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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Robert Downey Jr
Zach Galifianakis
Michelle Monaghan
Jamie Foxx
Juliette Lewis.
Directors
Todd Phillips.
Screenwriters
Alan R. Cohen
Alan Freedland
Adam Sztykiel
Todd Phillips.
Running Time
95 minutes

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Due Date
Planes, trains and automasturbation


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Plot
Peter Highman (Downey Jr) is rushing home to be with his expectant wife. But his efforts to get back are thrown into chaos when he crosses paths with wannabe actor Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis).


Review
Due Date
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Watching the latest homage-slash-imitation reminds one afresh how good a balancing act between slapstick and sympathy John Hughes’ Planes, Trains And Automobiles really was. While strikingly similar in concept, Due Date aspires to be a darker, edgier variation on the odd-couple-on-a-road-trip theme. If one reads “darker” as crueller and meaner, and “edgier” as not actually all that funny, this scores.

One is tempted to feel snotty (in fact, let’s just say it, unlikable ) Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) invites what is coming to him when he gets pissy with a US Air Marshal. Really, dude? You really want to take that tone? And he’s supposed to be the smart one! Or, at least, the one who functions within commonly accepted parameters of normality. Normality and Ethan (Zach Galifianakis), well, that’s not in the cards. It goes without saying the highway is strewn with disasters, rows and shenanigans the minute Peter, with understandable misgivings, gets into Ethan’s rental car. En route there are tribulations, bizarre encounters, vehicular mayhem that wouldn’t shame a Jason Statham flick, and a strange interlude in Texas, where the turbulent twosome briefly find sanctuary with Peter’s college buddy (Jamie Foxx). The gross-out nadir is indisputably Ethan and his bulldog Sonny simultaneously masturbating. Helpless hilarity does fitfully erupt, notably when the chaps take a wrong turn into Mexico, and by the time they find the Grand Canyon a spot of aww shucks, mutual understanding has reared its head. Michelle Monaghan’s role as Peter’s wife consists of answering her phone with one hand while holding her due-any-minute belly in the other.

For every very funny moment — and there are some — there are more downright unsettling ones. Peter punches a small child. Peter spits in Sonny’s face. Peter mocks a disabled veteran. Ha ha, huh? Downey Jr.’s bad-tempered expectant father seems less emotional about his first child’s imminent birth than permanently angry, sarcastic and arrogantly superior to his despised, admittedly challenging — and challenged — companion. As for Galifianakis’ dim bulb Ethan — bound for Hollywood with dreams of an acting career and a coffee can containing his father’s ashes — one has to say he needs to get out of these boorish slob roles sooner rather than later, however gamely he tries to make Ethan more touching than the annoying cartoon oaf he essentially remains.


Verdict
Another Hangover was too much to hope for, especially as this was scripted by committee. It’s a bit funny but also quite a bit nasty.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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Though funny and has some good moments, Due Date doesn't live up to the possibilities suggested by its talented director and marvelously mismatched stars. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 19:42, 23 May 2012 | Report This Post


Good Funny Movie ... More

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Posted by Ciaran McDaid at 11:26, 16 October 2011 | Report This Post


NOT BAD

DOWNEY JR EXCELLENT IN WHAT IS MEANT TO BE AN UNLIKEABLE ROLE, AND SOME DECENT LAUGHS TO BE HAD......... ... More

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Posted by chrisdagnall at 22:10, 22 May 2011 | Report This Post


Totally disagree with this review. It is quite dark and is definitely not another hangover. The moments that were apparently too dark for angie were the moments I found funniest. Especially when he spits in the dogs face ... More

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Posted by fightclubber954 at 23:31, 20 May 2011 | Report This Post


Hardly Funny, A Massive Disappointment.

I was really really looking forward to Due Dute, the trailer screamed of plenty of laughs and the best casting yet of Robert Downey Jr and Zac Galifinakis aka Alan from the smash hit The Hangover. But when I watched it last night, I was completly shocked and disgusted. I hardly laughed at all, sure there were a few giggles here n there but nothing that really funny. The characters were not welcome enough to warmth with, especially Downey Jr's one who I thought was a rude and selfish person. I go... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 10:55, 07 March 2011 | Report This Post


meh

2 stars may be a bit harsh film did have its funny moments still very disappointing though in comparison to the hangover ... More

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Posted by linkinpython at 18:09, 05 March 2011 | Report This Post


Did Angie even watch the film properly?

Just thought I'd point out two errors that the Empire reviewer made which may colour people's opinions of the film and deter them from watching it. 1. Peter does indeed spit in Sonny's face, but perhaps fails to reiterate that Sonny is the dog and not a human. While this is still mean, it isn't as bad as spitting in Ethan's face (sorry PETA peeps, dogs' feelings aren't as important as those of humans..okay MOST humans), and it DID show him regretting it immediately afterwards. Bear in mind th... More

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Posted by Copperspock at 07:27, 13 February 2011 | Report This Post


Disappointing, but still some chuckles along the way. ... More

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Posted by johnacide at 01:16, 10 February 2011 | Report This Post


Fcuk off Ang'!

