Due Date (15)

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Tue Nov 2 2010

Two mismatched guys – one wealthy and uptight, the other poor, portly and overfriendly – are thrown together on an impromptu cross-country road trip. At first they hate each other, but after a long series of misunderstandings and misadventures the two reach a grudging acceptance, even affection. Yep, you’ve gotta love ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’.

To be fair, ‘The Hangover’ director Todd Phillips goes out of his way to distance himself from John Hughes’s well-liked holiday romp, largely by making ‘Due Date’ a lot louder, ruder and more violent. But it doesn’t work: every time we look at Robert Downey Jr’s highly strung Peter, we remember how good Steve Martin was in a near-identical role. And every time we meet Zach Galafianakis’s masturbating slob Ethan, we recall how John Candy managed to be both infuriating and sympathetic without resorting to crude grossout.

Phillips also tries to distinguish his film by littering it with cameos, some of which work – Danny McBride as an enraged ex-soldier, RZA as a stony-faced customs official – but most of which feel underdeveloped: Juliette Lewis plays second fiddle to Galafianakis in a scene as a white-trash pot dealer, and Jamie Foxx, as Downey’s best friend, walks out of the room midway through a scene and, inexplicably, never returns.

There are some decent laughs scattered throughout ‘Due Date’, but  Phillips can’t find a way to make his two leads likeable: they remain obnoxious and ill suited right to the schmaltzy finale. The result is noisy, episodic, fitfully amusing but forgettable.
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Fri Nov 5, 2010

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Thomas Noctor

Laughed all the way through this, ignore the haters, very funny and entertainig movie! Not for a square!

Towel

2 laughs in the first hour, one was when they crashed the car 2nd was when the wheelchair bound ex army guy hit Downey with cosh. Then turned film off. Pile of crap,

bill

my oh my.We've not had a barny like this one for a few months.subjects that provoke such a response intrigue me.Todd Phillips makes funny films.Billy Wilder 'made'funny films.I loved many of Wilders classic movies stalg 17,some lik it hot(I agree that the premise was truly stupid) seven year itch,the aparment,But I dont think that they stand up well against material that came after.Every generation has its favourite clowns,right now its the jack ass era!You just have to look at how many comics do huge arena shows to see how much people want to laugh.as for movies,its bigger and better year after year.thats progress(the commodore 64 comments were hillarious,the boiling water was not,and unfortunately Frank hepls makes the point that older humour can miss the mark in modern society,while a sarcastic comment about an aged home computer is more witty,nae,'Wilderesque'?) comparing two eras is futile,and to say that voters regularly pick a film in their definitve list is also weak,(was every cinema goer in the world consulted during the maling of these lists?)lets not forget our political voting system determines that aparty with around 35% of the vote can assume power,meaning around 60/65% of the popular vote did not want them..I love the Empire state building and chocolate,but to compare them. would just be silly...Why is it, if one thing is great then something slightly different is not allowed tobe?I hope Todd Phillips continues to evolve as a movie maker as his early outings have had cinema goers reduced to tears of laughter at the viewings I have attended.Billy wilder was a great movie maker( for an Austrian ????) his films have lost a little sprkle but they represent their era well . and I'm middle aged

bill

my oh my.We've not had a barny like this one for a few months.subjects that provoke such a response intrigue me.Todd Phillips makes funny films.Billy Wilder 'made'funny films.I loved many of Wilders classic movies stalg 17,some lik it hot(I agree that the premise was truly stupid) seven year itch,the aparment,But I dont think that they stand up well against material that came after.Every generation has its favourite clowns,right now its the jack ass era!You just have to look at how many comics do huge arena shows to see how much people want to laugh.as for movies,its bigger and better year after year.thats progress(the commodore 64 comments were hillarious,the boiling water was not,and unfortunately Frank hepls makes the point that older humour can miss the mark in modern society,while a sarcastic comment about an aged home computer is more witty,nae,'Wilderesque'?) comparing two eras is futile,and to say that voters regularly pick a film in their definitve list is also weak,(was every cinema goer in the world consulted during the maling of these lists?)lets not forget our political voting system determines that aparty with around 35% of the vote can assume power,meaning around 60/65% of the popular vote did not want them..I love the Empire state building and chocolate,but to compare them. would just be silly...Why is it, if one thing is great then something slightly different is not allowed tobe?I hope Todd Phillips continues to evolve as a movie maker as his early outings have had cinema goers reduced to tears of laughter at the viewings I have attended.Billy wilder was a great movie maker( for an Austrian ????) his films have lost a little sprkle but they represent their era well . and I'm middle aged

