Due Dateís plot is summarised simply
enough; itís Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring Robert
Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis instead of John Candy and Steve Martin.
As with its John Hughes predeccessor the film entails an Odd Couple
(just think, Downey Jr plays an overachiever and Galifianakis is a
slacker!) forced to travel across America by any means at their disposal
due to a series of frequently comedic calamities. Whereas the Hughes
picture had an abundance of plausibility, sentimentality and deft
comedic timing, however, Due Date has Todd Phillips (Starsky &
Hutch, The Hangover) at the helm and a plot that becomes more
grotesque and ridiculous with each passing minute.
Which isnít to say itís an entirely bad
film; Downey Jr is so talented that footage of him wallpapering his
house would likely make for compelling viewing, and the multifaceted
comedic abilities of Galifianakis are also prominently on display. In
fact the bearded funnyman essentially carries the entire film; Downey Jr
simply isnít given enough to work with and the beautiful Michelle
Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is completely wasted in her
miniscule supporting role as the expectant wifey awaiting the return of
her yuppie beau.
The problem is a series of escalating,
confusing and incredibly unlikely plot convolutions that early on beggar
belief and by the closing scenes border on the psychotic. The film
doesnít just call for suspension of disbelief, it requires the viewer to
take every ounce of disbelief in his body, lock it in an airtight chest,
sail it out to the middle of the Pacific and let it sink slowly to the
The end result is that Due Date
doesnít really work as either a romance or a comedy. Iíve seen it twice
now and Iím still not really sure what it is. There are some great
lines and impressive on-screen talent, but unfortunately here Phillips
oversteps the mark of good taste and plausibility one too many times.
Or make that five or six too many times. Either way the film is just a
shadow of what it could have been, and if itís an
unlikely-pairing-trans-American-comedy youíre after, you still need look
no further than Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
- Complete Two and a Half Men scene
with Ethan Tremblay
- 3 deleted and extended scenes
- 6-minute Gag Reel
- Action Mash Up (a compilation of action
scenes from the film)
- Too Many Questions (Ethan Tremblay
The Blu-ray Combo Pack also contains DVD
and digital copies of the film.