3.5 out of 5 stars
"Due Date" is shamelessly derivative and only sporadically funny, yet it allows enough laughs to make the general audience still enjoy its absurd sense of comedy. As a spin-off to the successful new franchise "The Hangover," director Todd Phillips reunites with Zach Galifianakis as the comedian partners with Robert Downey Jr. in a movie devoted to a series of silly situations and vulgar fun.
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Running about 1 hour, 40 minutes long, "Due Date" mainly relies on the comedic power of its main cast. And coming from the makers of The Hangover, the biggest liability this road comedy carries is the expectations for it. It is has some funny sides to it, but it could have been funnier and way much better in many ways. It kind of lacks that small but essential element that can help leaven its vulgarity and quality.
The movie takes a simple premise and goes nowhere as its two leads travel thousands of miles across the United States on a journey of love, friendship, and self-discovery. While it is able to modestly attain a raunchy, character-driven route, it goes astray as it tries to convey complex too much moods and feelings beyond what the story can provide for such an audio-visual offer.
Another fall from the high expectations for it is its being a retread of the 1987 film "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." For "Due Date," it has have the right materials to peg to, along with enough resources and studio and actor support, but it doesn't go beyond being a basic comedy merely dependent on actors' comic alchemy.
Zach Galifianakis as Ethan Tremblay provides another riot performance for Due Date. Robert Downey Jr. as Peter Highman makes for a fine collision of opposites as he renders an effective partnership with Galifianakis to make the best out of the flat film material.
Amidst the film's preposterous events, the two actors generate enough laughs for that fun make believe on a ludicrous road adventure movie. Galifianakis' role seems to typecast him, but he really does a good job in his extended "The Hangover" character for Due Date. Downey's signature sarcasm and executive delivery for his character works well. His angry architect role stuck with the laid-back and plump actor wannabe register an interplay of comic moments towards "The Hangover" direction.
This movie is pregnant with possibilities, yet it disappoints in its overall delivery. It is only meant for those who are fine in getting mere laugh out loud moments through nonsense treats.
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Due Date is much less than The Hangover; it's more like its comedic leftover.