Due Date pleases the fans of its genre
movie review By Mayan Malkin
Todd Phillips is at it again. The last film he directed, The Hangover, pleased the comedic movie audiences and did very well at the box office. Phillips, who was mostly well known for Old School, just released his new film, Due Date, which has made close to $34 million on opening weekend, just one million short of The Hangover’s $35 million, and is getting the same positive comments.
The story revolves around Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) and Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) who are kicked off a plane headed to Los Angeles because Tremblay mentions bombs a little too loudly. They are then both put on a no fly list. Highman, who desperately needs to get home to his pregnant wife, who is due later that week, agrees to take a ride from Tremblay, despite the fact that he thinks he is completely idiotic, and has no other option but to drive across the country with him.
The personalities of the two men clash which makes for interesting situations such as only having $60 left to make it to L.A. after spending $200 on medical marijuana for “glaucoma”, drinking the ashes of a dead man, life-threatening car crashes, gun shot wounds and escaping from trouble at the Mexican border.
This film is very entertaining, but also has it’s serious moments, which seem a little out of place, and almost awkward in a movie like this. There were also some heavy action scenes that got your heart racing. Downey and Galifianakis do an excellent job with their characters and keep the audience watching throughout the flick, because they are such wonderful actors; both full of life.
Robert Downey Jr. has always been funny but to see him in a full-blown comedy is refreshing. The same goes for Galifianakis, he is always the funny one or that weird unlikable character. In this film he has this role again, but you see a side of him in some scenes you never have before, he is serious, he cries, and he does it well.
There is not much to say about a film like this, you either enjoy it, or you don’t. It won’t stick out as one of the best movies of all time, nor will it be known as one of the worst. It’s a dramatic action-packed comedy, that was good, but not amazing. Downey Jr. is a highly popular actor these days and that will probably draw more people to the theater than anything else. If you didn’t like The Hangover, then you probably won’t like this movie.