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Due Date (2010)

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  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 5 November 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 95 min
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  • IMDb page: Due Date (2010)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 98,365 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 5 November 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Filming Location: Albuquerque Studios – 5650 University Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Budget: $65,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $100,448,498(USA)(23 January 2011)
  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis and Michelle Monaghan
  • Original Music By: Christophe Beck   
  • Soundtrack: Mykonos
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Birth | Road | Aspiring Actor | Cross Country | Wallet

Writing Credits By:

  • Alan R. Cohen (screenplay) &
  • Alan Freedland (screenplay) and
  • Adam Sztykiel (screenplay) &
  • Todd Phillips (screenplay)
  • Alan R. Cohen (story) &
  • Alan Freedland (story)

Known Trivia

  • The black pickup truck driven by Darryl (Jamie Foxx) is a Dodge Warlock, produced only from 1976 to 1979.
  • Shipped to theaters under the code name “Maternity Day”.
  • In the movie, Ethan (Zach Galifianakis) talks up his Two and a Half Men fan site. The site existed at the time at itsrainingtwoandahalfmen.com.
  • Ethan’s driver’s license displays a birth date of October 1, 1969, the same as actor Zach Galifianakis.
  • As Ethan and Peter enter the hospital looking for Sarah, there is a sign that reads “Meghan W. Ruby Maternity Center”. Meghan Ruby was an art department staff assistant on the film.
  • Alan Arkin filmed scenes as Peter’s long lost father, but they did not make the final cut of the film.
  • On Access Hollywood to promote the film, Robert Downey Jr. said that this film was his ‘most glorious experience’ in all his career.

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Peter says their first stop is Shreveport, Louisiana. Their stop along I-20 is in Madison Parish which is 150 miles from Shreveport.

Plot: High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time. Full summary »  »

Story: Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) must get to LA in five days to be at the birth of his firstborn. He is about to fly home from Atlanta when his luggage and wallet are sent to LA without him, and he is put on the "no-fly" list. Desperate to get home Peter is forced to accept the offer of Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) to hitch a ride with him cross-country. Peter is about to go on the most terrifying and agonizing journey of his life.Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) is a highly-strung architect who is flying home to Los Angeles for the birth of his first child. Due to some Apatow-esque farcical events (which all seem to stem from child-like aspiring actor, Ethan Tremblay (Zack Galifianakis)), Peter ends up being shot by an air marshal and put on a "no-fly" list. As luck would have it, fortune comes in the form of Tremblay, who offers Peter a lift to LA, as Ethan himself is travelling to Hollywood to try his luck at becoming a "real actor".

Straight away the two men’s diametrically opposed personalities clash, and we find out that Ethan has a second motive for his travels – to spread his recently deceased father’s ashes. It is clear instantly that Highman has not a lot of time for Tremblay, and this is not helped by the fact that Ethan decides to make a pitstop at the house of the nearest pot dealer. (whom Tremblay "found on craigslist – she’s very legitimate")

The situation only gets worse from here, when the pair discover that they have $60 left, and to add insult to injury, Ethan spent $200 on weed. Peter decides to have money wired through to Ethan’s account (Highman’s wallet, along with the rest of his luggage, were left on the plane), however when they set up the transaction, Ethan uses his stage name (Tremblay), but only has ID to show his real surname, Chase. When the obnoxious cashier (Danny McBride), who just happens to be a "handi-capable", wheel-chair ridden war vet, decides to take matters into his own hands, and attacks Peter with what looks like a police truncheon, the situation gets out of control.

When Ethan’s attempts to prove himself a "real actor" by enacting scenes on request from Peter, end up exposing a more sensitive, human side to him, Peter appears to warm to Ethan. This doesn’t last long, however, as Ethan’s method of getting to sleep (masturbation) reminds Peter why he was so irritated by him in the first place. In the morning, as Ethan gets out the car at a service station, Peter dumps Ethan’s luggage and his pet dog Sonny, out in the street, before driving off in his car. To his dismay, he discovers Ethan’s father’s ashes in the front of the car, and after wrestling with his conscience decides to go back for Ethan, whom he convinces he simply went off to get them breakfast.

