Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 100 minutes
Due date is an American road film comedy by director Todd Phillips (The Hangover). Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Peter Highman, who is trying to fly home to be present for the birth of his first child with wife Sarah (Michelle Monaghan). Unfortunately he comes across Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) who causes them both to be ejected off the plane and barred from flying. Peter, after leaving his wallet on the plane is then forced to accept a ride from Ethan in order to get to LA on time for the planned C section delivery.
The comedy arises from the odd couple pairing with Ethan as the wacky guy countering the straight but neurotic Downey. Of course in their race to get to LA there are lots of mishaps and goofball events along the way as their relationship evolves from hate to new found respect. Yes its very reminiscent of Planes, Trains and Automobiles but unfortunately nothing new is brought to this story which would breathe some life into this typical scenario. PTA is a much better film with great charaters and not even the crass masturbation scene which the writers (Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedham) probably thought was unique and daring just came out as putrid and silly.
It’s surprising that Downey (Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes) would take on such a silly script. Both his character and Galifianakis’ are unpleasant and not remotely sympathetic in any way. The fact they become friends by the end of their ordeal is unbelievably ridiculous. Even more bizarre Jamie Foxx appears in a cameo role as his friend Darryl, which sees him reunite with Downey after appearing together in The Soloist. Foxx’s role adds little to this already lame film. Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers) also makes a cameo appearance as marijuana dealer, Heidi. The few laughs that the audience experiences are of a truly cringe worthy variety rather than anything clever or witty. Be prepared for a groan fest and luckily it is short enough that you can endure it for that time. Looks like Todd Phillips from The Hangover was tactually suffering one during this film. The Hangover it is not.