Peter Highman is about to be a father but upon bumping into an odd fellow outside the airport, he’s thrown into one mishap after another landing him on the no-fly list. That same odd fellow, Ethan Tremblay, offer’s Peter a ride to LA and as much as Peter doesn’t like the idea, he has no real choice but to accept if he’s going to make it home in time.
DUE DATE comes off as a really funny film from the trailers but I could easily tell that this was one of those times when they showed far too much of the goods up front before we paid to see the final product (damn marketing). Todd Phillips’ THE HANGOVER trailers felt the same way but ended up tickling the old funny bone with tons of extra laughs which sadly is where DUE DATE falls short. There are quite a few humorous moments to be sure, but more often than not these moments are crushed under the weight of a slow momentum and confusing direction.
I like the story which is original enough and easy to get on board with especially when it came down the airport bit. I loved the whole plane sequence and immediately dug the friction between our two main characters. The dialogue here is gold and Robert Downey Jr. is on fire yet again, carrying this film like it’s a walk in the park. If anyone deserved a second run at Hollywood its RDJ and I for one think he’s brilliant. He does play a slightly shorter fused Tony Stark on Red Bull here but that’s the sort of flavour that makes this film go down as easy as it does. Jamie Foxx and Danny McBride made fun cameo appearances (I can mention them simply because there’s no surprise due to the trailers) but it would have been cool to see more out of them as both are well known when it comes to comedy.
The wild card here is Zach Galifianakis who beyond the shadow of a doubt is playing the same sort of character he did in THE HANGOVER. I found this curious from Jump Street considering THE HANGOVER 2 is currently on the horizon. It seems to me that Galifianakis is pulling a Russell Brand here by overusing the same persona and I really hope this doesn’t hurt the laughs when THE HANGOVER 2 actually hits theatres. I’m not saying Ethan Tremblay isn’t funny because he is, however TOMMY BOY and BLACK SHEEP come to mind here as Chris Farley and David Spade tried very hard to recreate a good thing and failed. I wouldn’t call Galifianakis’ exploits here a failure but his childish antics weren’t nearly as funny here as they were in THE HANGOVER.
DUE DATE was a refreshing step away from all the Horror titles we’ve been seeing of late and ended up being a decent comedy despite its flaws. I enjoyed the ending here and have nothing against road trip comedies; but much like PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE (which were both admittedly better than this one), there are a couple times when this film veers into the uber-ridiculous for the sake of mischievous antics (the border escape was a touch much and I’m still not sure what to think about the masturbation stuff). This comedy is worth seeing for RDJ alone, the man’s hilarious and his reactions to the many bumps in the road are indeed priceless (the part with the kid was hysterical) but I have to be honest and tell you that this is definitely one due date that can be pushed back until DVD and BLU-RAY release.