The pair get back on the road again, but as soon as they seem to be getting back on track, Ethan, clearly sleep-deprived, falls asleep at the wheel, causing the car to career off a flyover, making it a write-off, and giving Peter a broken arm and some cracked ribs. Peter, clearly at the end of his tether, decides to ask for his friend Darryl (Jamie Foxx) to take him the rest of the way. Peter snaps at Ethan, telling him to abandon his dreams of becoming a Hollywood star, telling him he despises him and spitting on Sonny. After some advice from Darryl, he decides to seek retribution for his outburst, and offers Ethan a lift too.

Darryl takes the pair to his own house, where the conversation leads Ethan to accuse Darryl of having an affair with Peter’s wife Sarah (Michelle Monaghan), before Darryl reveals the "coffee" they are drinking was from the coffee pot Ethan was carrying – which actually held his father’s ashes. Ethan breaks down in tears at the implications of this, to be consoled by Peter. Ethan’s accusations are forgotten about momentarily, however the seed is now planted, and Peter phones his wife and leaves a message asking her if she has anything to tell him.

The pair get back on the road once again, and Ethan starts smoking the weed. Peter, who had fallen asleep, wakes to find that, due to Ethan having locked the windows and doors, he too is stoned (along with the dog). This leads to a dreamlike sequence where Ethan appears to Peter as a massive hound. Through their shared intoxication, the pair have a heart-to-heart and Peter apologises for his previous "derogatory statements" towards Ethan.

The pair get distracted and end up getting stuck in the queue for the border crossing into Mexico. Because Peter is clearly not an experienced cannabis smoker, his erratic behaviour causes the border official, (Paul Renteria) to become suspicious of them, despite Ethan’s attempts to deceive the official into thinking his glazed eyes are caused by glaucoma. He tells Ethan to cut the engine and hand over the keys to the car. As the official goes to confer with his colleague, Ethan calmly takes the pot of ashes and Sonny, and walks away from the car, leaving Peter to be interrogated by the official and his colleague (Marco Rodriguez), and told "you attempted to transport drugs across a national border – dude, that’s some serious shit."

In a further twist, Ethan shows up and rescues Peter in a daring escape involving a police chase and several counts of criminal damage, nicely summed up by Peter: "How many laws did we just break?". To repay Ethan for his daring rescue, Peter drives up to the Grand Canyon in order that Ethan can spread the ashes. To reflect the poignant mood, Peter decides to confess to his earlier abandonment of Ethan, and Ethan reciprocates by telling Peter that he had his wallet all along, essentially meaning that all the preceding events were unnecessary – he had kept it in order to force Peter into accompanying him. After initially being furious at this, he decides to prioritise and at long last the companions arrive at the hospital just in time to see the birth of Rosie Highman. Unfortunately due to blood loss, Peter collapses, and comes round to find that Ethan cut the umbilical cord.

The film ends with Peter, wife and baby watching an episode of the Charlie Sheen comedy series, "Two and a Half Men", with a guest appearance from – guess who – Ethan Tremblay! (The show had been Ethan’s reason for becoming an actor)

