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Due Date: Movie Review

Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis, Danny McBride, RZA
Released by: Warner Bros. Pictures

In Short: A cross-country road trip featuring two mismatched guys gets too many flat tires along the way, as this failed comedy rolls along toward the birth of a baby.

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No Laughs on This Road Trip

If you watch the previews for “Due Date,” you’ll get the idea that you are headed for a laugh riot á la “The Hangover,” which also was directed by Todd Phillips and starred Zach Galifianakis. Unfortunately, that is not what happens when you are actually watching the movie.

“Due Date” follows the classic Hollywood genre of the buddy road-trip comedy (think “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” or “Midnight Run”), with a key difference. It isn’t funny. Phillips and company didn’t have the benefit of having the screenwriters from “The Hangover,” and it shows — painfully.

The story is pretty simple. Robert Downey, Jr., plays Peter Highman (“Peter Hymen,” get it? Ha ha.), a tightly wound architect in Atlanta trying to return home to L. A. where his wife (Michelle Monaghan) is about to have a baby. But then he encounters Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis), an aspiring actor who gets them both thrown off their flight, and put on the no-fly list. So the pair must drive across America in time for Highman to see the birth.

Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in Due Date Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in Due Date

And so off we go, on a two-hour trip that feels like ten. Maudlin moments, stupid behavior and ridiculous leaps of faith required from the audience (the Mexico sequence is so far from reality that it takes us right out of the movie, for example) make “Due Date” a slog. Not to mention the fact that neither character has any sort of likable characteristics, as Highman is a complete jerk and Tremblay a dope-smoking idiot, so we could care less if the two of them make it to their destination. Add in moments of dog sexual gratification, drinking coffee made of a dead man’s ashes and other seriously distasteful moments, and this movie is just a mess.

The few-and-far between laughs are all shown in the trailer; be warned that there are no others in this embarrassing offering.


Reviewed by Jenny Peters


(Updated: 11/09/10 CT)

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