Due Date manages
to mix quirky just-this-side-of-crazy comedy with a road trip
across country you won't forget.
I would say about 70% of the movie works
and Robert Downey, Jr. gets credit for most of that, although
he is the most unlikable character in the movie.
It has a few rough spots, but I still had
a really fun time. When it's funny, it's darn funny -- after
all that's the point.
This is a comedy cliche that has been played
out dozens of times before.
It may be a different century, but it's
still traveling down that long, lonesome highway, and nothing
is funnier than sticking two opposites together to see what happens.
However, half the fun is getting there.
It's laugh-out-loud funny (at times) with
some good car crashes and equally funny situations.
But on the whole, it's pretty average and
The story revolves around an uptight businessman
who is forced by bizarre circumstances to drive from Atlanta
to L.A. with a peculiar character.
The weirdo is a very irritating wannabe
actor on his way to Hollywood.
What seems to be a simple odd couple road
comedy develops deeper tones.
As the star races to make it home for the
birth of his first child and the co-star grieves for his dead
father while looking for the right spot to spread the ashes.
This movie, after a wild, inappropriate
ride, becomes an exercise in playing two mismatched leads against
If you like to watch a couple of grounded
road travelers driving each other crazy, this film might be right
for adults who enjoy the pained humor of raunchy, outrageous,
As for me, I pass on the long-distance
comic haul called Due Date.