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Scott Budnick known as executive producer
  • Susan Downey known as executive producer
  • Joseph Garner known as associate producer
  • Daniel Goldberg known as producer
  • Todd Phillips known as producer
  • Thomas Tull known as executive producer
  • Jeffrey Wetzel known as co-producer
  • David Witz known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Robert Downey Jr. known as Peter Highman
  • Zach Galifianakis known as Ethan Tremblay / Ethan Chase / Stu
  • Michelle Monaghan known as Sarah Highman
  • Jamie Foxx known as Darryl
  • Juliette Lewis known as Heidi
  • Danny McBride known as Lonnie
  • RZA known as Airport Screener
  • Matt Walsh known as TSA Agent
  • Brody Stevens known as Limo Driver
  • Jakob Ulrich known as Patrick
  • Naiia Ulrich known as Alex
  • Todd Phillips known as Barry
  • Bobby Tisdale known as Carl
  • Sharon Morris known as Airport X-Ray
  • Nathalie Fay known as Flight Attendant
  • Emily Wagner known as Flight Attendent
  • Steven M. Gagnon known as Air Marshall
  • Paul Renteria known as Border Guard
  • Marco Rodríguez known as Federali Agent
  • Mimi Kennedy known as Sarah's Mom
  • Tymberlee Hill known as New Mother
  • Keegan Michael Key known as New Father (as Keegan-Michael Key)
  • Aaron Lustig known as Dr. Greene
  • Jon Cryer known as Alan Harper
  • Charlie Sheen known as Charlie Harper
  • Haji Abdullah known as Airport Passenger (uncredited)
  • Cesar Aguirre known as Airline Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Ambler known as TSA Agent (uncredited)
  • Charley Barksdale known as Flight Passenger (uncredited)
  • James Belyeu known as Airport Passenger (uncredited)
  • Tina Borek known as Driver (uncredited)
  • Shannon Brinson known as Airport Passenger (uncredited)
  • Peter Choi known as Orderly (uncredited)
  • Frances Cobb known as Airport Traveller (uncredited)
  • Kennith Edwards known as Business Traveler (uncredited)
  • Howard Fine known as Himself (voice) (uncredited)
  • Tony Folden known as Construction Worker (uncredited)
  • Gilbert Galon known as Airport Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Joseph Harold known as Private Johnson (uncredited)
  • Cyrah Hawkins known as Orderly (uncredited)
  • Barry Hopkins known as Airport Patron (uncredited)
  • Grant Blanks Kristol known as Airport Car Rental Customer (uncredited)
  • Chris Labadie known as Audience Member (uncredited)
  • Erica LaRose known as Hitchhiker (uncredited)
  • Sarah Reagin known as Airport Security Agent (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Merribelle Anderson known as key hair stylist
  • Jennifer Bell known as hair department head
  • Richard Boggs known as hair stylist
  • Vanessa Davis known as hair stylist
  • LaLette Littlejohn known as makeup artist: Jamie Foxx
  • Yvette Meely known as additional hair stylist
  • Joseph Regina known as makeup artist
  • Keith Sayer known as co-department head makeup
  • Janeen Schreyer known as makeup department head
  • Christopher Trujillo known as makeup artist
  • Dawn Turner known as hair stylist
  • Dionne Wynn known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Bil Barnes known as set dresser (as Bil 'Horndogger' Barnes)
  • Mychael Bates known as property master
  • David D. Baumann known as second unit property master
  • Ted Boonthanakit known as storyboard artist
  • Lance Cheatham known as set dresser
  • Courtney Cocherell known as set decoration coordinator
  • Sage Emmett Connell known as on-set dresser: second unit
  • Doug Crawford known as propmaker
  • Brendon Crigler known as set dresser
  • Jack Evans known as buyer
  • Jeremy Farlow known as carpenter
  • Jane Fitts known as graphic designer
  • Carol Francoso known as scenic foreman
  • Darren Gibson known as construction foreman
  • Amy Giedraitis known as props
  • Kiel Gookin known as art department production assistant
  • Michael Gowen known as construction buyer
  • Julie Hardin known as set dresser
  • Justin C. Hosp known as set dresser
  • Christopher Isenegger known as art department coordinator
  • Lynn A. Johanson known as paint foreman
  • Charles Kern known as camera scenic
  • Calla Klessig known as assistant art director
  • Tammy S. Lee known as set designer
  • Eliot Levin known as props
  • Eric Luling known as on-set dresser
  • Bryan McBrien known as greens coordinator
  • Jeffrey McMahon known as general foreman construction
  • Gordon McVay known as set dresser
  • Nichole Miller known as painter
  • Ash Minnick known as props
  • Hugh D.G. Moody known as assistant art director
  • David H. Nash known as general foreman (atlanta )
  • Mark Nave known as welder
  • Christopher Neely known as leadman
  • Roderick Nunnally known as paint supervisor
  • Jamie Rama known as illustrator
  • Taraja Ramsess known as set dresser: Atlanta
  • Siobhan Roome known as set designer
  • Alisha Rothman known as props
  • Meghan Ruby known as art department staff assistant
  • John H. Samson known as construction coordinator
  • Erin Santini known as props
  • Erin Santini known as set dresser
  • Kyle Smithers known as art department production assistant
  • Michael P. Sweeney known as assistant property master
  • Jenna Sylvester known as buyer
  • Lawrence Tolle known as props: second unit
  • Chris Windish known as laborer
  • Nichole Wleklinski known as set dresser

