Pros:Downey Jr. and Galifianakis. Funny and entertaining movie.
Cons:Not the most original. May be too crude for some.
The Bottom Line: Due Date may not be the most original movie, but it is very funny and entertaining. Fans of Downey Jr. should check it out.
I really like Robert Downey Jr. and think he is a very talented actor. I've seen most of his more recent movies and I've really enjoyed them. I also find Zack Galifianakis to be funny and entertaining. I have been wanting to see Due Date since I first saw the trailer. I'm really glad I saw the movie and think it is one of the more entertaining comedies I've seen in a while.
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Architect Peter Highman is flying home to Los Angeles after being in Atlanta for business. He has a chance encounter outside the airport with Ethan Tremblay that causes him some problems. It only gets worse when Ethan is on the same flight. Something happens that causes Peter and Ethan to be thrown off the plane and put on a no fly list. Unable to rent a car because his money and identification are still on the plane, Peter agrees to drive across country with Ethan despite being very irritated with him. Peter is determined to get home before his wife Sarah gives birth to their first child.
I want to say now that Due Date is not a movie for everyone. It is rated R for reason and it is not a child friendly movie. There is a lot of swearing, including multiple uses of the word that rhymes with luck. Some of what happens is crude or gross in some way. Ethan does just about anything, including masturbating in a sort of public place at one point. He is also higher than a kite frequently from smoking pot. He claims he has glaucoma. He uses the drug several times. Several things that happen may upset or offend some viewers. People need to keep these things in mind when deciding if they want to see the movie.
From early in Due Date, it was clear that the story is similar to the main plot for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I see a few similarities to National Lampoon's Vacation as well despite the fact that it isn't a family driving across the country. Even though the plot isn't the most original, the movie is still very entertaining and worth watching. There are enough differences to what is happening, so that it isn't like this movie is just a repeat of the other movie. Having Peter need to get home within a certain time frame for the birth of his child is a believable reason for why he decides to travel with Ethan, a man he barely knows and doesn't particularly like at that point. The movie does have predictable moments, though there are some surprising things as well.
Just about everything that happens in Due Date is tied to Ethan and Peter's trip. A little bit of time is taken to introduce the characters and set up the situation. It doesn't take that long for the guys to end up traveling together. The things that happen during the trip are somewhat outrageous even though there are touches of believability to them. I'm not going to mention specifics for much of what happens because I don't want to spoil things for people wanting to see the movie. Peter and Ethan have some wild experiences that are very entertaining.
I think Due Date works really well as a funny movie. Some of the humor is a bit crude or gross, which might offend or upset some viewers. The humor won't work for everyone. Other things that are done for laughs are somewhat silly. The dynamic between Peter and Ethan provides most of the laughs with the way they interact and get along. Considering things that Ethan does, it is understandable why Peter gets irritated with him. Ethan is a bit clueless about a few things, possibly because he's high so much. That also adds to the humor. A couple of scenes do include a little bit of action without turning it into an action movie. The action that is in the movie is done well and helps to make things more entertaining. A few scenes a bit more serious. Those few scenes help to show that there is more to the characters.
Peter and Ethan, as the main characters, are the ones who receive the most attention in Due Date. They are both in just about every scene of the movie. The characters do have chemistry with how they get along. Without that chemistry, the movie wouldn't have worked that well at all. Peter is a bit obsessive and controlled about a few things, like how he deals with picking out a name for the baby. He can be a bit of a jerk at times, though some if it is understanding because of what he has to deal with. Robert Downey Jr. is great in the part. Peter's wife Sarah is only briefly seen, so Michelle Monaghan doesn't get a lot to do. Jamie Foxx is in a couple of scenes as Darryl, a friend of Peter and Sarah.
Ethan is an aspiring actor going to Hollywood to meet an agent. He is basically a bumbling idiot who can mess up just about everything. He's nice and rather sweet, but he is still an idiot. Somehow he does manage to be likable overall, though it is perfectly understandably that Peter gets so annoyed with him. Zack Galifianakis does really well with the part. There are similarities to the part he played in The Hangover, but there are also some differences. Juliette Lewis has a small part as Heidi, a woman that Ethan buys more pot from. The other characters that turn up aren't around long enough to do much.
Robert Downey Jr. - Peter Highman
Jamie Foxx - Darryl
Zack Galifianakis - Ethan
Juliette Lewis - Heidi
Michelle Monaghan - Sarah Highman
Todd Philips - Director
Due Date is a really funny, entertaining movie that I think is worth seeing. Robert Downey Jr. and Zack Galifianakis are great together. The movie isn't for everyone though since it is a bit crude at times. People who don't mind vulgar language and crude humor should give this one a chance.
*This review was originally posted after I saw the movie in the theater. it is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
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