Due Date (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Shamelessly derivative and only sporadically funny, Due Date doesn't live up to the possibilities suggested by its talented director and marvelously mismatched stars.


Movie Info

Director Todd Phillips re-teams with his break-out Hangover star Zach Galifianakis for this road movie concerning a soon-to-be father (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and his cross-country trip to make it back in time for his baby's birth -- with the only roadblock being the dubious passenger (Galifianakis) who's along for the ride. Michelle Monaghan and Jamie Foxx co-star in the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Rating: R (for language, drug use and sexual content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Adam Sztykiel, Todd Phillips
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2011
Box Office: $100.4M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Peter Highman

as Ethan Tremblay

as Sarah Highman

as Darryl

as TSA Agent

as Airport Screener

as Limo Driver

as Patrick

as Flight Attendant

as Flight Attendant

as Air Marshall

as Border Guard

as Federali Agent

as Sarah's Mom

as New Mother

as Dr. Greene

as Alan Harper

as Charlie Harper

as Airport Screener
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Critic Reviews for Due Date

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (39)

Downey is not entirely comfortable playing straight man and a little of Galifianakis's antics goes a long way.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Due Date is absolutely hilarious! Downey Jr. and Galifianakis are perfect together and the film is wildly entertaining.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

As far as road trip comedies go, this isn't the best one. However, it has plenty of funny parts - even outside of the trailer.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
7M Pictures

Aims the slow burn of Robert Downey Jr. at the addled idiocy of Zach Galifianakis in a "Hangover" director's version of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."

Full Review… | January 31, 2013
Movie Nation

"Due Date" begins with a bad dream and eventually feels like one. It's tired and formulaic and offers only a few mild laughs.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Big Hollywood

Phillips convolutes the adventure with a bizarre mix of unrealized emotional complexity and over-the-top gross-out humor but most viewers will still enjoy the loony ride.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
ScreenRant

Audience Reviews for Due Date

Zach Galifianakis' giant, slobbering puppy routine just makes you want to smack his nose with a 2x4, but then he throws out this really moving crying scene that seems charged by the depths of his soul. That's basically the dynamic between the humorless, responsible, soon-to-be-dad and the infuriating, good-hearted, actor-wannabe in "Due Date," and it works. RDJ plays a great, blasť straight man, and the budding father/overgrown-son relationship is filled with triumphs and laughs. But alas, Michelle Monaghan is, once again, a mere supportive woman.

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Zach Galifinakus and Robert Downey Jr work off perfectly hand in hand with the comedy and the whole movie was full of unexpected moments that made it more funny every second of the film

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Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

This is pretty much Planes, Trains, and Automobiles for a new generation, except this film is quite as funny or well-made. It's not a remake of that film, so much as it is a take on that film's general concept. With this one though, just swap out Thanksgiving for the birth of a child, and take away the trains (well, there are cameos, but that doesn't quite count).

Downey Jr is the straight man, Galifianakis is the obnoxious (big emphasis there) but well meaning (we hope) comic relief, and joining them are a number of nice little cameos, with one of the best being from Juliette Lewis, although Foxx is not bad. I like Michelle Monaghan, but could have used more of her. I feel that way about her career in general, though.

There are some laughs, but I never found this film to really be hilarious. There are some serious, dramatic, and even legitimately touching moments, but overall, tonally this film is inconsistent. PTA was a little mean spirited besides heart warming and hilarious, but it also felt more convincing, and the changes in tone and character were earned. This film doesn't quite get there. It sure tries though.

I think the main thing is that this film had a lot of potential, but, to tie in with the film's plot, it's a bit premature. The script could have been retooled and some of the story elements could have been reworked to get the audience to care just a tad more, and have it stick.

I did like the performances though, because those were decent, although Galifianakis did get on my nerves, which doesn't really ever happen. Maybe I'm just tiring of his shtick. Some of the film's big moments are cool ,but some are maybe just a little too over the top or ludicrous.

All in all, I can't bring myself to give this a mild recommendation, even though I didn't find the viewing experience of it to be unenjoyable. I actually do sort of recommend it though, like mostly if it's on cable or something. Otherwise, it's not really a film that must be seen.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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