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
  • Legendary Pictures (in association with)
  • Green Hat Films

Other Companies:

  • Absolut Video  video assist equipment
  • Albuquerque Studios  stage facilities
  • Boone's Animals for Hollywood  animals supplied by
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Corbis  stock photography
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • EMS Payroll  extras payroll
  • Film Art  artwork
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • Framepool  stock footage
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Los Angeles Rag House  grip and lighting equipment
  • Movie Movers  office trailer
  • Pacific Studios Inc.  chromatrans background
  • Panavision Remote Systems  camera cranes and dollies
  • Panavision  cameras (as Panavision Hollywood)
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services
  • Prologue Films  main titles designed by
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  modem card rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Scenechronize  production management software
  • Tomkats Catering  catering
  • Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging  digital intermediate services (as Motion Picture Imaging)
  • WaterTower Music  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2010) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Garsu Pasaulio Irasai (2010) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2010) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Village Films (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2010) (Finland) (all media)
  • Warner Home Video France (2011) (France) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video France (2011) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (Spain) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2012) (Spain) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (UK) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Digiscope (visual effects)
  • Kolbeco Productions (visual effects) (as Kolbeco)
  • Method Studios (visual effects) (as Method)

Visual Effects by:

  • Aaron Chiesa known as digital compositor
  • Brian Delmonico known as compositor: Method Studios
  • Traci Duran known as visual effects editor: Method Studios
  • Jason Forster known as compositor
  • Kerry Graham known as visual effects artist
  • Jason Greenblum known as compositing supervisor
  • Shant Jordan known as visual effects artist
  • Jaimie Lee Jota known as visual effects producer: Method Studios
  • Marc Kolbe known as visual effects producer
  • Marc Kolbe known as visual effects supervisor
  • Alexander Lee known as visual effects artist
  • Andy Mower known as compositor: Method Studios
  • Vinh Nguyen known as senior compositor
  • Terron Pratt known as digital effects producer: Digiscope
  • Patrick J. Rodriguez known as previsualization artist
  • Raechel Rowland known as production assistant: Method Studios
  • Nancey S. Wallis known as digital compositor
  • Stephen Wilson known as visual effects artist: Kolbeco
  • Michael Zavala known as visual effects coordinator: Method Studios
  • Stephen Ceci known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Chris B. Schnitzer known as director of visual effects: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
  • Mai Suzuki known as digital restoration artist (uncredited)
  • Malik Williams known as pipeline technical director (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Finland 31 October 2010 (Night Visions Film Festival)
  • Belgium 3 November 2010
  • Sweden 3 November 2010
  • Argentina 4 November 2010
  • Austria 4 November 2010
  • Chile 4 November 2010
  • Germany 4 November 2010
  • Hungary 4 November 2010
  • Netherlands 4 November 2010
  • Panama 4 November 2010
  • Peru 4 November 2010
  • Russia 4 November 2010
  • Singapore 4 November 2010
  • Switzerland 4 November 2010 (German speaking region)
  • Brazil 5 November 2010
  • Bulgaria 5 November 2010
  • Estonia 5 November 2010
  • Finland 5 November 2010
  • India 5 November 2010
  • Ireland 5 November 2010
  • Lithuania 5 November 2010
  • Mexico 5 November 2010
  • Norway 5 November 2010
  • Philippines 5 November 2010
  • Poland 5 November 2010
  • Romania 5 November 2010
  • Spain 5 November 2010
  • UK 5 November 2010
  • USA 5 November 2010
  • Uruguay 5 November 2010
  • France 10 November 2010
  • Switzerland 10 November 2010 (French speaking region)
  • Hong Kong 11 November 2010
  • Australia 17 November 2010 (limited)
  • South Korea 24 November 2010
  • Australia 25 November 2010
  • New Zealand 25 November 2010
  • Turkey 26 November 2010
  • Egypt 1 December 2010
  • Portugal 1 December 2010
  • Greece 2 December 2010
  • Israel 2 December 2010
  • Malaysia 2 December 2010
  • Slovenia 2 December 2010
  • Indonesia 10 December 2010
  • Denmark 6 January 2011
  • Italy 21 January 2011
  • Japan 22 January 2011

