A review on Due Date, a new comedy, starring Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis.
We switched to HBOS for our home insurance recently and got a years supply of Blockbuster films as a thank you – bonus! To start this off we rented Due Date last weekend. This is the new comedy starring Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis and seems to be going for the same look and feel as The Hangover. This isn’t surprising as both films were directed by Todd Films. Films also directed Old School and Road Trip, so I was expecting great things with this movie!
In Due Date, Downey Jr plays the suave but easily upset character, who’s wife is due to go into Labour soon. Galifianakis plays is usual character - strange, unusual, but brilliantly funny. After bumping into each other in the airport, they get kicked off a flight bound to Los Angles. With his wallet still on the plane, Downey Jr faces the prospect for sharing a car journey with Galifianakis (who’s kind enough to offer it in the first place!). Throw in a masturbating dog, a dead fathers ashes in a coffee jar, and special appearance from Jamie Foxx, and you’ve got an intriguing comedy mix.
In reality, this unfortunately isn’t as good as The Hangover. It’s got Galifianakis, the awkward and cringe-worthy moments, and the “cool” character. However, it’s too generic, too Hollywood. Both Old School and The Hangover were refreshingly different, and heartwarmingly cheesy. Unfortunately, Due Date is to The Hangover, what Knocked Up was to Super Bad, a mediocre alternative.
I don’t want to knock the film too much. It’s still funny and has some great actors in it. I just don’t think it will be remembered in the same light as some of Films, Galifianakis, or Downey Jr’s other films. What’s more intriguing is Film’s next film, The Hangover Part Two, coming out this year. Will he be back to his best in this? Anyway, check out the trailer to Due Date here: