DUE DATE Review
DUE DATE, the latest comedy from Warner Bros. Studio starring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) was released in theaters yesterday. As best friend to a person who LIVES for comedies, I tagged along for the ride (and truthfully, didn’t mind seeing a little eye candy in the form of Robert Downey Jr.).
Due Date was pretty much what you’d expect from the ever growing genre of “bromance”. The premise is this: Peter Highman (Downey) is an architect that finishes up a job in Atlanta and is on his way home to Los Angeles for the birth of his first child. Due to a list of different mishaps caused by stranger Ethan (Galifianakis), they both end up kicked off of their plane and on the no fly list. This leaves Peter with no choice but to drive across the country with Ethan to get home to his wife (Michelle Monaghan).
Personally, I feel every laugh was shown in one of the two trailers that I watched, but there were laugh out loud parts to Due Date. Peter’s freak-outs on Ethan were classic and delivered in a way that wasn’t too over the top. There were a few moments where I feel, based on the circumstances, he held it together better than I would have.
I went into the film thinking that Ethan was going to annoy me to no end, but I found him surprisingly endearing. Granted, there were a few moments (his drug stop, falling asleep at the wheel, the fake name) that made me question his sanity, HOWEVER, I understand that all of these things were the catalyst to make the film funny.
And surprisingly it worked.
While its main focus was obviously comedy, there were a few scenes that took you out of the laughter and made the film more dramatic, and also gave a little depth to the characters, which I appreciated. I understand that I’m in the minority with that one – not many people see a comedy for character development. But the few scenes with Ethan’s father’s ashes, primarily when he spills them on the carpet and Peter helps pick them up, tugged at me. It was unexpected in a film like this.
Of course despite the fights, the mishaps, and yes, even a shooting, everything works out in the end.
My favorite lines that made me actually laugh out loud:
Due Date didn’t break any barriers, or try to bring anything new to the movies, but looking at it for what it was – a comedy meant to entertain for an hour and a half, it was great.
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