Excerpt: "From 'The Hangover' director Todd Phillips, 'Due Date' throws two unlikely companions together on a road trip that turns out to be as life-changing as it is outrageous. Expectant first-time father Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) looks forward to his new child's due date five days away.
Excerpt: Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis make "Due Date" a lot of fun. Despite a weak final act, the two actors take the script to the next level and make this a road trip movie worth checking out.
Excerpt: With the resounding success of “The Hangover”, I think it’s safe to assume that we’ll see more movies in the vein of said movie. I’ve already noticed DVD’s and Blu-Ray’s with the oh so familiar verbiage of “From the studio that brought you ‘The Hangover’” or “From the Producer of ‘The Hangover’.” Ok, we get it – the movie was a success, but that doesn’t mean that every subsequent movie has to be a clone of it.
Excerpt: What do you do when you make a hit movie where a quirky supporting character stole the show? Pump out a sequel and give that quirky character a leading man spot. That’s pretty much what happened when The Hangover made Zach Galifianakis a bit of a Hollywood ‘it boy’ and thus was born Due Date. The fact that Galifianakis is technically a different character in this movie doesn’t really matter. The name may have been changed, but he’s basically playing the same dude.
Summary: Entering with low expectations and a fondness for the two lead players, we found Due Date to be surprisingly funny despite its adherence to well-worn comic conventions. Downey and Galifianakis make a formidable team, playing beautifully off of each other’s strengths. We’d love to see them try something else together any time.
Excerpt: When you can act with your only partner being a dead guy’s ashes inside a coffee can, you rule. Robert Downey Jr. does and nails it, cementing his character Peter Highman as a likeable guy with a short fuse. You can’t blame him for being angry, stuck on a country-wide road trip with Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis), “that guy” who does nothing but annoy with the best intentions.
Conclusion: Todd Phillips continues to better himself as a filmmaker. Though Due Date isn't the rowdy crowd-pleaser that The Hangover was, it's as good as that movie and with more heart and character. While it owes a lot to John Hughes (and doesn't top his film), it delights in its own regard with enough good ideas and a dynamite odd couple.
Conclusion: While I’m not going to recommend you drop everything and pre-order this immediately on Blu-ray, I did like it well enough to warrant an excuse to check this one out some day in the near future. But what it really comes down to is this. Can you stand traveling across country, via automobile, with Zach Galifianakis? Obviously, that premise is what makes this film tick. Seeing Robert Downey Jr.
Excerpt: Expectant first-time father Peter Highman looks forward to his new child's due date five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at his wife's side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when an encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan on a cross-country trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, many friendships and Peter's last nerve.