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This week's reviewed movie is:
Due Date




Gene the Barber

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Gordie the Barber



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 still predictable.

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 each other.

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, bad behavior.

As for me, I pass on the long-distance comic haul called Due Date.

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