Movie Review: Due Date (2010)

December 9, 2010 in Movie Reviews by pacejmiller

Due Date did not appeal to me at all when I first saw the poster and caught a glimpse of the trailer.

Robert Downey Jr as a man trying to head home to his pregnant wife, and Zach Galifianakis as the annoying weirdo that somehow gets stuck with him on this cross-country road trip.  I’ll admit that’s a premise with some potential for laughs, but to be honest it seemed a bit dull — plus the film is directed by Todd Phillips, whose highly rated hit The Hangover was somewhat overrated in my humble opinion.

And so I went into Due Date with relatively low expectations, but at the same time expecting to be pleasantly surprised (if that makes sense).  The verdict?  Well…while there were a few laugh-out-loud moments, Due Date was not particularly or consistently funny.  Fans of The Hangover might like it, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Forget the formulaic plot and the gaping plotholes — like The Hangover, the humour in Due Date was very coarse, in your face, over the top, violent, dirty and messy all rolled into one.  Almost all the jokes stemmed from the insane, random and extremely anti-social behaviour of Galifianakis’s character Ethan Tremblay.  He’s essentially a nightmarish twit with, I assume, at least a few personality disorders — and the biggest problem is that there is very little to like about his character.  However, I will have to say that Zach Galifianakis is a much better actor than I thought.

I was a big fan of the Steve Martin/John Candy movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles, which is actually very similar in premise and plot, but I’m afraid Due Date was a waste of Robert Downey Jr’s immense talent.  I did enjoy a couple of moments, but this was essentially two guys being very obnoxious for a very long-feeling 95 minutes.

2 stars out of 5