MPAA: Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. nosp-4 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:25 pm

    This is a movie I was prepared to like because Robert Downey is anexcellent actor and Zack G has proved to be a weird character who canbe very funny in the right film.

    But, it just doesn't work very well. This story has been done before,and with much better effect, in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Thetwo movies have a very similar story arc, but in the one case you havetwo very funny men playing actual mature adults who have differingpersonalities, and in the other you have two men who are immatureimbeciles with differing personalities. The former are likable, whilethe latter are just annoying.

    Zack G's character is just too bizarre to be credible, but at least youknow where they are going with him. Downey, on the other hand, is anexcellent actor badly miscast here. His demeanor is just too "dark" andhis personality too brooding and cranky to play the part of a goodfamily man trying at all costs to get home in time for his child'sbirth. To be honest, his character simply isn't very likable, and issometimes just downright mean, even spitting in an innocent dog's face.This is in stark contrast to the frustrated everyman played by SteveMartin in P,T,&A – a person every traveler (stuck next to an obnoxiousslob) understands implicitly. Another example of such a role being doneto perfection is Jack Lemmon in The Out of Towners.

    I suppose it didn't help that the theater was packed with very youngchildren who had no business going to this movie. The very crudelanguage, extensive drug imagery, and graphic masturbation scenes,while funny for adults, were grossly inappropriate for 5-12 year oldsin the crowd. Some people clearly are not cut out to be parents.

    Perhaps the most memorable line in the movie was Downey proclaimingthat he had never done drugs in his life. Given Downey's welldocumented real-life problems, his statement in the movie couldn't helpbut make the audience compare the character to reality, thus serving toknock down the "4th wall" in the process. No doubt the contrast wascreated by intent, but I'm not sure it was a great idea.

    As Steve Martin, John Candy, and Jack Lemmon proved, superior comedyand deeper laughs come from brilliant acting and comic timing. If youhave to resort to endless gutter language, potty humor, andmasturbating canines, you have already lost the game before it starts.

  2. Dan Grant (dan.grant@bell.ca) from Toronto, Ontario
    29 Mar 2012, 11:25 pm

    When you make a road trip movie, and you have two mismatched characterssharing that road, one can't help but to think back to John Hughes 1987masterpiece Planes Trains and Automobiles. It might not be right, butunfortunately, it just happens. And when you do, you come up with theconclusion that this film is a food stamps version of the real deal.While Todd Phillips is talented and Zack Galifinakis and Rober DowneyJr. are fine actors, the material in this film is just mean. In everyway.

