Movie Review- Due Date

Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. star in “Due Date,” a movie about an eccentric wannabe actor on his way to Hollywood and a bad-tempered expectant father on the way to Los Angeles for the birth of his first child. At the start of the movie, Downey (Peter Highman) meets Galifianakis (Ethan Tremblay) at the airport where their luggage is switched and they subsequently get into an argument on the plane and are put on the “no-fly list.” After a significant amount of grumbling from Downey’s character (who also lost his wallet in the shuffle), they decide to drive cross-country together. As one can imagine, there are plenty of crazy happenings along the way, including numerous car crashes and run-ins with the law. One such incident occurs when Ethan decides he wants to “clam bake” in their borrowed Range Rover. Of course, Peter also gets high, which actually makes him more likeable since he stops grumbling for a few minutes. In the end, Peter letting his guard down gets them all in trouble when they end up being interrogated by officials at the Mexican border.

“Due Date” is one film that truly could not have been more type-cast or predictable. After all, who would expect Zach Galifianakis to play an odd, but loveable stoner? Downey Jr.’s typical portrayal of a high strung architect leaves the viewer waiting for the tension to break, but alas it never does. The one character who really adds laughs to the predictable plot is Juliette Lewis as a small town drug dealer that Ethan Tremblay insists on visiting. Overall, if you’re in the mood to watch a comedy similar to “Due Date,” go for “Pineapple Express” or “The Hangover,” which provide a lot more humor and a lot less awkwardness.

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