Due Date review responses have critics either laughing or cringing. In either case, Due Date review scores are not too high, unlike the other movies the film reminds critics of. This was advertised as a more raucous version of Planes Trains and Automobiles, from the director and breakout star of The Hangover. But the cord that Zach Galifianakis and Todd Phillips struck in The Hangover does not seem to be recaptured here, even with Robert Downey Jr’s extra help. Judging by the reviews, only select sections of the movie will be fondly remembered by Galifianakis, Downey and Phillips fans.
Downey’s pregnant wife is approaching her due date, even though he is not allowed to fly back to be there. His only option is a cross-country trip with Galifianakis’s bizarre, oblivious fellow traveler, which naturally pushes him over the edge.
The Due Date review count on Rotten Tomatoes is just below average, as the movie is at 43 percent positive. The consensus rules that: “Shamelessly derivative and only sporadically funny, Due Date doesn’t live up to the possibilities suggested by its talented director and marvelously mismatched stars.”
Although pairing Downey and Galifianakis together is a winning combination for some, others are unable to put up with them. In particular, Galifianakis’ typical oddball behavior is under greater scrutiny since he isn’t a sidekick this time. His Hangover character was supposed to be a crazy cartoon, but in this movie, many find him much more implausible.
Like with Steve Carell in Dinner with Schmucks, many comments say that Galifianakis is too cartoonish and unrealistic this time – but some are still won over by him at the end anyway. In any case, those same critics are annoyed with Downey’s character as well for being too cruel toward him. Although the two actors may be an ideal match, their characters may be far from it.
Pretty much every Due Date review makes a Planes Trains and Automobiles reference, but Steve Martin and John Candy were allowed to transcend their respective archetypes. To critics, by the time Downey and Galifianakis transcend theirs, it is either too late or unconvincing.
Still, with Downey and Galifianakis involved, and the likes of Jamie Foxx, Danny McBride and Juliette Lewis making cameos, some critics can’t help but laugh. Yet the overall consensus is that this is yet another comedy where the parts are greater than the whole, although the whole could have been great.
Phillips and Galiafianakis are already at work with The Hangover 2, and Downey will be leading The Avengers soon, so they’ll have big chances to get back on track. But with the disappointed Due Date reviews, critics hope they aren’t too hungover from this missed opportunity.
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