    In PTA you had a work-a-holic who was trying to get home forThanksgiving only to get stuck next to a slob. John Candy was that sloband for all of the shortcomings of his character, Del Griffith, thecharacter, knew he was a bit of a slob, he knew he was a bit annoyingand he knew that he was a bit hard to get along with. But when all wassaid and done, he was a sweet man and absolutely knew WHO HE WAS. Ifyou compare him to Zack's character, it's like comparing a characterafter he has been through the editing process 17 times as opposed tothe original draft that Galifinakis seems that he is. Candy might havebeen written like Galifinakis' character is at the beginning, butHughes took the time to polish and shine him. And what we were leftwith a family man, indelibly devoted to his wife and a man who wasgiving, honest, kind and principled. He was flawed no doubt, but hewasn't a jerk. The same can be said about Neil Page, flawed, but adecent human being.

    Due Date has unlikable characters. I mean every single character inhere (with the exception of Downey's wife) is a complete jerk at times.Ethan Trembley is so over the top that you just can't take himseriously. He is just mean and he is such a slob that you have noempathy for him. Peter Highman is an angry, violent rage of a volcanothat even when he is being helped across country to see his wife, hefinds it hard to be nice. This is a man who will punch a child, spit ina dog's face and leave a man broke at a rest room while stealing hiscar. I found it hard to like any character in the film, but especiallythe two leads.

    With PTA, there was humour in the situations. In Due Date, it's justnot that funny because in this film, you have crack whores, lots ofdrugs, unrealistic and cringe-worthy situations, and scene after sceneof incredulous acts that would get you punched out in real life. To seea man masturbate in the seat beside you is not funny. However, seeingthe dog do it, I have to admit, is.

    Due Date sis not entirely unfunny. There are sporadic scenes of humour.And Downey is good, as always. But like I said, maybe it's just wrongto compare it to PTA, but there were laugh out loud scenes like the carrental scene, "You're going the wrong way", "those aren't pillows", "doyou think this vehicle is safe?" and so on on. Then at the end you havethe cover of Every Time You Go Away and it fits perfectly with the toneof the film. At the end of this, you just have Zak being Zak.

    I wanted to like this, but it disappointed me immensely.

    3/10

  3. bill-794-694836 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:25 pm

    Recipe for a bad movie. Remake a great movie, "Planes, Trains andAutomobiles" with many good actors. Discard the potential of MichelleMonaghan and Jamie Foxx. Add canned Juliette Lewis and Danny McBrideshtick to save time. Make the Steve Martin character unlikable. Makethe John Candy character sinister and unlikable. Imagine how one wouldreact to the antics of the other, and then on occasion, invert thereaction. (That adds suspense!) Re-write PT&A with more action bydisconnecting the vignettes; this gives you the freedom to createdisasters and then re-start the plot with the leads not dead or injail, like Saturday morning cartoons. Here's your inspiration – whenyou do "man slips on a banana peel", don't be afraid to make theaudience be the man, make them feel the pain of tailbone falling onconcrete. After 98 minutes of bone breaking aggression and multiplefelonies, add a "oh my god, my kid is black" site gag, make sureeveryone loves one another, sprinkle with pot jokes and sell whileactors' reputations are still hot.

  4. rollerqueen from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 11:25 pm

    After R.D.J.'s excellent performance in Sherlock Holmes, I thought itwould be a pretty safe bet that he wouldn't be into makingturkeys.Unfortunately ,I was wrong. This film is everything a movieshouldn't be.It is gross, offensive and totally without merit.One canonly ask Why????? Robert Downey Jr chose this dross to perform.Thecomparison to Planes,Trains and Automobiles is all too clear- but thatwas an excellent piece of film making and Due Date just isn't.The 2characters don't mesh, there is no growing bond which you see in Planesetc it's too unbelievable that R.D.J's character who has someintelligence would ever stoop to find worth in anything his overbearingunstable road partner would do.Suddenly in one leap- he confesses he"loves" the guy.And wants to stay in touch. The charm and poignantdetail of Planes is sadly lacking.There is no character development,wedon't have emapathy for the nerd character,and by the end of it,I hadnone for R.D.J's character either.An embarrassment to R.D.J's greattrack record, a bitter blow to your pocket and expectations of anentertaining night out.This film sucks.

