Movie Review: Due Date (2010)

In Movie Reviews on January 31, 2011 at 8:35 am

There are few things I enjoy more than a good buddy road trip movie. There is so much material writers and directors can mine from two actors trying to reach a goal, with comic relief thrown in. The best of these type of movies, the gold standard of road trips, is of course Planes Trains and Automobiles. The John Hughes classic has so many memorable lines and scenes, I am sure each of you reading this now is snickering a little at your favorite one. It also had heart. You are rooting for both Steve Martin and John Candy’s characters by the end of the movie.

No matter how you want to paint it, Due Date is a remake / knock off / homage to the Hughes classic. You have two mismatched people (Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis) embarking on a cross country trip. Unfortunately, this is where the similarities end. This film is neither funny, nor does it have any type of heart or soul. Both of the main characters are so inherently unlikable from the first scene, you are rooting for their car to be blown up in a explosion.

Downey’s talents are completely wasted on a script that is filled with nothing but drug references, military put downs and infidelity jokes. Galifianakis, who has no comedic talent to begin with, is so unbearable to watch, you have to wonder how he ever made it past a first audition for any movie he has ever been. There is zero comedic timing or chemistry between the two, so what you are left with is an hour and a half of nothing. No laughs, no caring, no emotional connection to anyone in the film in any way. There is not even one slightly amusing scene where you would get a little chuckle to help you get through the mindless mess.

I have never done this before, but I urge all of you to completely and totally avoid this piece of trash at all costs. My first ever:

0 out of 5 star rating.


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