apart limb from limb. Violence to humans can be funny - it's the basis of the banana skin joke and most cartoons - but violence to animals always falls flat. He then goes on to punch an 8-year old - no kidding. 

Other things we learn from Due Date:
  • Mexican border guards are corrupt and incompetent.
  • The best way to babysit children is to punch them in the stomach and threaten them.
  • You can accidentally use ashes from your father's urn to make coffee and not possibly notice the difference.
  • People who called Los Angeles "Hollywood" will never work in the entertainment business.
  • Your best buddy is probably having an affair with your wife, 
  • You can drive for four hours without a .45 caliber bullet wound in your thigh - no problem.
  • Disabled war vets will beat the ever-loving out of you for making dumb remarks.
  • Pot will make you less uptight.
The character arc that's jammed into Act 3 is one of the most unconvincing in modern cinema. When RDJ decides to be best pals with Zach, I felt like I'd just accidentally cued forward 10 minutes and missed a bunch of important scenes. I mean, 5 minutes earlier he rams Zach's head into the side of a car panel, and now they're soul mates. 

God, I hated this film. Just hated it. It makes me want to open Microsoft Word and just start typing a script, since it can't be any worse than this mess. I didn't laugh once. A pox on ye, Todd Phillips!

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March 11, 2011
Great review, like the breakdown of things you learn.
March 11, 2011
Thanks! Let's hope that The Hangover 2 is (significantly) better.
 
March 10, 2011
Wait.... there are corrupt Mexican border guards and pot makes you less uptight??? Who'da thunk it? :P
March 10, 2011
In this film, all the cool characters are smoking or selling pot while the bad guys are attacking pets and small children!
 
March 09, 2011
woopak is now staying far away from this one, unless the movie is free on HBO. Thanks, James!
March 10, 2011
It's a Lunch Public Service Announcement! :-)
 
March 09, 2011
I didn't like this film either, but I think the distinction of cruelest film of all time (or, at least, of 2010) belongs more to "Dinner for Schmucks." Now there's a film that constantly confuses cruelty with comedy.
March 10, 2011
Very true... they have some similarities in the way the two main characters work. Dinner For Schmucks was just horrendous.
March 10, 2011
for some reason, I tolerated Dinner for Schmucks (I guess it was because I liked the French original) and yet, I have to admit that it was a out of place (goofy antics along with cruelty?). It was indeed a great example as to how remakes never work when to comes to different cultures. The French original of "Schmucks" was a little darker (black comedy) and it does work better in that side of the world for some reason.
 
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review by . August 01, 2011
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** 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 …
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review by . November 05, 2010
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review by . November 10, 2010
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review by . May 20, 2011
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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 …
review by . March 07, 2011
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review by . November 06, 2010
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Quick Tip by . April 15, 2011
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review by . November 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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Quick Tip by . April 05, 2011
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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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