  5. DarkVulcan29 (DarkVulcan29@aol.com) from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:25 pm

    The critics are being pretty harsh on this film, and yet they give highpraise to such films like Role Models and Get Him to the Greek, so gofigure. But I had a lot fun with Due Date, It was a fun slapstickmisadventure, almost what we loved about The Hangover, so it is clearto say I don't agree with the critics on this one.

    Peter(Robert Downey Jr) an architect looking to get home to hispregnant wife(Michelle Monaghan) who is expecting in a week. And whenhe gets on a plane, he quickly gets kicked off, when he gets into anunfortunate incident with Ethan(Zach Galifianakis) a pot smoking moron,and wanna be actor, who is obsessed with the show Two and a Half Men.When Peter is looking for new ways to get home. Ethan has a car andoffers to drive him. Although it is against Peters better judgment, butfeeling there is no other way, he goes with him. Will Peter make it ontime for his child's birth, or will Ethan drive him nuts during this?

    A lot of people said this is a Plane,Trains and Automobiles ripoff, butyou know what who cares. This was a funny laugh out loud film. Downeyand Galifianakis have funny chemistry, they just play off each otherperfectly. Like The Hangover it is one entertaining misadventure, I saydon't listen to the critics, see this movie and form your own opinion.

  6. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    29 Mar 2012, 11:25 pm

    In Atlanta, the uptight architect Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) isready to go to the airport to fly in the first-class to meet his wifethat has a Caesarean section scheduled in Los Angeles for the birth oftheir first son in five days. However, he stumbles with the clumsypothead and aspirant actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) thatprovokes an incident in the cabin and they are expelled from the planeand Peter is included in the "no-fly" list. Further, without his walletwith documents, credit card and money and luggage that remained in theplane and are delivered in LA. Peter is forced to accept the lift ofEthan that has attended the funeral service of his father and intend todrop his ashes in the Grand Canyon. Peter has a painful journey withmany incidents and accidents and changes his behavior.

    "Due Date" is a disappointing and uneven comedy that is more silly andstupid than funny. The plot uses a similar storyline of "Dinner for theSchmucks" with a straight man that meets a schmuck and is forced tostay with him to achieve a goal. I had great expectation that "DueDate" would be a great film, but the situations that are supposed to befunny never work and I laughed only in a couple of scenes. My vote isfive.

    Title (Brazil): "Um Parto de Viagem" ("A Delivery Trip")

  7. ian-864 from Birmingham, England
    29 Mar 2012, 11:25 pm

    I watched this movie with my wife and had no idea what to expect as wehad not read any reviews. We just watch anything with RDJ and ZG in it.

    However it wasn't long before we both mentioned that this wasstrikingly similar to Planes Trains and Automobiles, but with thedifference that the characters just aren't likable – particularly RDJ'scharacter, who is apparently a selfish jerk with occasional moments ofhumanity.

    I want a comedy with these guys to leave me with a good feeling. Thisleft me very disappointed and kind of sad that it's apparentlyacceptable these days to be a selfish jerk as long as you come good inthe end.

    A sad copy of a classic.

  8. pete wilson from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 11:25 pm

    I found this an uneven film, which relied on large wacky set pieces setalongside very serious (bordering on mawkish) emotional moments makingfor an awkward stop-start feel. Some plot points didn't go anywhere andothers had nowhere near the possible comic payoff you were expecting.

    Personally I found the film lacked a certain energy, in between thelarge plot points there is very little funny dialogue or characterdevelopment which ultimately what makes a road movie like this work.

    Robert Downey Jnr. plays the neurotic straight man up to 11, but oftenthis leads to him going borderline psychotic, while Zach Galifianakisis seemingly a dozen 'wacky' characters you've seen before all rolledinto one. It certainly makes for an odd couple but not the best.

    Its hardly a terrible film but it doesn't flow and feels almost like afirst draft. I tried to ignore the unrealistic elements and plot holesbut there's quite a few. This was disappointing more than anything asthe Hangover managed to balance the off-the-wall elements well forcomic effect, here however it just left me unfulfilled.

