After watching Due Date, which opened in theaters today, the title seems like an ominous threat rather then open invitation to watch. Due Date is a comedy staring Robert Downey Jr. as Peter Highman as an expectant father to be whose wife’s, played by Michelle Monaghan, due date is only five days away, and Zach Galifinakis as a hideously bad but hopeful actor Ethan Tremblay who decides he wants to have a traveling companion so he doesn’t have to make his trip alone.
Unfortunately that was the beginning of the movie. In the process of gaining Peter as a travel companion, Ethan gets both of them kicked off a plane and put on to the no fly list. After convincing Peter to let him drive him home, they embark on a journey that ends up destroying two cars, sees them stop to by so called “medical marijuana”, drinking of Ethan’s fathers ashes as coffee, running from the Mexican boarder patrol, and Peter being shot in the leg, and gives a prime example of just how irresponsible a person can be, among other things.
The movie tries to be humorous, but unfortunately it tries too hard and the delivery ends up falling flat. The jokes are overly predictable and obviously forced. The slapstick punch lines are overused standards and stale, and, once again, completely predictable. Downey’s acting is it’s usual delivery, which is not bad. His talent is unfortunately wasted on this film. However, Galifianakis’ delivery is painfully forced and deliberate and completely unbelievable, and even grinding at times. The character development is dry, and leaves you wishing that more time had been spent on the screenplay. In fact there is nothing about the characters that are likable. The plot was also just as dry and copied as every other road trip movie (for example “I’ll be home for Christmas released in 1998)
In all Due Date is a completely avoidable movie, and your money better spent on something else. If you want a time-waster movie, and your not expecting anything spectacular, then go see Due Date. If your looking to see a film with a strong plot, gripping characters, and good delivery, then Due Date is definitely not for you. All I can say is, thank God there were end credits because if there weren’t, my face would have frozen into a permanent cringe.
Due Date receives a perfect F. Sadly F is the lowest I can go