anth

And a cup of horliks a pipe and some slippers delivered to the retirement home for you Frank,, are you typing this on a commodore 64,I think to assume one is a teenager just coz they don't share your view that all old films are better than all the new stuff proves your in the right place big F. Enjoy dads army on saturday

scotty

the thing is michael james...not liking humour this raw and risque proves that one is not witht hte times,thats all I'm saying.I know somepeople loved it and some hated it,for me hangover was good but very repetetive.This movie showed the the directors humour is maturing.Anyone saying Billy ilder is better does not get the point..itslike comparing sportstars 50 years apart..how often do we look at old 'stuuf'and cringe at how its dated,yes we still like them because of how they made us feel at the time but generally they age poorly,like movies,music,clothes architecture,computers etc etc the list is not exhaustive..this film was jaw droppingly funny,I think to drag up old shit just makes one sound....wel......158 years old!!

scotty

the thing is michael james...not liking humour this raw and risque proves that one is not witht hte times,thats all I'm saying.I know somepeople loved it and some hated it,for me hangover was good but very repetetive.This movie showed the the directors humour is maturing.Anyone saying Billy ilder is better does not get the point..itslike comparing sportstars 50 years apart..how often do we look at old 'stuuf'and cringe at how its dated,yes we still like them because of how they made us feel at the time but generally they age poorly,like movies,music,clothes architecture,computers etc etc the list is not exhaustive..this film was jaw droppingly funny,I think to drag up old shit just makes one sound....wel......158 years old!!

samantha

boring, funny at parts but a bit on the boring side. The trailor is the only thing worth watching really..

scotty

Ok mr large,, a man wanking in a car ia not funny, but in. A movie ? With another guy sat next to him ? And the dog joins in??? Come on !! That's hillarious, I can only gues from your billy wilder comment you enjoy old black and white shitty comedy with harold lloyd and charlie chaplin in it,, billy wilder WAS funny but its now dated, get with the programme,, drinking dead mans ashes ? Its pure genius ,, you must be 158 years old !!!!!!!!!

scotty

Ok mr large,, a man wanking in a car ia not funny, but in. A movie ? With another guy sat next to him ? And the dog joins in??? Come on !! That's hillarious, I can only gues from your billy wilder comment you enjoy old black and white shitty comedy with harold lloyd and charlie chaplin in it,, billy wilder WAS funny but its now dated, get with the programme,, drinking dead mans ashes ? Its pure genius ,, you must be 158 years old !!!!!!!!!

Graham Large

I think I must be losing my sense of humour, if this film is desrcibed as even vaguelu amusing by some reviewers. I though Trains, Planes and Aeroplanes was pretty subtle and funny with two actors who made the most of their lines. But Due Date featured two characters, both of whom were repellent in their various ways, which made it hard to empathise with either of them. Is the sight of a fat man masturbating in a car funny? I guess if you find this scene amusing this film is for you, but not for me, thank God. Billy Wilder where are you?

lee

are these people for real, or just have no sense of humour? this film is hilarious. If you liked the hangover, you'll love this, i'm going back for my second helping this friday

lee

are these people for real, or just have no sense of humour? this film is hilarious. If you liked the hangover, you'll love this, i'm going back for my second helping this friday

jock

this is the film the Hangover wished it was,, so funny,,in parts there were people laughing incontrollably,,,, bare feet horny dog nuff said... in my top ten of funniest films ever... parallels with planes trains , but the hangover PRAYS it could be this humurous

jock

this is the film the Hangover wished it was,, so funny,,in parts there were people laughing incontrollably,,,, bare feet horny dog nuff said... in my top ten of funniest films ever... parallels with planes trains , but the hangover PRAYS it could be this humurous

scrumpyjack

Im no fan of the (ok) Hangover and this is "ok" as well. Surprisingly ok, in fact. 2 for 1 or free ticket stuff...6/10

Charlotte

Mildly amusing in places but really isn't worth paying to see it at the cinema. It's clutching at straws to compare it at all with the Hangover, so really don't bother seeing it unless you're desperate to go to the cinema and have seen everything else.

David

sorry...but can i have my money back please? seriously..~I should of been paid to sit throught it. the jokes were just not funny and it just became cringe worthy. What a waste of talented actors to be involved in such an appauliing script

Ells

Do not waste your time or your money! It is not funny, but rather pathetic and wish I never went to see it!

critique

Enjoyable mismatched-travellers road movie. It`s been done before, and better (Midnight Run, Planes, Trains...), but it`s decent, disposable fun.