A 2010 comedy, “Due Date” did make me laugh, and if I could pick any two actors to focus on for an entire movie, these two would be at the top of the list for sure. Regardless of it’s humor though, the film is far from perfect.
Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr) is on his way home to his wife, who is expecting their baby at any time. His trip is doomed from the moment he opens the door to the town car he is being driven in, and a maniac runs into it, knocking it clean off. Out of the passenger side of the maniac’s car steps a man, Ethan Chase (Zach Galifianakis) who, just from looking at him, gives Peter a bad vibe. They are reunited on the plane where Ethan makes everyone on the plane uneasy, talking about bombs while Peter is using his phone. The two are removed from the plane, and after losing his wallet, Peter is left with no choice but to join the weird looking, trouble toting, Ethan, on a road trip home.
Let’s just take a look at it this way:
Pros: The movie was indeed funny, and I have probably watched it several too many times. It has those random awkward moments that you would expect from a movie like this. It also has (my favorite thing about it), a great script, giving us several hilarious quotes that we can easily trace back to the film. Whether Peter is seeing red and spitting on dogs, or Ethan is waiting until after they are in the Waffle House to announce that he is allergic to waffles, this movie does well to actually make the random moments funny, and the heartfelt ones meaningful to the plot.
Cons: So how often do I complain about this…the realism. Time and time again this film just screams “IT’S JUST A MOVIE!”. Two times we saw a door get taken off of a vehicle like it was nothing. The first time a car knocked a door off (which in real life would “most likely” just bend it back all the way), and the second time Ethan himself runs into the door and it just falls right off!!! Also, Peter is a man with anger issues, which we do get a glimpse of, but if you have ever known someone with real anger problems, then you will be able to call bullshit on this movie, because I’m sure not convinced that he has any such “real” problem.
But, when it comes down to it, we know it’s a movie, and I do allow a specific tolerance level for such “hollywood” aspects of a film. “Due Date” is a good movie, and I will continue watching it until I can’t stand it anymore (if that day ever comes).
Emotion: 7/10 (How well they mixed it in even though it’s not meant to be truly “sappy”)
Total Abstract Rating: 80% It’s far from perfect or even real, but it is worth your time.
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