  9. The_Film_Cricket from Birmingham, Alabama
    29 Mar 2012, 11:25 pm

    Due Date is a comedy of mass frustration. I'm not just talking aboutwhat happens to the characters in the film, no, this is simply afrustrating comedy sit through. Here is an all-too-familiar roadpicture that pins together two people who hate each other and sendsthem cross-country on a madcap adventure. Needless to say, one guy isan average Joe that we identify with and the other is a blitheringidiot who makes every moment a nonstop irritation. If this sounds, atall like the great Planes, Trains and Automobiles, you're not far offthe mark.

    That earlier movie was a great American comedy. It was funny andendearing because we cared about both parties. We wanted to see SteveMartin get home and we cared about John Candy's shower ring salesmandespite all his goofy inefficiencies. Here the Martin role is filled bya very sour Robert Downey Jr. as Peter Highman, an uptight yuppie onhis way from Atlanta to Los Angelas to witness the birth of his firstchild. The John Candy role is filled by Zach Galifianakis, as Ethan, anirritant on two legs who gets Peter thrown off the plane when he won'tstop saying the word "bomb". Neither of these two characters are reallyfunny enough to spend any amount of time with.

    Peter is probably a nice guy. He seems to care about his wife but hespends the entire movie in a state of boiling anger and that's probablybecause he is saddled with a guy so insufferable that he could turneven the gentlest soul into a state of rage. Through a series ofmishaps, mostly thanks to Ethan's idiocy, they get into every kind oftrouble including: A fight with a veteran in a wheelchair; vehiculartheft at the Mexican border; a shooting; a car accident; and questionsabout whether Peter's wife is pregnant with his child.

    None of this stuff is really funny. It all seems episodic and some ofit is quite violent and unpleasant. I think some of the comic energythat should make these scenes work is missing. We cringe when we shouldbe laughing. I also think that most of the film's failure falls on thehead of actor Zach Galifianakis who always seems to illicit the sameeffect on me as a noisy car alarm. I have seen him in three films nowand he always plays the same annoying character: An oddball doofus whohas a never-ending repertoire of annoying and disgusting habits. Ethanis a pothead with an annoying dog and even more annoying habits – allof which get under Peter's skin and sadly ours too. His presence, Iswear, brings this movie to a dead stop and since he occupies at least90% of it, you can imagine how unpleasant this movie is.

    Due Date was directed by Todd Phillips, who made The Hangover, one ofmy favorite films of recent years. What that film had was a collectionof likable characters and a narrative structure that pulled us frombeginning to end. Here his story an episodic series of annoying momentsand mean-spirited characters. It ranges from disgusting to irritatingto violent and finally soft and cuddly. The problem is that very veryrarely ever funny.

    ** (of four)

  10. ghasl1 from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 11:25 pm

    This movie was trying to be funny but it wasn't the only things funnyin it was the kid pulling on Downy Jr's tie repeatedly and thenjab/punch the kid in the stomach because he was misbehaving, the dogmasturbating scene and the trio (downey,jamie foxx and zach)accidentally drinking the ashes mistaken for coffee.

    You can skip to those scenes but actually watching a movie that goesfor over an hour and a half is tiresome and annoying, because you haveto put up with the obnoxious character Ethan (from the Hangover)whoalways acts like Drop Dead Fred except his the total opposite and isjust plain annoying without any of the humour. Even at the end he wasstill the same, there is nothing likable about him for being a jerk.His bad from start to finish.

    Peter (Downey Jr.) was the serious cast while all this was happening hejust puts up with Ethan's recklessness and doesn't retaliate and onlybanters at him in a non-funny way. Jamie Foxx is only in this movie for10 mins and the pickup truck going over potholes would be funny ifthere was not a dog falling all over the place also it get's spat on byPeter. The way they portrayed animal abuse made it less funny same withtalk about child services. For a comedy movie it doesn't have muchhumour.

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