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Review: Due Date Delivers…Sort of

This weekend I went to see Due Date. I don’t want to say I’m disappointed, cause I’m not, but I was not completely satisfied by the movie. Being a huge fan of almost all of Todd Phillips’ work, which includes classics such as Old School, and soon to be classics like The Hangover, I went in with really high expectations, which could be the reason for how I feel about it now. I am also a massive fan of both Robert Downey Jr. and Zack Galifianakis respectively.

Due Date, if you don’t already know, is about the cross country journey of an up tight and over-reactive architect named Peter Highman (Downey Jr.), and a flamboyant, childlike, aspiring actor named Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis). Peter is trying to get to L.A. for the birth of his first child, and Ethan is trying to move out to Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a famous actor.

Needless to say, their trek from Atlanta to L.A. hits a few speed bumps. The movie has a goal, and gets to that goal in somewhat of a predictable way, minus one minor detour to Mexico. It is sprinkled with heady jokes, and questionable antics, but lacks that laugh out loud hilarity that is synonymous with Phillips and his other movies. Most of the laughs came from the pain that was inflicted on Downey Jr. throughout the movie, but if I wanted to see that kind of humor, I would have gone to see Jackass 3D.

Like I said, it’s quite predictable, and doesn’t surprise us with some sort of twist at the end, but rather ends exactly as one would imagine. The acting throughout was on point as expected from the phoenix that is Downey Jr., who in recent years, along with his career, rose from the ashes of drug addiction, rehab, etc. and Galifianakis, the round hairy wunder kid, who as per roles in The Hangover, It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, and Dinner for Schmucks, is now Hollywood’s foremost funny man. What this movie seemingly lacks then is a good script, which is not normal for Phillips going by his track record.

Despite the huge Box Office numbers this movie is getting with some $12.2 million in the first day, I would give this movie a 6 out of 10, and say you may want to wait for the DVD, the bonus features might have some funny out takes. Now all we can do is hope that Phillips, Galifianakis, et al redeem themselves with The Hangover II due out sometime in 2011.

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