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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Due Date follows all of the classic story twists you'd associate with the sub-genre; they get arrested, they get drunk, they get high, and they destroy their car, but never are these shocking moments ever actually surprising.
The basic problem is the script, which is credited to three writers plus the director -- seldom a good sign. Never mind that it's a retread of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" minus the trains, and minus John Candy.
With its premise so easily established, Due Date is able to be modestly raucous as well as character-driven, which is how it goes astray since it tries to evoke complex moods and feelings that are beyond its ken.