Saw this last night and I have to say... WTF? You slate the film for not being funny? I found it absolutely hilarious! Some of Galifianakis's dialogue made me laugh at him AND with him. And Downey Jr's angry dad was great. Ultimately it's his journey to fatherhood! Thought you'd have gotten that? Does the character who teaches kids tough lessons for tie pulling deserve to be a father? HELL NO! But the guy who talks tenderly in the hospital with his new man-child best friend... Galifianakis hits ... More

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Posted by Tw?_Haze1810 at 14:46, 01 February 2011 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

Due Date was terrible. I went into the movie expecting a half-decent comedy and even those hopes weren't met. An occasional funny line wasn't enough to counter the countless mean and depressing scenes. This has got nothing on Planes, Trains and Automobiles. 1.5/5 ... More

Posted by Bigthompa at 10:47, 16 December 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

Ah well. A pity it's only 'Happy Go Lucky' that you've seen - as that's his weakest film by far. But yeah, back to Due Due....... ... More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 17:38, 04 December 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

L: Qwerty Norris L: Edward Nygma L: Qwerty Norris L: Edward Nygma As for the whole Mike Leigh thing, I know a lot of people like his stuff and find some of his films thoroughly funny, I'm just not one of them. Naming two characters Tom and Jerry...is that funny? I dunno... o your assessment of the entire comedic value of 'Another Year' rests solely from a small segment displayed in the films trailer? Have you actually seen it out of interest, or are you just making a lazy ... More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 19:55, 03 December 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

L: Edward Nygma L: Qwerty Norris L: Edward Nygma As for the whole Mike Leigh thing, I know a lot of people like his stuff and find some of his films thoroughly funny, I'm just not one of them. Naming two characters Tom and Jerry...is that funny? I dunno... o your assessment of the entire comedic value of 'Another Year' rests solely from a small segment displayed in the films trailer? Have you actually seen it out of interest, or are you just making a lazy assumption? ... More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 03:57, 03 December 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Due Date

Great lines.. Like it.. Well said.!! ... More

Posted by kalvin at 10:23, 02 December 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Due Date

Robert Downey Jr is hilarious as the angry straight man to Zac Galifinakis' goofy, eccentric actor with a french bulldog who likes to play with himself. This movie I thought was really funny, parts of it are just crazy, but in a good way, parts of it are just I can't believe he actually DID that way (SPOILER ***** RDJR. puts a bratty kid in his place for pulling on his tie one too many times, not saying what he does though) There's a twist towards the end, which if you've seen the movie you k... More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 07:24, 02 December 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

If talk about my favorite movies then Due Date is also in my list. It's really an amazing movie. I really like this movie & I love to watch this movie most of the time when I have a spare time to enjoy..!! ... More

Posted by kalvin at 11:29, 01 December 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

L: Qwerty Norris L: Edward Nygma As for the whole Mike Leigh thing, I know a lot of people like his stuff and find some of his films thoroughly funny, I'm just not one of them. Naming two characters Tom and Jerry...is that funny? I dunno... o your assessment of the entire comedic value of 'Another Year' rests solely from a small segment displayed in the films trailer? Have you actually seen it out of interest, or are you just making a lazy assumption? sp; I don't like M... More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 17:40, 23 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

L: Edward Nygma As for the whole Mike Leigh thing, I know a lot of people like his stuff and find some of his films thoroughly funny, I'm just not one of them. Naming two characters Tom and Jerry...is that funny? I dunno... o your assessment of the entire comedic value of 'Another Year' rests solely from a small segment displayed in the films trailer? Have you actually seen it out of interest, or are you just making a lazy assumption? ... More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 02:59, 22 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

Saw this today and have to say I liked it.....warped, twisted and in places cringingly funny.   Robert Downey Junior's apoplectic fury was absolutely brilliant. And as for Sonny the dog...... 3.5 out of 5 ... More

Posted by hellsangel66 at 21:21, 21 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

The Hangover was a film I didn't know anything about before i saw it on rental DVD,and it was awesome one of the best comedies/road/stoner movies i had seen in many a year.So i went to see in the cinema Due Date and from the opening few seconds of the film i started smiling and laughing.Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifanakis were both top notch,but it's Downey that steals the show for me,playing the expectant father who is wired ridiculously tight,and just blows off big time.Watch as in o... More

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Posted by evil bill at 19:38, 18 November 2010 | Report This Post


Bad Review

I'm sorry but I think that the reviewer missed something when watching this film. 2 Stars is a pretty bad judgement if you ask me as I think this was a well crafted comedy with two great mismatched charecters at its core and I really think that the reviewer missed the point. The cruel humour is funny and it defines the charecter perfectly, saying that it unsettles is unfair if you ask me and seeing as the film is aimed at people who like Todd Phillips and his output so far then I personally fe... More

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Posted by Rickie.Littlewood at 14:27, 18 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

It's a love it or hate it film I guess. Will go see it again at some point and either confirm or amend my previous views.   I'm still perplexed as to why people are surprised at this film's "cruel" humour, I mean The Hangover had Galifianakis pretending to jerk off a baby... I just don't know what people were expecting.   As for the whole Mike Leigh thing, I know a lot of people like his stuff and find some of his films thoroughly funny, I'm just not one of them. Naming two ch... More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 20:11, 15 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

Just plain awful. So bad I wasn't annoyed by the drunk teenagers shouting in the front row. ... More

Posted by eoin81 at 13:37, 15 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: You CANNOT be serious Angie!

This was an average comedy. Some good moments, countered by many laugh free ones. Even with its short running time I found myself losing interest. Just watch the trailer and you'll come away thinking you've sen a much better film than you have. Not a bad movie then, just not a great one either. I'd go 2 and a half stars if I could, but I can't, so a generous 3. ... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 19:22, 10 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: An unpleasant vibe

I thought it was very funny alright it's no Hangover but that would be too much to ask for, the bit with Downey Jr trying to go to sleep in the car but being kept awake by his "2" fellow travellers was hysterical. extra mark for the Neil Young song. ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:23, 10 November 2010 | Report This Post


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