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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Conclusion: Due Date has it all: great cast, funny script, surprising tone and plenty of laughs. Unfortunate comparisons to The Hangover are inevitable, but Phillips's buddy comedy stands strong on its own. At the very least, it's worth renting.
Excerpt: Good road movies are easy. Great ones, those are hard. Good road movies deliver a few laughs and at least one scene involving the excessive use of alcohol and drugs, and then get out of the way so you can get on with your life.