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Due Date (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 185
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 111

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

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 23

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

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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

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Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Adam Sztykiel, Todd Phillips

Feb 22, 2011

$100.4M

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All Critics (186) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (111) | DVD (11)

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

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Films like Get Him to the Greek have already done a far superior job with madcap this year.

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (2)
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The most offensive bodily fluid being hurled around in Due Date are the tears that Phillips dishonestly tries to wrest from the audience's eyes.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Slate
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Due Date is funny enough, but it should have been funnier.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Todd Phillips needs to get off the road.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
Newark Star-Ledger
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As in the most useless sitcoms, the laffs depend entirely on someone behaving as ridiculously as possible, in uninteresting ways devised by the dullest minds.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (4)
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Due Date is absolutely hilarious! Downey Jr. and Galifianakis are perfect together and the film is wildly entertaining.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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."

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
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.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
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.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

"Due Date" wants to get you attached to its characters, but never finds the emotional resonance to make it happen.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

... Dramatic moments work better than most of the comedy.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Downey and Galifianakis start this year's movie countdown to Christmas ho-ho-ho's with a solid round of rousing ha-ha-ha's.

September 26, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

It runs out of steam before the end comes into view.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Some amusing bits punctuate the tone-deaf proceedings like actual bits of chicken in Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Having established that this movie has no good reason to exist beyond extending Zach Galifianaki's recent brand ascendancy, it's as good as you could want a useless entertainment exercise to be.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Peter and Ethan are not people you'd care to have sitting next to you on the shortest of bus trips, let alone a 2,000-mile car journey, but Downey Jr and Galifianakis make Due Date well worth the ride.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

How much you'll enjoy Due Date depends more on your esteem for the leads rather than the quality of the screenplay; it is a mess of emotions and situations, working more than not, though tainted by that air of laziness that the entire production invites.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

...an ill-tempered comedy, relying on misfortune and childishness for its humor.

February 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A post-9/11 reproductive countdown road movie, Due Date rummages for laughs by pairing two eccentric comic actors together for a long cross-country drive, who should probably never be in the same room together.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Due Date manages to deliver the laughs.

February 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinemaclips.com

full review at Movies for the Masses

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Remember the John Candy/Steve Martin comedy 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'? If so, 'Due Date' will bring it back to mind because it's a blend of that film and "The Hangover."

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comment (1)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes depressing, 'Due Date' may be more psych test than comedy...

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Due Date

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
June 10, 2013
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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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.
May 23, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

They have to admit: It's basically a remake of "Trains, planes and automobiles" as two very unlike strangers get thrown together for a road trip through the US. The film can rely on Downey Jr. for being a wonderfully arrogant snob, while Galifianakis is basically just his own, weird self once again. That does create quite a few laughs, while other parts feel as if you've seen them all before (and better). They even tried to add the emotional depth of "T, p and a" by giving the funny character a tragic back story. That only partially works. While the result is entertaining enough, it never manages to reach you on an emotional level like Candy and Martin did 25 years ago. And the laughs were bigger back then, too.
December 7, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

You get the feeling that these men genuinely despise each other in real life, it wrecks the whole movie.
September 8, 2012
Joe McCall

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    1. Peter Highman: If you don't like waffles, don't eat waffles!
    2. Ethan Tremblay: Then don't take me too a waffle house!
    – Submitted by Jade C (6 months ago)
    1. Peter Highman: I despise who you are on a celluar level.
    – Submitted by Jade C (6 months ago)
    1. Ethan Tremblay: I once ate a foot long corn dog on a nude beach.... I'll never do that again.
    – Submitted by Jade C (6 months ago)
    1. Peter Highman: I spat on your dog? I'm sorry but i have no recollection of that!
    – Submitted by jade D (15 months ago)
    1. Peter Highman: I despise who you are on a cellular level.
    2. Ethan Tremblay: Okay, I've heard that before and I'm trying to work on it.
    – Submitted by Maria S (21 months ago)
    1. Ethan Tremblay: He really enjoyed coffee & in the end he was enjoyed as coffee.. kind of circle of life.
    – Submitted by Nikhil P (2 years ago)
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